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This notice advises that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has approved these in accordance with section 36 of the Clean Water Act, 2006:
- updated assessment report for the Saugeen Valley Source Protection Area
- updated assessment report for the Grey Sauble Source Protection Area
- updated assessment report for the Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Area
- the source protection plan for the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region
Public notice of approvals of assessment reports and source protection plans are governed by the Clean Water Act, 2006 and not the Environmental Bill of Rights. This notice is required under sections 18 and 30 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 and is for information only. Section 18 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 requires that the Director publish a notice of the approval of the assessment report including a brief explanation of the effect, if any, of the comments and other material submitted on the decision. Section 30 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 requires that the Minister publish a notice of the approval which includes a brief explanation of the effect, if any, of comments or resolutions submitted to the source protection authority and any other information that the Minister considers appropriate.
The Saugeen Valley Source Protection Authority, as the lead authority for the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region, consulted with the public and other stakeholders, as well as Indigenous communities, on these amendments. Please see the “Other consultation opportunities” section of this notice below for details.
The Ontario government is committed to protecting our lakes, waterways and groundwater supply, now and for future generations. To ensure that the quality of Ontario’s municipal drinking water sources continue to be protected in the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region, the Director has approved updates to assessment reports and the Minister has approved updates to the source protection plan.
The Saugeen Valley Source Protection Authority, the lead source protection authority for the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region, prepared these updates ensuring the continued protection of sources of drinking water in this region.
These changes enhance protections for sources of drinking water by ensuring that water quality and quantity policies and protections are based on current science and modeling.
Working with our partners, our strong protection framework will continue to help ensure Ontario’s drinking water is held to high safety standards and that sources of drinking water in the province are protected for future generations.
Updates to the assessment report and source protection plan
The updates to the assessment reports include:
- revised water quality protection areas around the wells of the Blair’s Grove, Durham, and Dundalk drinking water systems
- a new event-based area around the East Linton system, where modeling has shown that a spill from fuel storage could have an impact on the source of drinking water
All water quality protection zones can be viewed on the Source Protection Information Atlas.
The source protection plan policies for threats related to road salt, fuel storage and policies to implement section 59 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 that establish a municipal screening process have been updated.
The source protection authority completed the updates in accordance with the requirements set out in the Clean Water Act, 2006 and Ontario Regulation 287/07 (General).
These updates take effect upon this posting of the approval.
Other consultation opportunities:
The Saugeen Valley Source Protection Authority held consultations while the amendments were being developed. They invited comments from:
- the public
- implementing bodies affected by changes to the protection zones, including the provincial government and local municipalities
- the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Indigenous communities
The source protection authority also held public consultation on the proposed amendments from October 13 to November 19, 2021.
The Clean Water Act, 2006 General Regulation 287/07 requires the source protection committee to send a notice to the chief of the band of any part of a First Nation reserve located in the area affected by the proposed plan updates. There are two First Nations with reserves in the region:
- the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation have a reserve at Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker)
- the Saugeen First Nation has reserves on the Lake Huron shoreline near Southampton and Sauble Beach.
The source protection committee maintains regular communications with, and engagement opportunities for, these First Nations and local Metis communities.
The source protection authority considered comments received, including from the County of Wellington, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and the public; and made appropriate revisions.
The approved updates to the assessment reports and Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Plan are available via the link provided in the Supporting materials section of this notice and on the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region website.
The Minister has concluded that the requirements under the Clean Water Act, 2006 have been met.
Please see related environmental registry notice 013-4306.
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