The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) describes a “deluge” of environmental wrongdoing complaints and highlights an online form to streamline the process.
“We are struggling to keep up with the volume,” Ashlea Brown, environmental regulatory director, said in a statement Tuesday. “We had to think outside the box and find a way to make sure we’re reviewing every complaint and prioritizing the most serious issues.”
The LSRCA monitors the area around Lake Simcoe and includes parts of Uxbridge and Scugog, as well as most of Brock.
According to the conservation authority, the number of complaints has doubled from 145 in 2019 to almost 400 in 2021.
The online form will require “detailed information to better assess the extent of the problem”.
Some matters are outside the jurisdiction of the conservation authority.
For example, if you see an animal in distress, you are asked to call animal control or the animal welfare line. The felling of trees is governed by municipal regulations. Spills are the responsibility of the provincial Ministry of the Environment through its spill hotline.
“The Conservation Authority piloted the form in 2021, and so far it has helped gather better information, but many people are still submitting complaints that fall outside the area of responsibility of the Conservation Authority. conservation authority,” read a statement. “They hope that the additional initial instructions and the abandonment of telephone complaints will help them.”
For more information on how to report a problem and complete the form, Click here.
Photo courtesy of the LSRCA