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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov 2 2007

ERAMOSA KARST LANDS AT RISK

“Friends of the Eramosa Karst” formed to preserve feeder lands from

encroaching development

 

 

The Eramosa Karst lands (located in the former City of Stoney Creek, bounded by Rymal Road, Upper Mount Albion, Highland Road and Second Road West) were designated by The Ministry of Natural Resources as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest in 2003.  In October 2006 the Government of Ontario donated 180 acres (approx 73 ha) of these lands to the Hamilton Conservation Authority to be preserved as a conservation area.  The transferred lands included Karst features and a small buffer area surrounding them.

 

Recently a number of hydro geologists have stated their opinions that development of the lands to the east of the existing buffer area would pose a potentially serious risk to the karst ecosystem.  The best option for its continued existence is to halt any future development of the area.

 

The lands are presently owned by the Ontario Realty Corporation.  As such, the Provincial government is in the perfect position to ensure the protection of these lands by transferring the remainder of the Karst feeder areas to the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

 

In an effort to preserve the area surrounding the Karst lands from future development, a citizens’ group has been formed.  At a recent public meeting held by the group, a Board of Directors was appointed and the name “Friends of the Eramosa Karst” was adopted. The goal of the group is to undertake the task of convincing the Provincial government, the City of Hamilton and potential developers of the necessity to protect the lands from further development encroachment.

 

Friends of the Eramosa Karst is a strong, non-profit, community voice advocating the transfer of the remaining karst feeder lands to the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

 

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