Committee Overview

As outlined in the Clean Water Act, 2006, under Ontario Regulation 288/07, the Essex Region Source Protection Committee has been created to develop a Source Protection Plan to protect municipal sources of drinking water in the Essex Region Source Protection Area. The SPC will oversee the preparation of a technical Assessment Report, Source Protection Plan and related public and stakeholder consultations. As regulated, in the Essex Region, the committee consists of fifteen (15) members plus a Chair and is comprised of representatives from sectors that encompass the broad, multi-sectoral interests of our region. One third (five) of the members have been appointed to reflect the interest of municipalities that are located in the region. The other two sectors, Economic and Other Interests, are also each assigned five (5) seats.

Summary of Member Obligations

  • Five year commitment;
  • Monthly meetings, as well as possibly additional public meetings or working group sessions during day or evening hours
  • Representatives must reside, own property, rent property, be employed or operate a business in the Essex Region Source Protection Area
  • Act as liaisons by bringing forward common concerns from their knowledge and experience in their sector to the committee and assist in communicating the committee's work
  • Make decisions at the committee table
  • Respect confidential information and abide by the process in place to safeguard confidential information

Member Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to understand source protection science, concepts and technical reports
  • Proven ability to act as liaison for the sector(s) being represented
  • Problem solving, analytical, communication and organizational skills
  • An openness to working together and with representatives from other sectors
  • Knowledge of local watershed, community and issues
  • Demonstrated ability to work with group dynamics and team environments; conciliatory decision-making skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the Essex Region
  • Has, or is capable of having direct contact with residents and landowners