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Public Consultation Begins on Proposed Source Protection Plan

Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Public Consultation Begins on Proposed Source Protection Plan

Essex - The Essex Region Source Protection Authority has released the Proposed Source Protection Plan for public consultation, which was amended after the first round of consultation.

"We received some great feedback from our municipal and provincial partners," said Tom Fuerth, Chair, Source Protection Committee. "The comments we receive now will be submitted, along with the Plan, to the Minister of Environment," said Fuerth.

The Source Protection Plan builds on the findings of the Assessment Report technical studies, by establishing polices to address significant threats to drinking water quality, identifying who is responsible to take action, and setting timelines for policy implementation and monitoring. Where possible, the Source Protection Plan makes use of existing regulations and recognizes or reinforces existing management practices relevant to drinking water source protection.

In the Essex Region, all of our municipal drinking water intakes use surface water from the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie to supply drinking water to the residents of our region.

The proposed plan can be reviewed online at or in hard copy at the Essex Region Conservation Authority office. Written comments must be received by July 30 by letter, fax, or email to Essex Region Source Protection Authority c/o Essex Region Conservation Authority 360 Fairview Avenue West, Suite 311, Essex, ON N8M 1Y6, email , or fax 519-776-8688.