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Springwater mayor facing watershed moment with NVCA questions

In Blog
Oct 23rd, 2023

Springwater Township Mayor Jennifer Coughlin.

From Barrie Today, Wayne Doyle, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Oct 20, 2023

‘This isn’t leaving the NVCA, it’s reverting back to where it was in 1999,’ says mayor.

A lack of accountability and inadequate service levels.

Those are the two main reasons why Springwater Township Mayor Jennifer Coughlin brought forth a motion at Wednesday night’s regular council meeting requesting staff prepare a report that would outline the process the township would have to take to reverse a 1999 council decision that placed the entirety of Springwater under the jurisdiction of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA).

Prior to the 1999 decision, 84 per cent of the township was under NVCA jurisdiction.

“Over the past many many years, I’ve heard from residents across the township with questions that didn’t make sense to me,” she said after introducing her motion. “I would talk to generational farmers who would tell me that their land never used to be NVCA jurisdiction and how is it possible?”

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