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Essex Region Draft Source Protection Plan Released for Public Comment

Thursday, May. 31, 2012

Essex - The Essex Region Source Protection Committee has released its draft Source Protection Plan for public comment. The Plan contains policies to address activities considered to be a significant threat to sources of drinking water, or could become a significant threat in the future. These policies protect drinking water for the eight municipal drinking water systems in the Essex Region Source Protection Area.

"This is an exciting milestone for the Committee," said Tom Fuerth, Essex Region Source Protection Committee Chair. "We have been working with our Municipal Working Group, landowners, and partners towards this plan since 2008, when the committee was first formed."

The Source Protection Plan builds on the findings of the Assessment Report technical studies, by establishing polices to address significant threats to drinking water quality, identifying who is responsible to take action, and setting timelines for policy implementation and monitoring. Where possible, the Source Protection Plan makes use of existing regulations and recognizes or reinforces existing management practices relevant to drinking water source protection.

"Source protection plans will be implemented by organizations including municipalities, ERCA, and provincial government agencies," added Fuerth. "It's important that everyone is aware of the plan and what they can do to keep our drinking water clean."

In the Essex Region, all of our municipal drinking water intakes use surface water from the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie to supply drinking water to the residents of our region.

The initiative to protect sources of municipal drinking water is required by, and funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The Essex Region Source Protection Committee, established under Ontario's Clean Water Act, is a local, multi-stakeholder committee representing municipal, business and agriculture, and other sectors. The Committee's development of the Source Protection Plan and related studies is supported by ERCA in their capacity as the Source Protection Authority. Further information can be found at http://www.essexregionsourcewater.org/

The Committee is hosting a public meeting to provide an opportunity for the public and interested stakeholders to learn more about the plan and provide comments. The meeting will be held on Thursday May 31 at the Essex Civic Centre in Committee Room C from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, with a presentation at 7:30 pm.

The community will also have an opportunity to view information regarding the plan at a booth at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo at Devonshire Mall from May 25 ? 27.

The draft plan can be reviewed online at http://www.essexregionsourcewater.org/ or in hard copy at the Essex Region Conservation Authority office. Written comments must be received by June 11 by letter, fax, or email to Essex Region Source Protection Committee c/o Essex Region Conservation Authority 360 Fairview Avenue West, Suite 311, Essex, ON N8M 1Y6, email info@essexregionsourcewater.org , or fax 519-776-8688.