Approval of the Assessment Report for the Essex Region Source Protection Area
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
The Essex Region Source Protection Area Assessment Report has now been approved, by the Province of Ontario's Ministry of the Environment.
The approvals were posted on Ontario's Environmental Registry on January 25, 2012.
The Essex Region Source Protection Committee (SPC) updated and amended the technical Assessment Report for the Essex Region Source Protection Area in 2011. This report was prepared following several public comment periods and consultation with municipalities, landowners where significant drinking water threats may exist, and the public. The Assessment Report includes mapping of vulnerable areas such as 'Intake Protection Zones' around the intakes for each municipal water treatment plant, and identifies 'threats' to drinking water sources.
The report is valuable as the local Committee prepares source protection planning policies. The commencement of the preparation on planning policies was announced in July of 2011. A Plan for the Essex Region Source Protection Area will be in place by 2012. Draft policies will be released for public consultation in the spring of 2012.
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