How do we intend to meet the increased water needs? By adding more McMansions and a golf course? Whatever. In trying to reach a greater understanding on the impact that subdivisions and golf courses have on both the Moraine and the water aquifers I found a Toronto Star article back in July of 2008 titled "Report urges province to tighten tap on moraine" : http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/469579 Here is a snippet from the article:
In it it mentions a 32-page report, titled Ontario's Water Hazard, one can read here : http://earthroots.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=8&Itemid= The entire report is worth reading, I didn't feel it necessary to repost it in its entirety here, but the follwing conclusion helps identify where we are:
Lebovic Enterprises's year-old permit to draw water for the planned Westhill course was revoked because the ministry suddenly realized an environmental assessment had not been done."The fact that no one appeared to notice this most basic requirement had not yet been met raises serious questions about common practice at the Ministry," the report states.
So, anyone telling you that there is enough water to go around, or that there is little environmental impact, or even better yet that this application has been ""grandfathered in" and therefore should not subject to review by government bodies like the OMB is refusing to look at the impact a development like this will have. The arguments in support of such development are all dried up.
Our preliminary assessment of available technical information indicates incomplete understanding of the sustainable yield of the groundwater resource to support all the current demands within the Aurora-Newmarket area.The Historic decline in water levels in the Yonge Street Aquifer and interference complaints in the community of Vandorf indicates a potential over-draft that may be due to cumulative effects of integrated groundwater takings.