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This bulletin advises the public that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has approved the following in accordance with section 36 of the Clean Water Act, 2006:
- updated assessment report for the Halton Region Source Protection Area
- updated assessment report for the Hamilton Region Source Protection Area
- updated source protection plan for the Halton-Hamilton 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 Halton Region and Hamilton Region Source Protection Authorities consulted with municipal and other stakeholders on these updates. Please see the ‘Other public 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 drinking water sources continue to be protected in the Halton Region and Hamilton Region Source Protection Areas, the Director has approved updates to assessment reports and the Minister has approved updates to the source protection plan.
The Halton Region Source Protection Authority, the lead source protection authority for Halton-Hamilton 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 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 reports and source protection plan
The updates to the assessment reports include changes to protection zone mapping or vulnerability scores around ten municipal drinking water systems.
All water quality protection zones can be viewed on the Source Protection Information Atlas.
The updates to the source protection plan include:
- policies addressing City of Hamilton and Region of Halton education and outreach programs were updated and new policies were added to include messaging for newly identified threats
- new policies were added to require the owners of liquid hydrocarbon pipelines, municipal sewage treatment plants and handling and storage of fuel activities to update the emergency preparedness and contingency plans with the locations of municipal intakes
- a policy addressing preparation of salt management plans was updated to require consultation with relevant organizations
The source protection authority completed the updates in accordance with the Minister’s Order and requirements set out in the Clean Water Act, 2006 and Ontario Regulation 287/07 (General).
The updates take effect upon publishing this notice of the approval.
Other public consultation opportunities:
Conservation Halton and Hamilton Conservation Authority held consultations while the amendments were being developed. They invited comments from:
- the public
- implementing bodies affected by changes to the protection zones and policies, including the provincial government and local municipalities
- the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
The source protection authority also held consultation on the proposed amendments from December 15, 2021 to February 4, 2022
The Clean Water Act, 2006 and General Regulation 287/07 require the source protection committee to send a notice to the chief of the band if any part of a First Nation reserve is located in the area affected by the proposed plan amendments. For this submission, there are no First Nations with reserves impacted by this amendment.
The source protection authority addressed comments and questions received during the public consultation process by:
- directly responding to each stakeholder
- making appropriate edits to clarify the source protection plan
More information about the consultation process and how feedback was addressed can be found in the source protection plan’s explanatory document on the source protection authority’s website.
The ministry also considered the comments received as part of the review process, including consulting with other ministries.
The approved updates to the Halton Region and Hamilton Region Assessment Reports and Source Protection Plan are available via the link provided in this notice and on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region website.
The ministry has concluded that the requirements under the Clean Water Act and its regulations have been met and that comments the source protection authority received during consultation on the assessment report and source protection plan updates have been adequately considered and addressed.
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