A Wallaceburg councillor entered a successful motion on Monday in the hopes of curbing the dumping of organic waste, such as grass clippings, into area waterways.
Coun. Carmen McGregor had asked for a staff report on the issue, as well as the recommendation of a possible bylaw.
According to her motion, the waste flows with the stream, often clinging to the breakwalls and docks.
“The grass and clippings then begin to deteriorate which becomes unsightly and smelly causing what appears to be contamination and algae,” the motion stated. “The clippings cause not only an unsightly mess but (it) also becomes slippery, which makes it dangerous for swimmers and boaters wishing to use the breakwalls or docks.”
McGregor’s motion asked that a report be brought back to council by the Aug. 13 meeting, and that it also include the best method of managing and preventing the dumping of waste, along with education strategies.