Municipal and community working groups have played an important role in the work of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee and the work of staff in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Region.
We thank all current and past working group members for their contributions.
Staff continue to meet regularly with municipal staff.
Six local, community, multi-stakeholder working groups took part in an adult learning program for drinking water source protection training and policy proposal development in Wingham, Listowel, Kingsbridge, Clinton, Parkhill, and Exeter.
There was also a municipal sub-committee (MSC).
One hundred people expressed interest in the program and 75 community members completed the adult learning program between 2008 and 2009.
Water Canada magazine: Water’s Next: Celebrating Canada’s Best and Brightest in Water, honoured former project manager Cathie Brown, and her program, as a “gold-star example of how to truly engage stakeholders.”
- Informed, engaged people from the beginning
- Shared rationale, goals with municipalities
- Did not just consult or inform – but educated and engaged
The working groups provided 50 policy suggestions to the SPC committee and the proposals were considered by the committee.
The adult learning program was professionally developed and included a 16-module curriculum.
The program was also revised based on detailed working group feedback.
To learn more about this program visit a web microsite in development at protectwater.ca.