The Ontario government announced this week that the Lakehead Source Protection Committee is the first of 38 source protection areas to deliver a plan to protect local drinking water sources. When completed, local watershed-based source protection plans are said to protect more than 450 municipal drinking water sources.
“I hope the Lakehead Source Protection Committee’s efforts to protect drinking water sources provides a model that communities throughout the province will follow. This is a great example of how communities in Northwestern Ontario are demonstrating leadership,” said Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan, in a press release.
Developed collaboratively by local communities, the Lakehead source protection plan focuses on protecting the municipal drinking water sources for Thunder Bay and Rosslyn Village. Lake Superior provides drinking water for over 100,000 people in the Thunder Bay area. Two groundwater wells serve 30 homes in Rosslyn Village.