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Brockton Changes Nitrate Issue

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton rescinds 2010 declaration about nitrate, no longer an issue in wells.

A two year old decision has come back to haunt Brockton.

Brockton has rescinded a 2010 motion that declares nitrates an issue within Walkerton's well head catchment area.

Brockton passed the motion at the request of Source Water Protection staff in hopes of securing government grant dollars to assist in their work.

Council now says the declaration should never have been made.

Brockton Mayor David Inglis admits it resulted in some serious source water protection draft policies for landowners from Walkerton to south of Mildmay.

Inglis says they now have the data and science to prove that nitrates are not an issue -- it just needs closer monitoring.

In 2010 the Walkerton monitoring wells recorded high levels of nitrates.

Since than, the levels have dropped and are all within standards from the Ministry of Environment.

80 per cent of Walkerton's well head catchment area falls within the municipality of South Bruce.

Brockton hopes by rescinding the Nitrate Declaration -- the Source Water Protection committee will relax some of its policies.

Officials are also concerned about the number of staff needed to monitor new policy requirements.

The Mayor will meet with the Source Water Protection committee on April 27th to discuss the matter further.


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