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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Minutes and Agendas

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2021

DateAgendaMinutes
Febuary 11, 2021  Agenda Package (3.9 MB)  
 April 7, 2021  Agenda Package (3.9 MB)  

2020

DateAgendaMinutes
April 6, 2020  Agenda Package (335 KB)  Minutes
October 27, 2020  Agenda Package (1.25 MB)  Minutes

2019

DateAgendaMinutes
April 4, 2019  Agenda Package (843 KB)  Minutes
November 7th, 2019  Agenda Package (4.08 MB)  Minutes

2018

DateAgendaMinutes
April 5, 2018  Agenda Package (1 MB)  Minutes
August 9, 2018  Agenda Package (3 MB)  Minutes
October 4, 2018  Agenda Package (384 KB)  Minutes

2017

DateAgendaMinutes
November 2, 2017  Agenda Package (612 KB)  Minutes
February 2, 2017  Agenda Package (312 KB)  Minutes (227 KB)

2015

DateAgendaMinutes
October 1, 2015  Agenda Package (688 KB)  Minutes (325 KB)
     

2014

No meetings in 2014

2013

DateAgendaMinutes
December 5, 2013 Agenda Package (438 KB) Minutes (344 KB)
October 3, 2013 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (1.3 MB)
Minutes (256 KB)

2012

DateAgendaMinutes
June 7, 2012 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (686 kb)
Minutes(192 kb)
March 22, 2012 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (329 kb)
Minutes (43 kb)
March 1, 2012 Agenda (128 kb)
Agenda Package (239 kb)
Minutes (68 kb)
February 9, 2012 Agenda (128 kb)
Agenda Package (239 kb)
Minutes (59 kb)
January 12, 2012 Agenda (172 kb)
Agenda Package (629 kb)
Minutes (51 kb)

2011

DateAgendaMinutes
December 15, 2011 Agenda Package (335 kb) Minutes (65 kb)
November 3, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (705 kb)
Minutes (65 kb)
September 1, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (901 kb)
Minutes (70 kb)
August 4, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (708 kb)
Minutes (65 kb)
July 7, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (232 kb)

Minutes (60 kb)
Disposition (175 kb)

June 2, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (814 kb)

Minutes (68 kb)
Disposition (176 kb)

May 5, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (354 kb)

Minutes (5.5 mb)
Disposition (176 kb)

April 7, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (972 kb)

Minutes (68 kb)
Disposition (176 kb)

March 3, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (972 kb)
Disposition (186 kb)
Minutes (4.90 mb)
February 3, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (356 kb)
Disposition (186 kb)
Minutes ( 2 MB)
January 6, 2011 Agenda (1 page)
* Agenda Package (1 MB)
Disposition (186 kb)
Minutes (2 MB)

2010

DateAgendaMinutes
December 2, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (1 MB)

Disposition (135 kb)
Minutes (42 kb)

November 15, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (2 MB)
Disposition (148 kb)
Minutes (42 kb)
September 2, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (1 MB)

Disposition (153 kb)
Minutes (62 kb)

August 12, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (1 MB)
Disposition (136kb)
Minutes (45 kb)
June 3, 2010

Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (1 MB)
Preliminary Draft Assessment Report:
- Chapter 1 - Introduction
- Chapter 2 – Watershed Characterization
- Chapter 3 – Water Budget
- Chapter 4 – Threats and Issues Approach
- Chapter 5 – Groundwater Sources
- Chapter 6 – Surface Water Sources
- Chapter 7 – Climate Change
- Chapter 8 – Data Gaps and Future Work
- Chapter 9 – Findings and Considerations

- Tables and Maps available on request,

Disposition (165 kb)
Minutes (45 kb)
May 6, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (3 MB)
— Chapter 6 figures (maps) are available upon request

Disposition (160 kb)
Minutes (45 kb)

April 1, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (4 MB)

Disposition (150 kb)
Minutes (56 kb)

March 4, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (13 MB)
— Chapter 5 figures (maps) are available upon request
Disposition (148 kb)
Minutes (55 kb)
February 4, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (21 MB)
Disposition (200 kb)
Minutes (50 kb)
January 7, 2010 Agenda (1 page)
Agenda Package (4 MB)
Disposition (147 kb)
Minutes (96 kb)
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

Source Protection Region - Image Map

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Are you in the Mississippi-Rideau Region? Click on our map to find out. Click on any region on the map to be redirected to their web site.

Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

Source Protection Committee

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Under the Clean Water Act, a Source Protection Committee representing multiple stakeholders is required for each source protection region in Ontario. The Source Protection Committee oversees the source protection program and the composition ensures that a variety of local interests are represented at the decision making table.

Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Committee:

Chair – Ken Graham
MemberRepresenting
Claude Lloyd Small business
Carol Dillon Non-governmental organizations
Michel Kearney City of Ottawa
Drew Lampman Industry / commercial
Eleanor Renaud Municipalities without drinking water systems
Patricia Larkin Non-governmental organizations
Diane Smithson Municipalities with surface water systems
Peter McLaren Agriculture
Beverly Millar Rural General public
Randy Malcolm First Nations
Wilf Stefan Industry / commercial
Scott Bryce Municipalities with groundwater systems

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The Source Protection Committee meets to discuss technical assessments and source protection policy. Meetings are open to the public.

