Source Protection Plan Approved

Newmarket – January 29, 2015 – Your drinking water is even safer now that the source protection plan for the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region has received approval from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

The plan was approved on January 26, 2015 and will take effect on July 1, 2015. The effective date comes some time after the approval date to allow municipalities and other implementing bodies the opportunity to undertake the necessary preparation for implementation.

“This is a momentous occasion for us,” says Lynn Dollin, Chair of the 22-person Source Protection Committee, responsible for developing the plan. “This drinking water source protection plan is an example of locally developed, inclusive, community-based decision making at its best. We are really pleased with the process that we took and with the final product.”

“Staff of the local watershed agencies (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and Severn Sound Environmental Association) have invested massive effort into this process and should be commended,” Dollin added. “They have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure public consultation was given high priority. And it shows – our plan received unanimous support at the Source Protection Authority (Board) level.”

Aurora Mayor Geoff Dawe, Chair of the Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching / Black River Source Protection Authority, commended the staff and Committee members, saying that he is “impressed with the effort, coordination and support he’s seen take place throughout the years-long process.”

Many Source Protection Committee members, most of whom have been involved in plan development since late 2007, are still willing to stay on the Source Protection Committee for another term of office. This shows their dedication to the process, their belief in the positive outcomes of what they are doing and their sincere interest in seeing the source protection planning process continue to move forward.

The source protection plan and its associated documents are available here:
Source Protection Plan & Explanatory Document
Assessment Reports
– Plan Approval Frequently Asked Questions
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s media release

Media contact: Susan Jagminas, Communications Specialist, 905-895-1281 ext 264
Picture of Minister Glen Murray with SPC members, Dave Ritchie, Minister Glen Murray, Chair Lynn Dollin, John Hemsted, Colin Elliot