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Protect the Nottawasaga River in the Navigation Protection Act

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AWARE Simcoe, a citizens' group in Simcoe County, Ontario, has started a petition to Protect the Nottawasaga River in the Navigation Protection Act.

Here's why it's important:

Until December, 2012, each and every Canadian had the right to travel on 40,000 lakes and 2.5 million rivers across the land. But last year we lost these ancient rights, born of a long history of travelling the waterways.

The Conservative government’s omnibus budget bill abolished the Navigable Waters Protection Act and replaced it with the Navigation Protection Act, which applies only to the 97 lakes and 63 rivers listed under the legislation.

The Nottawasaga River, a key Southern Ontario waterway running through Dufferin, Grey and Simcoe counties into Lake Huron, is not on that list. It has a proud history, first as an important trade route for the Ouendat and Algonquin nations, then as a corridor for the fur trade and the lumber industry that shaped Canada. The Nottawasaga River was the setting for many of the most critical events of the War of 1812.

Today, the Nottawasaga River is an important destination for anglers. It is known as habitat for migratory salmon and trout, as well as smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish. The Nottawasaga is one of a handful of significant producers in the Lake Huron basin of Lake Sturgeon, the largest and most ancient fish in Ontario, and now a threatened species.

Local outdoor adventure tours and outfitters, sporting good stores and the hospitality industry depend on the navigability of the river and the health of the fishery to build their client base. Wasaga Beach, located at the mouth of the river, is the longest freshwater beach in the world (14 kilometres) and is visited by 2 million people every summer. The Nottawasaga River flows through the Minesing Wetlands, one of Canada’s largest undisturbed wetland tracts. This area of diverse habitats and rare and unique species of wildlife attracts naturalists and biologists as well as outdoor enthusiasts. More information at

Please sign this petition to let Prime Minister Stephen Harper know that the Nottawasaga River belongs on the list of navigable Canadian rivers to be protected under his new legislation.

Thank you for your support.

AWARE Simcoe  


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