Both plans aim to better protect water quality in lakes, rivers, and underground sources. Credit: Hermann Luyken.
Both plans aim to better protect water quality in lakes, rivers, and underground sources. Credit: Hermann Luyken.

The Ontario Government announced its approval of the Quinte Source Protection Plan and the Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan on Sept. 11. The plans, developed by the Quinte source protection committee and the Lake Erie region source protection committee, respectively, will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

“The approval of this first source protection plan for the Quinte Region is an important milestone in the protection of local municipal drinking water sources,” said Max Christie, the chair of the Quinte Region source protection committee. “Our source protection committee has created a plan based on science and proudly developed in consultation with the local community.”

Both plans aim to better protect water quality in lakes, rivers, and underground sources by establishing maintenance and inspection programs; creating risk management plans for handling potentially harmful substances like pesticides, fuel, and manure; and producing and placing road signs to identify wellhead protection areas and intake protection zones.

“I am very pleased that the Kettle Creek plan has been formally approved for implementation,” said Craig Ashbaugh, chair of the Lake Erie region source protection committee. “The plan will ensure local residents continue to have access to safe, high-quality municipal drinking water.”

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