The Town is Coming to look under your hood…
The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association has been busy looking into the potential ramifications of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and here is what we know so far. Under the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan there are amendments coming to the Building Code effective Jan 1, 2016. These amendments will expand from their current requirements and make septic inspections mandatory for all properties within 100 meters of any waterway in the Lake Simcoe Watershed. This means that if you live within 100 meters of Musselman’s Lake, your septic is going to be inspected!
This is great news for the health of the lake as failing septic systems are a leading cause of phosphorus loading in the watershed. But, we know that this can put some people in a very difficult situation when they have to pay for a new system.
The MLRA was in a meeting with Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority earlier this week and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, or pipe in this case.
Environment Canada is increasing the funding available to the LEAP program and that means there is more government funding to help residents pay for the upgrades. In some cases they are willing to subsidize up to $7000.00!
The most important thing is that if you get caught in the mandatory inspection and found to be in violation, you are NOT eligible for grant monies. The grant money is there as an incentive for people who are proactive in dealing with their systems.
From Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority:
If your septic system is faulty, malfunctioning, or older than 20 years, you may be eligible for funding to repair, upgrade, or replace it through the Landowner Environmental Assistance Program (LEAP). This program aims at improving water quality and wildlife habitat within the Lake Simcoe watershed. This is accomplished by providing landowners with confidential and free site visits, technical advice and funding assistance for environmental projects on their land. LEAP is administered by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and made possible by funding from municipal partners and the support of the York, Durham, and Simcoe chapters of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Find out more about the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s Landowner Environmental Assistance Program at www.lsrca.on.ca/leap or contact Jen Slykhuis, Stewardship Technician: firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-465-0437 x. 121.
The MLRA continue to look into the details of this, but time is of the essence. Contact Jen and LSRCA and see what you need to do to take advantage of the money available to you now, before the Town comes to your door.
The MLRA is working closely with our Councillor Maurice Smith and will bring you more information as we learn more details of the inspection program.