Water Quality Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?

John Antonioni

Ramsey Lake is in my Ward and therefore, I’ll focus on issues of Ramsey Lake. The greatest threat to Ramsey in the increasing phosphorous injection into the lake. Much of this is untreated road runoff, particularly through Frobisher Creek. Furthermore, septic beds and tanks of those living on the lake may require further upgrades.

Fern Cormier

Implement the treatment of storm sewer water and incorporate that into all new development. Try to implement mandatory maintenance of septic systems.

Hannu Piironen

One of the most important steps is to complete Watershed studies of our significant lakes beginning with Ramsey Lake. We need to create scientific bench marks so we will be able determine if efforts and policies adopted are making progress toward improving water quality. Phosphates and other contaminants must be prevented as much s possible from entering our water systems. Storm water run off should be controlled by catch basins and natural filtration should be utilized as methods of water cleansing before it reaches our lakes. Septic systems and field beds must be inspected by the proper authorities to ensure that they are up to code and operating properly and not leaching pollutants into the waters.
I am also concerned about the transport of crude oil and other dangerous toxic chemicals by rail through our community and especially within metres of Ramsey Lake. We should know what types of cargos are carried through our City and we should have plans in place to deal with what would be an environmental catastrophe in the event of a derailment near Lake Ramsey. In the longer term we should work towards moving the rail lines and yards to a safer area.

Steve Ripley

Identify causes of pollution and natural issues caused by the affecting contributors(runoff, over-fertilization and field bed leeching) and eliminate them

Mila Wong

POLLUTION!!!

Candidate name 2. How will you move these forward?

John Antonioni

Significant environmental impact studies in road development around lake areas must be undertaken. Ways to mitigate the number of lanes in development must be undertaken and diversionary and runoff treatment options must be priced and discussed in open Council.

Those with field beds operating in close proximity to lakes must have them inspected and operating properly.

Fern Cormier

Fight for/support funding requests for these and other measures as needed.

Hannu Piironen

I will support initiatives at the Council level as stated above to achieve these ends.

Steve Ripley

I will start by introducing a bylaw restricting 2 stroke outboards from Ramsey lake to remove a major polluter from the lake.

Mila Wong

We need to address the “visible” pollutants via policies, restrictions and consequences.
The bigger issue is the chemical/medical pollutants. It is a challenge to dissect these pollutants from the water supply. Currently we recycle water use with these chemical/medical invisible pollutants still in there.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers (b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies (c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands (d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas (e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River

John Antonioni

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Fern Cormier

I will champion that I will champion that Unsure I will champion that Unsure

Hannu Piironen

I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure

Steve Ripley

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will vote in favour

Mila Wong

I will champion that I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

John Antonioni

B– this may already exist today in some capacity with the monies transpired from the City to the NDCA. $620K
C-- City already does this through the NDCA

Fern Cormier

For c I would want more information from the NDCA and the role they play in reviewing proposed developments in floodplains. For e I would want more information from both the proponent of the hydro electric dams & the Vermilion River Stewardship Committee.

Hannu Piironen

A-Yes, if and when necessary
C-Generally yes. Wetlands are important to water filtration and wild life and developing on flood plains create unnecessary risks to persons and property. I would not support large scale development in these types of areas.
E-I will have to study the matter further.

Steve Ripley

Mila Wong

A-Amen to this! I will champion that, why are we building at water edge, even the Living with lakes building is right at the shoreline edge, the invasiveness of this will never be remedied. Was it for the view?
B-I will champion that, we cannot take for granted what we have now. Just look at other countries.
C-Absolutely, it is just like waiting, for when a disaster happens. Remedial work and insurance costs are also high.
D-I support this and also critical to this matter is the condition of existing sewers (state of repair, leakages, etc.
E-I do not know of this matter so I cannot comment on it.


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