Cataraqui Conservation seeks public input on drinking water plan of action

Photo via Cataraqui Conservation website.

Cataraqui Conservation, through the Cataraqui Source Protection Area, is in the process of completing a Section 36 Amendment to the Cataraqui Source Protection Plan, Assessment Report, and Explanatory Document, under the Clean Water Act, 2006.

According to a release from Cataraqui Conservation, the Cataraqui Source Protection Plan is a locally developed plan of action (policy document) aimed at keeping drinking water sources clean and plentiful, and has been in effect since April 1, 2015.

“Through the Cataraqui Source Protection Plan Amendment, policies have been amended to improve policy effectiveness and to account for changes to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Technical Rules. These rules determine scientific methods, the circumstances, and locations at which a drinking water threat can be deemed significant, and thus which activities may be prohibited, restricted or require a Risk Management Plan,” the local conservation authority stated.

“The proposed changes apply to, but are not limited to, road salt, fuel, agriculture, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical storage, and snow storage.”

Area residences and businesses which are located near a municipal well or intake may be affected by the changes, according to the release. The public is invited to review and provide comments on the proposed amendments starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. Cataraqui Conservation noted that the comment window is open until Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024.  

For more information and to review the proposed changes virtually visit https://cataraquiconservation.ca/pages/get-involved. A hard copy is also available for viewing at Cataraqui Conservation by appointment (2069 Battersea Road, Glenburnie, Ontario).

The public is also invited to submit comments in writing, on the public consultation webpage or through email to [email protected] (Subject Line: “SWP Public Consultation”).

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