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Rama First Nation Drinking Water System Included in Source Water Program

Rama First Nation Drinking Water System Included in Source Water Protection Program

February 21, 2014 - The South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Committee and Chippewas of Rama First Nation Chief and Council are pleased to announce the inclusion of Rama’s drinking water system in the Source Water Protection planning process. Notification was received from the Minister of the Environment, Jim Bradley, that an amendment had been made to Ontario Regulation 287/07 under the Clean Water Act, 2006 to formally include Rama First Nation’s drinking water system.

Rama First Nation has been an active member of the Source Water Protection Committee since 2008, providing input on the development of proposed plan policies. Chief and Council subsequently passed a Band Council Resolution to the Minister of the Environment requesting approval to be formally included in the Source Water Protection planning process.

Rama First Nation is now one of only three First Nations in Ontario to be included through a regulatory amendment. Lynn Dollin, Source Protection Committee Chair, noted that "The Source Protection Committee has been very supportive of Rama’s inclusion in the plan and their proposed policies. We commend the efforts Rama is taking to ensure their drinking water system receives the highest level of protection."

Rama Chief Sharon Stinson Henry was pleased to learn of the amendment, stating "This is a significant milestone for our Source Water Protection program and for our First Nation Community. We look forward to a continued positive relationship with the Source Water Protection Committee as we move forward on community consultations and formally approving the by-law."

Media contact: Susan Jagminas, Communications Specialist, 905-895-1281 ext 264