Notice of Decision

Overview
This Notice of Decision, below, was posted as per the requirements of Ontario Regulation 288/07 to advise regarding the formation of a Source Protection Committee for the Quinte Source Protection Region. The Source Protection Committee was formed in 2007.

Summary of Functions of the Source Protection Committee
As outlined in the Clean Water Act, 2006, the Quinte Region Source Protection Committee will be created according to Ontario Regulation 288/07.   The Source Protection Committee will oversee a science-based planning process to develop a Terms of Reference, an Assessment Report and a Source Protection Plan to protect municipal sources of drinking water in the Quinte Source Protection Region.

The Committee, by regulation, will consist of 15 members, plus the Chairman, Max Christie and two representatives from First Nations.  Non-voting liaison members including a representative of the Source Protection Authority, the Ministry of the Environment and Health Unit may also serve on the committee.

The Committee will be comprised of seats representing a variety of sectors to encompass the broad, multi-sectoral interests of the planning area.

At a meeting on September 11, 2007 the Quinte region Source Protection Authority approved the folowing committee structure subject to receiving qulaified applicants:

Finalized Committee Composition:

Municipal Sector  Economic Sector Other Interests Sector
 Municipal (5)  Agriculture (2)  Environmental (1)
 Large industry/business (1)  Public - urban (1)
 Small industry/business(1)  Public rural non-farm (1)
 Tourism/Recreation (1)  General Public (2)

 

Reasons for the Desicion

The regulation states that the “Municipal Sector” will have 1/3 of the seats on the Source Protection Committee.  Local municipalities will jointly appoint five representatives according to the groupings of municipalities as decided by the Quinte Region Source Protection Authority.

Economic Sector

Agriculture will have two seats on the committee. Agriculture has been identified as a major land use (28%) in the Quinte Region. The Quinte Region Conceptual Water Budget identifies agriculture as accounting for 11% of groundwater use as well as some surface water use.  The agricultural community has also expressed a great deal of interest in source water protection planning and has a significant experience in implementing good land stewardship practices.

There will be two seats for industry and business; one for large industry/business and one for small industry/business. According to the Quinte Region Conceptual Water Budget, permitted use of water for industry, including pits and quarries, is the most significant water use in our region. Many local industries and businesses depend on a good supply of water for their success. There is potential for spills and contamination of drinking water supplies from different types of industrial and commercial operations. Transportation of goods by road, rail and water also creates a potential for spills and contamination.

The fifth seat in the Economic Sector be reserved for a representative from tourism and recreation. Forest and wetlands (54%), public lands (10%) and water (3%) together make up 67% of the land cover in our region making it an ideal and very popular area for recreation and tourism.  There are a wide variety and size of tourism and recreation operations in our region that are important to our local economy. Many rely on and use water for their businesses, such as marinas, fishing guides, outfitters, boat rentals, and tour boat operators. Other operations such as golf courses, campgrounds and trailer parks are actual consumers of water.

Other Interests Sector

Local environmental associations will have one seat on the committee. In the Quinte Region, environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) include creek associations, lake associations, the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust, field naturalist groups, ‘friends of’ groups and others.  Many of these groups are very active in our local community and have members with considerable expertise and knowledge.

There will be one public urban representative and one member representing the interests of the rural non-farm public on the committee.  Approximately 50 per cent of the Quinte Region population resides in the urban areas and 50 percent in rural areas.  A substantial portion of the local population is rural non-farm.

There will be two seats will be reserved for members of the general public with special expertise to offer the committee.  A person appointed to this seat on the committee may be a university of college professor, an individual with some professional qualification such as an engineer, nurse or doctor or someone with significant experience or knowledge that will be an asset to the committee.

More information is available by contacting:

Quinte Region Source Protection Authority
C/O Keith Taylor, Project Manager, Source Water Protection
Quinte Conservation
2061 Old Highway 2 R.R. #2, Belleville, ON  K8N 4Z2

Phone: 613-968-3434 or 613-354-3312
email:  ktaylor@quinteconservation.ca