The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority presented the benefits of designating new wetlands at last night’s Carleton Place council meeting.
Some of the benefits include biodiversity, prevention of droughts and recreational use.
The presentation comes after months of discussion about the impacts of a new MVCA regulation to designate and protect new wetlands. The MVCA says it would double the amount of protected wetlands if the regulation goes forward.
Carleton Place council is hesitant to accept the regulation and wants more information about how it will affect land owners. Council carried a motion last night to facilitate discussion between the MVCA and land owners to clarify the impact that a wetland designation could have on their property.
The MVCA board of directors said they will defer a decision until this fall in order to get more feedback from landowners and municipalities.