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May. 20, 2022 | Friday
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Town wants Lakeshore sewage lagoons to remain as wetlands
Brock Sansom, left, and John Boot have been lobbying to retain Lakeshore sewage lagoons as wetlands for a couple of years. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Town council wants the Niagara Region to restore two wastewater ponds on Lakeshore Road and retain them as wetlands.

John Boot and Brock Sansom from the Harmony Residents Group, a non-profit organization in NOTL, spoke to council Monday night.

The group wants to create a natural heritage park on Lakeshore Road in an area owned by Parks Canada. The wastewater treatment plant on Lakeshore has been in the works for a couple of years and is expected to open this spring.

The area was already a natural wetland before it was developed for a wastewater treatment plant, said Sansom, and it would cost the region less to keep them as wetlands than filling them in.

“The region has invested significantly to create the ponds, so why not keep them and use them to create a natural wetland,” said Sansom.

“Let Mother Nature reclaim the ponds and change them into environmentally-friendly habitats for wildlife and fauna.”

The previous town council wrote a letter to Parks Canada expressing support for the Harmony Residents Group. Sansom and Boot were hoping the current council would do the same.

Sansom also addressed two main objections to keeping the ponds — odour and mosquitoes.

“Odour occurs during the primary treatment process, not the second stages of that,” said Sansom. “No effluents, no odour.”

Mosquitoes aren’t a problem either because of natural larvae predators, said Sansom.

Council agreed to send a letter to Parks Canada and Niagara Region in support of keeping the lagoons.

Coun. Gary Burroughs said sending a letter was an important statement.

“The Harmony group has done the homework and kept it going through the years, ” he said. “But the letter should come from (council).”

Council also passed a motion to ask Parks Canada and the region to hold another public meeting on decommissioning of the sewer treatment ponds.