Protect significant wetland in Pickering, Ontario from being paved over!

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The Province of Ontario has issued a Municipal Zoning Order (MZO) for the City of Pickering to pave over a provincially significant wetland in order to build a 240-acre tourism and entertainment destination over protected wetlands.  This wetland is part of Duffin's Creek, just south of the 401 near the Pickering-Ajax border.  In order for this project to be approved, however, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry need to reclassify this wetland as "insignificant".  We must protect our wetlands!  Here is why:

  1. Wetlands naturally filter water runoff from streets and agriculture, so they are important for good water quality in the region
  2. Wetlands capture carbon from the atmosphere which helps reduce our net carbon emissions
  3. Wetlands prevent regional flooding which could cause a great amount of damage
  4. Wetlands are also home to several native flora and fauna and help protect and restore at-risk species

The first three benefits alone save the region billions of dollars in wastewater treatment plants, carbon capture technology, and future clean up and infrastructure restoration from flooding damage.  The fourth benefit can never be replaced.

Please sign this petition to save our environment and our economy!

Learn more about wetlands from the TRCA:

https://trca.ca/conservation/restoration/wetlands/