Meetings

Agenda and Minutes

Governing Policies (169 KB)

Source Protection Commitiee Biographies

 
The guiding principles of the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Committee are that source protection policies must be effective, practical, cost-effective and have widespread support.
Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

Source Protection Region

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The Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region is made up of two Source Protection Areas – the Mississippi Valley Source Protection Area which is made up of the lands that drain into the Mississippi River (also called the Mississippi watershed) and the Rideau Valley Source Protection Area which encompasses lands that drain into the Rideau River (the Rideau watershed). All or part of 31 municipalities fall within the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region.

About three quarters of the population of the region live in an area that is serviced by the 12 municipal drinking water systems that are the focus of the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan.

mississippi-rideau source protection region

Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

The Story of Source Water Protection in Ontario

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May 2000 – Walkerton Tragedy

The Walkerton tainted water tragedy occurred as a result of E. coli contamination of the groundwater supplying a municipal well. Seven people died and thousands more became ill from drinking the contaminated water. Justice Dennis O’Connor led a public inquiry and made numerous recommendations to better protect Ontario’s drinking water in the future. A key conclusion was the need to have multiple layers of protection in place, a concept commonly referred to as the multi-barrier approach. The first barrier is protecting the drinking water at the source or “Source Water Protection.”

October 2006 – Clean Water Act

The Ontario Government responded to the Walkerton Inquiry recommendations by strengthening existing legislation and introducing new legislation where needed. Ontario did not have any legislation specifically to protect drinking water sources so the Clean Water Act was enacted and the Source Water Protection program began. The focus of the Clean Water Act is the protection of rivers, lakes and groundwater where they supply municipal drinking water systems (the large systems that serve villages, towns and cities). Source protection planning was undertaken locally in 19 source protection regions across Ontario.

2007 – Source Protection Committee

The Clean Water Act stipulated that a local multi-stakeholder Source Protection Committee oversee the source protection program in each source protection region. Municipalities, industry, small business, environmental interests, First Nations, agriculture and the general public were represented on the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Committee. The Committee is supported by the Conservation Authorities' Boards of Directors, which under the Clean Water Act, are referred to as "Source Protection Authorities."

2008 – Terms of Reference

Each region created a Terms of Reference that outlined the approach, tasks and responsibilities for the source protection work ahead.

pdfTerms of Reference for the Rideau Valley Source Protection Area
pdfTerms of Reference for the Mississippi Valley Source Protection Area

2010 – Assessment Reports

Assessment Reports are a compilation of studies looking at each watershed’s physical characteristics, water quality and quantity and land use. Assessment Reports were needed in order to understand how water is distributed throughout the watershed and where there are risks of overuse or contamination. The Assessment Reports resulted in the mapping of vulnerable areas around municipal wells called “Wellhead Protection Areas” and near municipal water treatment plant intake pipes called “Intake Protection Zones” These areas became the focus of where mandatory policies in the Source Protection Plan would apply. The Assessments Reports also identified “Highly Vulnerable Aquifers” and “Significant Groundwater Recharge Areas” throughout the region where non-mandatory policies could apply.

Assessment Report - Rideau Valley Source Protection Area
Assessment Report - Mississippi Valley Source Protection Area

2012 – Source Protection Plan

The Source Protection Plan contains the policies to protect local drinking water sources. The policies differ from region to region across the province and were decided upon by the Source Protection Committee with input from municipalities, provincial ministries, First Nations, business sectors, farmers, environmental interests, property owners and the public. The policies range from outright prohibition of activities that threaten drinking water to education and outreach policies to encourage voluntary good practices.

The Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan received approval from the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Glen Murray, on August 27, 2014 and came into effect on January 1, 2015.
Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

Source What?

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Source water is the raw water that we take from lakes, rivers or underground aquifers to supply people with drinking water. “Source Water Protection” or “Source Protection” means protecting these sources of drinking water from contamination and overuse. The focus is on prevention and this work is meant to complement the work of water treatment plant operators who ensure municipal drinking water is properly treated, tested and safely delivered to your tap.

Four great reasons to protect drinking water at the source:

Water treatment is not always enough.
Water treatment systems do not remove all contaminants from water, particularly some chemicals. The safest approach is to prevent contamination in the first place.
Prevention saves money.
It is much cheaper to keep water clean than to try to remove contaminants. A 2010 spill from a home heating oil tank in eastern Ontario cost $1 million to clean up. The spill might have been avoided by ensuring the tank was in good repair.
Contamination can ruin a water source forever.
Sometimes contamination cannot be cleaned up and a water supply must be shut down. The community of Manotick, Ontario lost access to its groundwater in the 1990s when it was contaminated by chemicals from a dry cleaning business. Since then, water has been piped into Manotick from urban Ottawa.
Source protection has other benefits.
Clean and plentiful sources of drinking water protect property values and support tourism and recreation, business development and fish and wildlife habitat. All of which create healthy local economies and viable, vibrant communities.

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Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Office
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
P.O. Box 599
Manotick, ON K4M 1A5