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What Is a Source Protection Plan

A source protection plan will represent an agreement among the local community within a source protection area about the ways to protect water quality and water supplies. The plan will be developed by a multi-stakeholder communittee.

The source protection committee will engage the public in a planning process, weigh the scientific data, assess the threats and identify the best methods of reducing the risks.  The Clean Water Act requires that the whole community have a chance to participate in the process.  The province will not accept a plan that has not had full consultation with municipalities, industries, health officials and the public.

Source protection planning will build on the work many municipalities are already doing to protect drinking water. Municipalities are responsible for the safe delivery of municipal drinking water and land use planning within their boundaries.  They will have a key role in implementing source protection plans in all areas under municipal jurisdiction.

The partnership of five Conservation Authorities within the Trent Conservation Coalition (TCC) will facilitate the planning process across multiple municipalities within the larger watershed including the formation of the source protection committee which will represent the broad interests across the watershed.

Neither local taxpayers nor industry will bear the burden of Drinking Water Source Protection planning costs. The province has committed to providing the resources to fund source protection planning costs, including groundwater studies, technical assessments and plan development.

It is important that people become involved in local source protection planning and to help find practical, workable solutions. Engaging the local community in source protection planning will build partnerships to protect common interests.

Anyone involved in an activity that poses a threat or may be affected by the source protection plan will be encouraged to become involved early on, and could be involved through representation on the source protection committees or working groups.

Broader public consultation across the watershed at three key stages — during the preparation of the terms of reference, the assessment report and the source protection plan — will provide an opportunity for everyone to provide their input.


Trent Conservation Coalition Partners

Crowe Valley Conservation Authority 1 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority 1 Kawartha Conservation
Lower Trent Conservation 1 Otonabee Conservation

ont This project made possible through the support of the Government of Ontario