Download your source protection plan
For copies of the plans, use the links below or visit the Maitland Valley or Ausable Bayfield source protection authority offices during business hours.
These links are to large PDF downloads (approx. 10 MB in size):
Maitland Valley Source Protection Area
- Maitland Valley Source Protection Plan – Amended – Effective February 5, 2019
- Maitland Valley Assessment Report – Amended January 31, 2019 – Effective February 5, 2019
Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Area
- Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Plan – Amended – Effective February 5, 2019
- Ausable Bayfield Assessment Report – Amended January 31, 2019 – Effective February 5, 2019
Notice of Approval of the amended assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area and Maitland Valley source protection area
For Notice of Approval of the amended assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area and Maitland Valley source protection area (February 5, 2019) please visit the Ontario Environmental Registry at this link:
- Notice of Approval of the amended assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area and Maitland Valley source protection area
News release – Issued February 6, 2019:
Province of Ontario approves source protection plan amendments for Maitland Valley, Ausable Bayfield source protection areas
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has approved the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Authorities’ amendments to source protection plans to reflect recent changes in six area municipal well systems: Benmiller, Blyth, Dungannon, Molesworth, Ripley, and Varna. The Ministry also approved revisions to two source protection plan policies.
The Ministry approved the amendments and revisions on January 31, 2019 and they took effect on February 5, 2019.
“The approved changes to wellhead protection area mapping and source protection plans reflect improvements that local municipalities have made to their drinking water systems,” said Matt Pearson, Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC). “Wells have been added or replaced to ensure communities continue to have reliable drinking water. The plan amendments ensure municipal water supply continues to be protected through the drinking water source protection program.”
The provincial approval follows a public notice period held from January 3, 2018 to February 8, 2018. Consultation included direct notification to landowners in the affected areas plus two Open House sessions held in Blyth and Varna in January of 2018. The local source protection region submitted the proposed amendments to the source protection plans, to Ontario’s environment ministry, on February 16, 2018 for review.
Drinking water sources in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region include groundwater, drawn from aquifers underground, and water drawn from Lake Huron. The source protection plans set out policies that use a variety of tools to protect municipal drinking water sources from contamination. These tools include education, risk management planning, prohibition and land use planning. Policies in the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Plans first came into effect on April 1, 2015.
Visit the region’s local website at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca or the Province of Ontario web page at ontario.ca/page/source-protection to find out more. These web pages provide information about source protection plan policies, mapping of municipal wells and water resources, activities that could contaminate drinking water in certain circumstances and that require risk management, and positive actions you can take at home and work to help keep our drinking water safe and clean.
The Notice of Approval of the amended assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area and Maitland Valley source protection area is also posted on Ontario’s environmental registry at www.ebr.gov.on.ca
If you have questions about the approved changes, please contact Program Co-Supervisor Mary Lynn MacDonald at 1-888-286-2610 or Program Co-Supervisor Donna Clarkson at 1-519-335-3557.
What is a drinking water source protection plan?
Policies in your locally developed, provincially approved source protection plans reduce risk to local municipal drinking water sources in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas.
The locally developed and provincially approved plans reduce this risk through a practical and local approach to manage threats in the most vulnerable areas of the source protection region.
Community representatives on the source protection committee have worked with the public for more than seven years to prepare terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans.
The plan policies with must-conform-to legal effect apply, in this region, only in three zones around municipal wells:
1. 100-metre wellhead protection area (WHPA A)
2. Parts of two-year time-of-travel area (WHPA B)
3. In the case of dense non-aqueous phase liquids, within the five-year time-of-travel area.
Direct education to persons engaged in an activity (for example, someone with a septic system or home heating oil near a municipal well) is part of the local threats management approach.
Policies such as prohibition, or risk management plans, would only apply to significant threat activities. Those threats can only be found in the three most vulnerable wellhead protection areas of the region (WHPA zones A, B, and C).
If the threat exists today a risk management plan is usually required. (Different tools are used to reduce risk from septic systems).
In general, if a significant threat does not exist today it cannot be established in the future.
For more information on drinking water source protection in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region contact Tim Cumming, Communications Specialist, at email@example.com or phone 519-235-2610, ext. 248 or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610, ext. 248.
NOTICE OF AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this document, made under Ontario Regulation 287/07, Section 51 (s. 51), following approval on January 19, 2015, are summarized below:
- Removal of the Carriage Lane and Harbour Lights municipal water supply systems from the source protection plans and maps.
- Correction of Transport Pathways on maps.
- Correction of typos
- Download: Notice of Amendments to Source Protection Plans pursuant to Section 51 of Ontario Regulation 287/07 of the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006.