Water is life. Life and living. For centuries, Picton Bay on Lake Ontario has provided these in abundance: drinking water, aquatic habitat for fish and other wildlife, transportation, recreation, and beauty in all seasons. As long as the ecosystem is in balance it can provide. But under pressure the balance shifts. Too much pressure and it can fail.
In 2014, the new owners of the old Marmora dock introduced their plan: Picton Terminals, a major deep-water port, “a gateway to the world’s economy.” Here lake and ocean-going ships would load/unload their cargoes: road salt, aggregates, fertilizers, biomass, wine barrels, new and scrap steel. In May 2016, Prince Edward County councilors voted to support the project.
As the plan went into action, residents began to notice side-effects: a cliffside blasted, salt and bauxite leaching into the Bay, petroleum coke dust infiltrating a home, a freshwater pond contaminated. We alerted neighbours, took samples for testing, sought legal advice, raised questions with local politicians, government agencies and the media. In spring 2016 we formed Save Picton Bay.
What’s happening and how you can get involved.
Save Picton Bay Documents
Official Save Picton Bay Documents
Our Mission Statement
Ensure good stewardship of Picton Bay, PEC and Community by advocating for a safe clean environment. We will strongly advocate for Picton Bay water quality through the elimination and prevention of negative environmental impacts. We support the protection of PEC tourism and a safe and responsible port to ship PEC agriculture products and aggregates.
We support a business that:
- Respects the environment
- Obeys the laws and by-laws
- Does not overtax infrastructure
- Is an asset to local agriculture and businesses
- Is compatible with the other uses of Picton Bay
- Respects the importance of tourism in the PEC economy