We are the stewards of our land, water, air, wildlife and community.
It's already becoming evident that our water resources are not as renewable as we once may
have thought. And urban sprawl is threatening natural areas and
agricultural land resulting in disruptions in wildlife corridors,
natural eco-systems and future food supply.
As important as development may be to our prosperity, the loss of
wetlands, treed areas and other natural habitat will impact our ability
in the future to maintain the natural beauty and resources that we value
and the region is known for.
Respectful and controlled public access to river valleys, other
waterways and natural areas using trails and educational interpretive
centres similar to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre will help generate a
healthy appreciation for the environment and the inter-dependent
eco-systems. However, uncontrolled access by all-terrain and other
off-road vehicles threaten the sensitivity of those areas. Options need
to be explored to provide facilities or areas that off-road vehicles can
be enjoyed without having negative impacts on the environment.
Although there is a case to be made for constructed wetlands as a means
of storm water management, great care must be taken to avoid the
destruction of natural habitat in the process.
One of the great challenges facing us today is how to get rid of our
garbage. Expanding landfills can no longer be considered sustainable.
Turning garbage to gas, electricity or biofuels has become
technologically feasible. The recent Plasco proposal to use that
technology in the region to turn garbage to gas, power and other usable
products could put the region on the leading edge of green technology in