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Water protection assessement report approved by ministry

Quinte Conservation logoA technical report that assesses 11 municipal drinking water systems in the Quinte Region has been approved by the Ministry of the Environment.  Quinte Conservation and the Quinte Region Source Protection Committee were notified the Assessment Report, submitted for review in August of 2010, is now approved.

“This is a key step toward the development of a plan by August 2012 to protect the 11 sources of municipal drinking water in the Quinte Region,” says Project Manager, Keith Taylor at Quinte Conservation. “It means that the science upon which the Source Protection Committee will formulate policies to protect our water sources is sound and has met all the technical rules and requirements of the Ministry of the Environment.”

The Assessment Report details the state of groundwater wells in the Villages of Deloro, Madoc and Tweed, and Peats Point in Prince Edward County; and the surface water intakes at Deseronto, Napanee, Ameliasburgh, Wellington, Picton, City of Belleville and Point Anne.  Areas vulnerable to pollution surrounding each water source are identified in the study as well as activities that pose a risk to the quality and quantity of the drinking water sources.   The Approved Assessment Report, accompanying maps, and appendices may be viewed on the project website at www.quintesourcewater.ca.

“The Quinte Region Source Protection Committee’s Assessment Report represents five years of technical work and is a comprehensive look at water sources in our region,” adds Taylor.

The 21 member Source Protection Committee, formed under the Clean Water Act, includes representatives from municipalities, agriculture, business, First Nations and the public. They are supported in their work by technical, scientific and administrative assistance provided locally through Quinte Conservation. The initiative to protect sources of municipal drinking water is directed and funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.  Similar source water protection projects are being undertaken in other regions across the province.

Click here to view the approved assessment report, including key outcomes and maps.

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