Watershed Region receives $629,152.00

South Georgian Bay-Lake Simcoe Watershed Region receives $629,152.00 from McGuinty Government for source water protection technical studies

Further Funding To Help Communities Move Ahead With Source Protection Plans

Newmarket – We are pleased to report that the South Georgian Bay-Lake Simcoe Watershed Region will receive an additional $629,152.00 in funding from the Province to complete studies on local drinking water systems (for statistics, see finalmb2_municipal grants, page 2).

Attached please find a media release and supplementary materials released by Ministry of the Environment on February 15th providing details on funding to support source water protection technical studies. The studies will augment previous work conducted, as well as ensure a sound scientific foundation for the program.

We are also pleased to announce that in addition to the regional funding, the Township of Adjala- Tosorontio will receive $96,964.00, the Township of Mulmur $127,540.00, the Town of Shelburne $103,820.00, and the Township of Springwater $10,000.00, all in partnership with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, a member of the South Georgian Bay-Lake Simcoe Watershed Region.

The Severn Sound Environmental Association, also a member of the South Georgian Bay-Lake Simcoe region, will receive $198,125.00 in partnership with the Townships of Midland, Penetanguishene and Tiny.

Several additional municipalities within the region were also successful in their proposals. The Region of Durham will receive $565,000.00, the Township of Essa $68,000.00, the Towns of Orangeville and Mono $143,409.00, and the Town of Wasaga Beach $46,404.00.

The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe and Toronto and Region Conservation Authorities, will receive $147,213.00.

Grants will be distributed shortly, and studies will commence in early spring 2007. For additional information on source water protection in the South Georgian Bay-Lake Simcoe Watershed Region please visit www.ourwatershed.ca.

Contact Information:
Tari Stork
Communications Specialist
Source Water Protection Planning
(905) 895-1281, ext. 320

Don Goodyear
Project Manager
Source Water Protection Planning
(905) 895-1281, ext. 246

Technical Studies Grant Proposals

The Province, through the Ministry of the Environment, has issued two Requests for Grant Proposals to municipalities and Conservation Authorities over a fifteen month period, specific to technical investigations necessary to support the completion of source water protection plans. The eligible technical studies are relevant to both groundwater and surface water supplies.

Five of seven proposals submitted on behalf of the South Georgian Bay – Lake Simcoe Watershed Region were funded in the 2006 grant process, which commenced in March. Three of the initial projects were relevant to the assessment of the municipal surface water intakes from Georgian Bay, Severn Sound, Little Lake, Lake Simcoe, and Lake Couchiching. These surface water studies resulted in the expansion and refinement of two existing lake models, which will be used to identify the area contributing water to the municipal intake (Intake Protection Zone or IPZ). These studies are nearing completion, with IPZ delineation expected by summer 2007.

The remaining two projects from the initial process were relevant to groundwater supplies. These projects involved the completion of a Wellhead Protection Area (or WHPA) for a new well in Springwater Township and refinement of a WHPA to include an assessment of the vulnerability of the Bradford municipal groundwater supply. The Springwater project has been delayed as a result of a shift in the supply strategy by the municipality. Work in the Bradford project is on-going, with completion anticipated this spring.

Several municipalities were successful in grant proposal submissions in the region, and are currently leading studies such as water quality investigations, WHPA delineation, and WHPA refinement to assess vertical travel times.

In December of 2006, a single submission was made by the South Georgian Bay – Lake Simcoe Watershed Region specific to threats and risk assessment within select IPZs and WHPAs across the region. This proposal was approved by the MOE in mid-February. The project will involve an assessment of potential threats to the quality of municipal water supplies, and the relative risk those threats pose. As with the initial process, several municipalities responded directly to the December 2006 call for proposals, and received approval to coordinate threats and risk assessment studies with a similar scope to the watershed region project described above.