Source Protection Plan Now Available for Public Comment
The South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe source protection committee is seeking public input into its recently released draft proposed source protection plan and explanatory document. Members of the public will find the documents on the website at www.ourwatershed.ca. They are also available for viewing in hard copy at the following locations during regular business hours:
- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, 120 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket
- Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, 8195 Concession Line 8, Utopia
- Severn Sound Environmental Association, 67 Fourth Street, Midland
The policies were drafted with the input of a variety of different stakeholder groups such as municipalities, the business community, agriculture, environment, public health and First Nations.
“Members of the source protection committee and its “policy and planning work group” have been working for the past two years on researching and developing these draft policies. We’re now at the point where we want to hear from the public,” says source protection committee chair Lynn Dollin.
“Reference to drinking water threats does not suggest there is an immediate risk to drinking water on a landowner’s property”, says Mike Walters, Project Manager. “Use of the word threat indicates one of 21 land use activities, such as a septic system or home heating oil, that has the potential, in certain circumstances, to pose a risk to municipal drinking water sources, if not properly managed.”
The local committee is sending formal notice of the draft policies to municipal administrators, First Nations, and owners of properties where potential significant drinking water threats may exist. There is also the opportunity to meet with staff and committee members to discuss the policies and provide their input through one of four public Open Houses.
Monday, April 16, 2012 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Brooklea Golf & Country Club, 8567 Highway 93, Midland
Thursday, April 19, 5:30pm to 8:30 pm, Holiday Inn Express, 100 Pony Drive, Newmarket
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 11am to 2pm, Liberty North, 100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia
The committee has addressed risks to drinking water supplies using a variety of tools such as education and outreach, financial incentives, land use planning changes, risk management plans, provincial prescribed instruments, and in some cases, prohibition of future land use activities. Landowners can take positive action now to review the policies and provide their feedback to the committee before the deadline of May 25, 2012.
Comments must be submitted in writing, either in person, by mail, fax or e-mail:
Source Protection Committee
c/o Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
120 Bayview Parkway, Box 282
Newmarket, ON L3Y 4X1