In a statement by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Chair Sandy Annunziata the NPCA chair points out why Provincial Significant Wetlands are Safe.
Feb 13, 2017 (WELLAND, ON) - Sandy Annunziata, Chair of the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) Board of Directors today
announced the official position of the organization regarding the
development of Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSW).
in Ontario are evaluated and ranked by the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to determine whether a 'provincially
significant' designation is required. Under the Provincial Policy
Statement (PPS), interference and site alteration of a PSW is not
"Let me be clear, there are no less than 18
provincial instruments that facilitate wetland conservation in Ontario,"
stated Annunziata. "The language is very clear and will be respected.
The Provincial Policy Statement is unequivocal in its interpretation,
'development and site alteration shall not be permitted in significant
On behalf of our mandate to further conservation,
restoration, development, and management of the watershed, we will not
compromise our efforts to comply with current policies and legislation.
We will continue to listen to our partners, manage their expectations,
and do so exclusively within the language of the various provincial
policies we adhere to."
The NPCA reviews and provides comment on
planning applications based on the Region of Niagara's Official Plan
and NPCA regulations as it relates to natural features. The intent is to
not only provide regulation of natural features but to protect people
and their property from the effects of flooding and erosion while
maintaining and improving water quality.
"The MNRF have been
very clear on this issue," added Annunziata. "All checks and balances
will be applied in every development application the NPCA receives. The
legislation does not allow for exemptions concerning PSWs".
Authorities, created in 1946 by an Act of the Provincial Legislature,
are mandated to further the conservation, restoration, development and
management of natural resources through programs that balance human,
environmental and economic needs. The NPCA was established on April 30,
1959, under the Conservation Authorities Act, and serves approximately
half a million people in the Niagara Peninsula Watershed, encompassing
the entire Niagara Region and portions of the City of Hamilton and
Haldimand County. The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban
growth, and rural activities on the watershed