Drinking Water Source Protection in the Mattagami Region Source Protection Area requires the input of watershed stakeholders in order to create and implement a Source Protection Plan that will work effectively in our area. There are many partners and organizations involved in the Drinking Water Source Protection initiative. Below is a brief summary of the roles and responsibilities of each key player.
Mattagami Region Source Protection Authority
The Mattagami Region Source Protection Authority will follow the same structure as the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority Board, which is made up of members appointed by the municipal council. The Mattagami Region Source Protection Area is one of 8 Source Protection Areas that stand alone. The Source Protection Authority will establish the Source Protection Committee for the Area, and provide support to the Committee during the development of the Terms of Reference, the Assessment Report and the Source Protection Plan.
The City of Timmins
The City of Timmins will have a strong role in developing and implementing a Source Protection Plan in all areas under municipal jurisdiction. Municipalities are already responsible for the delivery of municipal drinking water and land use planning and the Source Protection Planning process will build on this existing work.
Municipalities will develop and implement policies to reduce risk posed by activities located in areas under their jurisdiction. This could include requiring individual property owners to take action on significant drinking water threats located within their wellhead and the intake protection zones.
The City of Timmins will appoint 3 members or 1/3 of the representation on the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee. The municipality will also participate in the preparation of the Assessment Report and the Source Protection Plan.
Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee
The Committee will prepare the Terms of Reference, the Assessment Report and the Source Protection Plan. There will be a strong municipal representation on the Committee which will also include representatives from industry, cottagers, tourism and a range of other stakeholders within the watershed. Through the Source Protection Committee, the City of Timmins will work to identify, assess and address risks to drinking water within their wellhead and intake protection areas.
Property owners, industry, community groups and the public
It is important that residents become involved in local Source Protection Planning and help find practical, workable solutions. Engaging the local community in Source Protection Planning will build partnerships to protect common interests. Anyone engaged in an activity that poses a threat or may be affected by the Source Protection Plan will be encouraged to become involved early on, and could be involved through representation on the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee or working groups.
Broader public consultation across the watershed at three key stages – during the preparation of the Terms of Reference, the Assessment Report and the Source Protection Plan – will provide an opportunity for everyone to provide their input.
Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE)
As the lead agency responsible for the Clean Water Act, the MOE is responsible for drafting legislation and policies, funding Drinking Water Source Protection planning on a local level and approving the DWSP reports and Plans submitted by the Mattagami Region Source Protection Committee.
Conservation Ontario (CO) represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. Justice O’Connor’s recommendations for Source Protection specified that the Plans should be developed on a watershed basis. As watershed based organizations with a science-based approach, conservation authorities were a natural fit to coordinate research and development of their local Drinking Water Source Protection Plan. CO assists the CAs in coordinating the DWSP initiative across the province to maximize shared resources and knowledge.
Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
The MNR shares its knowledge and mapping resources with the Drinking Water Source Protection Team.