BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: As Scugog Township continues to move towards construction of an expanded Water Pollution Control Plant, the Region of Durham maintains that the surrounding ecosystem will remain protected.
In an e-mail to The Standard, a spokesperson with the Region stated that the new facility will not affect the current lagoons, which serve as a vital habitat for many species of plants and wildlife.
"We heard some feedback from residents who are concerned that the lagoons are being replaced, as they provide an ecosystem for wildlife," said Melissa Bies Communications Co-ordinator for the Region's Works Department. "The lagoons themselves are not being replaced, they will stay as they are and be used for overflows once the plant is built."
The current lagoon-based plant was constructed in 1971, and recently Scugog Councillors approved a site plan for a expanded Water Pollution Control Plant on Scugog Line 8 - which will increase sewage capacity by nearly 50 per cent.