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?

Robin Auger

Something we should all be more conscious of but are not. It is my opinion that we should limiting or regulating the motorized vehicles on Ramsey lake in the summer. Ramsey lake is the biggest source of drinking water in our city and it is very counterintuitive to allow several gas driven vehicles to run in the lake. No matter how efficient the motor is a gas powered water vehicle always leaves pollution in the water behind as well as emissions that go into the air. It is also my opinion that blue green algae will be one of the biggest problems to face our lakes as it has already shown how invasive and harmful it can be, we have to find a way to address this problem now before it becomes impossible to control.

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

We must ensure that contaminated run off into our lakes and rivers, particularly those we draw drinking water from, is minimized.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

The city must priorize the completion of the StormWater Management Study and analyze the effects of all developments against the maintenance or improvement of lake water quality. There are currently several hundred thousand dollars dedicated to the completion of these studies but we need to clearly define when, and where these studies will be available and whether further funding should be dedicated this year. It is essential that we have the ability to measure the effects of any further developments and be completely sure that all future developments be evaluated for storm water control and the overall effect of the development.

Walter Prus

Candidate name 2. How will you move these forward?

Robin Auger

I will bring to council the issue with motorized vehicles on Ramsay lake as well as bring up the need for our City to look into what can be done to address blue green algae. Blue green algae will be in my view one of the biggest threats to local lakes and drinking water in the future and we should proactively be searching for solutions now to stay ahead of the problem.

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

For existing developments within lake and river catch basins, we must ensure that proper educational materials and information is passed along to residents and businesses. For new developments, we can ensure that an environmental assessment by the Nickel District Conservation Authority is maintained as part of the planning process to ensure that all potential situations are considered and clearance is given before building starts.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

This must be moved forward by questioning the timetable for the studies and also by being more critical when it comes to planning decisions on related water shed.

Walter Prus

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

Robin Auger

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

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

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

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

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

Walter Prus

Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Robin Auger

Gordon Drysdale

Mike Jakubo

(c)Definitely vote in favour of banning development in flood plains (e) I frequent a camp on the Wahnapitae River (from which the City draws drinking water), a river that has a series of hydro dams which have not compromised the quality of water, the supply of fish or the quality of life for residents or campers. If the Vermilion project was similar I cannot see an issue, however, not being familiar with the specific characteristics of the Vermilion I cannot make a firm decision.

Dave Kilgour (Incumbent)

Walter Prus


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