January 22, 2020 For Immediate Release
Owen Sound – The Section 36 Workplan for Comprehensive Review and Update of the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Plan has been approved by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The Workplan is required to include detailed steps for the comprehensive review and update of the Assessment Report and Source Protection Plan, and be developed in consultation with the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Committee (SPC), municipalities, and the Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks.
Local workplan activities will focus on: possible amendments to address increased salt storage and application threats; potential new municipal drinking water systems; fuel storage threats around the East Linton drinking water intake; policy effectiveness in respect to some higher risks areas; and associated edits due to provincial technical rule updates.
A total of 25 municipal meetings were held between May 2018 and August 2019 to seek municipal input on possible Source Protection Plan amendments that would be part of the s.36 Workplan review. These meetings included municipal planning staff and public/water works departments.
Source Protection Authority (SPA) meetings were held with Northern Bruce Peninsula SPA on September 23, 2019, Grey Sauble SPA on September 25, 2019 and Saugeen Valley SPA on November 7, 2019 to review and endorse the proposed s.36 Workplan. The Source Protection Committee reviewed and endorsed the s.36 Workplan for Comprehensive Review and Update of the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Plan on October 25, 2019.
Going forward, any activities that impact a municipal drinking water supply and its users will follow a full public consultation process, as conducted for previous Source Protection Plan amendments.
The Source Protection Committee has pursued the goal of clean safe drinking water for residents and visitors to this Region and will continue these efforts as we continue with the Source Protection Plan implementation.
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