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Natural Heritage

Brockton’s economic prosperity has long been tied to the land and natural resources. Extensive logging operations and productive agricultural lands, as well as river systems to move people and goods, allowed for people to begin establishing roots in the area. To this day, Brockton’s identity is largely linked to its natural heritage assets. The Saugeen River, perhaps Brockton’s most widely known and well recognized feature, is well complemented by its counterpart, the Teeswater River. Brockton is also home to the Greenock Swamp and many idyllic rural landscapes and vistas. 

  • The Greenock Swamp is Southern Ontario’s largest forested wetland at over 8,000 hectares.
  • Before actively promoting the Saugeen River as a fishing destination, work is being planned by the Saugeen Fishery Task Force to clean the riverbank and create a culture of resource stewardship contributing to the sustainability of the river.
  • Brockton has a Tree Policy to ensure that a healthy tree population is maintained across the municipality. There is also a tree committee that operates a shade tree program and has planted over 1,000 trees in the community that they continue to maintain.
  • The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority provides a stewardship resource to local residents. The organization planted 247,900 trees in its area of jurisdiction in 2010. The Rotary Club of Walkerton is also actively involved in tree planting and maintenance.
  • Each year, the Saugeen Field Naturalists undertake their annual Christmas Bird Count. In 2011, there were six bald eagle sightings – the highest total to date.

Land Use Planning

The way we plan determines the look, feel, shape, and size of the community that we call home. Planning dictates where we live, where we work, and where we play. It decides what land can be developed, and what will be protected. Planning established how our communities look – including the mix of low, medium, and high-density housing. It also sets targets for such things as affordable housing. In Brockton, planning matters are guided in large part by Provincial and Bruce County policies, with the Municipality making decisions within these guidelines.

  • The Municipality of Brockton adheres to Bruce County’s Official Plan, which was last reviewed in 2010. Brockton has an Official Plan for the urban area of Walkerton that was developed in 2009.
  • Both the Municipality of Brockton and Bruce County promote sustainability concepts throughout their respective Official Plans.
  • Bruce County is meeting its 30% affordable housing target for all new residential development and residential intensification.
  • The Municipality of Brockton has set a target for a future housing mix that consists of 70% low-density and 30% medium/high-density housing.
  • The Municipality of Brockton aims to ensure a broad range of open space opportunities for its residents.

Natural Resources

The products, energy, and water we consume all carry with them environmental (as well as cultural, economic, and social) consequences – some positive and some negative. Our everyday choices have impacts that build up and are far reaching, and we must choose how we manage our natural resources wisely. Fortunately, there is increasing awareness about improving the ways in which we manage our waste, protect and conserve our water, and produce and consume energy.

  • Brockton is part of the Saugeen Valley Source Protection Area, which has recently produced an in-depth report assessing potential threats to local drinking water.
  • Brockton’s residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional waste diversion rate (as calculated for 2011) is approximately 26%.
  • Brockton has a variety of policies in place designed to reduce and divert waste, including a clear bag program; biweekly seasonal waste collection; and electronic waste, hazardous waste, scrap metal, and styrofoam collection depots.
  • Brockton’s commitment to providing excellent drinking water is reflected in the fact that it received no issues of non-compliance in all three of its drinking water systems in 2010 and 2011.
  • The Brockton Parks & Recreation Department is reducing water consumption by 40% by switching from water to a glycol cooling system for its compressors in the arena.
  • The Municipality has set a wide range of policies to achieve energy conservation throughout the community, such as encouraging the energy efficient design of buildings.
  • Brockton is home to a large number of solar panels, as well as a biogas facility, that are generating renewable energy.