The job of implementing source protection plans is shared by municipalities, conservation authorities and provincial ministries and agencies.
The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee has the responsibility to report on implementation to the province on a regular basis.
Each policy in a source protection plan identifies who is responsible for implementing that policy. This page contains some general information on implementation. For specifics, refer to the source protection plan for your watershed.
Municipalities implement most of the policies in the source protection plans. They have a number of tools they can use to carry out their duties:
Contact your municipality if you have questions about how the source protection plan is being implemented in your municipality.
Conservation authorities and their staff play an important role in the development of source protection plans. They are responsible for the science of the plans. They develop draft policies to be considered by the source protection committee. They also provide support to the committee, carry out public consultations and other activities.
Conservation authority staff work with municipal staff to share information and ideas on the best ways to implement the plans.
Some source protection plan policies call for the conservation authorities to support the implementation actions of the municipalities. For example, conservation authorities may help with education campaigns.
Provincial ministries and agencies give permits or approvals for various activities. In the Clean Water Act these are called "prescribed instruments." Some examples include:
The ministries and agencies can include additional terms in the licences and permits to manage existing significant threats to water or prevent new ones from developing.
The Clean Water Act requires that source protection plans be updated from time to time.
Some updates are required because conditions change. For example, a municipality may develop a new well. The source protection plan will be updated to add the new Wellhead Protection Areas and other information needed to protect the well water.
The Act also requires that entire plans be updated on a regular basis. This way, the plans can take into account changes in land uses, population and other factors. It also provides a chance to update policies and programs if needed.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has given the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee timelines to begin planning the updates of the four plans in the region. The committee must submit their work plans for the updates to the ministry by: