Hudson Town Council wary of water waste


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

At the May 6 Hudson Town Council meeting, Mayor Jamie Nicholls (centre) reminded residents that responsible uses of potable water resources were a priority.

Hudson Town Council approved a resolution temporarily restricting all outdoor use of potable water as was announced at the May 6 council meeting. The exceptions to the resolution are the manual watering of flowers and gardens, filling of swimming pools with a single hose between 9 p.m. and midnight, the filling of a new swimming pool according to the conditions of its permit, watering on a construction site, and washing a driveway, parking lot or patio in order to apply a protective coating.

The watering restriction became effective on Tuesday, May 7.

“We need to remember how precious water is for us,” said Mayor Jamie Nicholls in his opening remarks. He noted the new well is not yet online and added that during peak consumption periods during the summer months, citizens consume more water during the day than the town produces.

Proposed new conservation plan

Although the town has conservation plans from the past, one as recently as 2017 and another carried out in 2007 and 2008, the mayor said it was time to have a town-wide plan that would include the connectivity of the town’s entire environment. The 2007/2008 conservation plan was a wetland characterization study focusing on identifying important wetlands and the 2017 plan centered on the urban areas of Hudson although it also touched on the subject of connectivity.

The company making the proposal was Montreal’s Eco2Urb that specializes in innovative solutions for landscape management and long-term conservation planning, according to the mayor.

The plan would factor in risks associated with local drivers of environmental change such as the impacts of extreme weather events, species extinctions, and invasive pests.

“They have a proposal that involves workshops with the public so the public are involved in the process,” said Nicholls noting that unlike the companies that carried out previous studies, Eco2Urb focuses entirely on conservation planning. “They realize that civic engagement, the involvement of citizens, is important for conservation.”

Environmental Action Group

“This council believes citizen engagement is important,” said Nicholls as he invited Hudson residents to sign up for an environmental action group. “I’m proposing to have this group meet every second Friday of the month,” he said. Any Hudson resident wanting to participate should contact the town hall either by email or in person. The first meeting of the Hudson Environmental Action Group is scheduled for Friday, May 10 at Halcro Cottage, 539 Main Road at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. where the Eco2Urb proposal will be discussed.

Willowbrook development

During his preliminary remarks, Nicholls addressed two issues raised by citizens during an information meeting held April 30 concerning the proposed Willowbrook housing development project in the east end of Hudson.

The first issue was the wooded area of the project. The mayor said he had visited the area twice since the meeting and saw that most of the terrain is protected in the current plan except for part of the northeast sector.

“The other thing I noticed about that northeast sector is that it’s very wet,” said Nicholls. “Now, I’m not saying this is something that will kibosh the whole project but it is something that we need to discuss with the developer.” He noted there were other wet areas on the site that also should be brought to the developer’s attention.

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