Project Steps and Timing

Filling up a glass of waterThe Quinte Region Source Protection Committee used science-based information, and knowledge provided by working groups and the community, to develop a source protection plan to protect our drinking water.

Milestones

Watershed Characterization Report (Completed)
This document reports on all aspects of our local watersheds including descriptions and maps of our local water resources, analysis of water quality and quantity conditions and trends and identification of potential issues.

Water Budget (Completed)
This document looks at the amount of water coming into our region and the amount going out. As with a financial budget, knowing what is coming in, in relation to how much is going out is vital for  in order to plan for the future. We need to know how much water is coming into our watersheds and from where; how the water is used; how it exits our watersheds and what's left over; all vital information required to develop a plan to protect it.

Study Vulnerable Areas (2006 - 2009, Completed)
Some areas may be at risk of contamination or overuse. This work involved identifying the extent of each of these areas, assessing their vulnerability and considering threats and issues to the water source that may exist now or in the future.

Risk Assessment (2007 - 2009, Completed)
Risks to water quality and quantity for each vulnerable area were assessed. Risks may be significant, moderate, low or negligible.

Develop Terms of Reference (2008, Completed)
The Source Protection Committee developed a Terms of Reference to guide the work to be done. The Terms of Reference includes a work plan and budget to outline the work of the committee, staff team, municipalities and consultants to produce the Source Protection Plan. This Terms of Reference was completed in 2008 as required by regulation under the Clean Water Act.

Compile an Assessment Report (2009 - 2011, Completed)
The Source Protection Committee consulted with municipalities and the community about the Assessment Report which incorporates all of the technical findings. The first Assessment Report was submitted by the Source Protection Authority (Quinte Conservation) to the province and approved in 2011. The Assessment Report was subsequently updated and approved in 2014.

Prepare a Source Protection Plan (2010 - 2012, Completed)
Following consultation with local municipalities, specialized working groups and policy implementers, a Draft Source Protection Plan was developed by the Source Protection Committee. There was public consultation on the Draft Plan in spring 2012. The Proposed Source Protection Plan was submitted by the Source Protection Authority (Quinte Conservation) to the province for review and approval in August, 2012.

Approval Process (2012- 2014, Completed)
The Proposed Quinte Region Source Protection Plan was reviewed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The Source Protection Plan was approved by the Minister in September 2014, with an effective date of January 1, 2015.

Implementation, Monitoring and Updating (2015 and beyond)
The approved Source Protection Plan will be implemented by municipalities, local agencies, stakeholder organizations, businesses and individuals. Quinte Conservation will monitor watershed conditions and provide annual progress reports to the provincial government. The Source Protection Plan will be updated periodically.