Source Protection Committee
The Source Protection Committee, as stated in the Clean Water Act, is responsible for preparing the terms of reference, the assessment report and the source protection plan. They are being assisted by source protection authorities. Regulations on the preparation of the assessment report and source protection plan provide direction on how the source protection committee, conservation authorities and municipalities should work together to prepare these documents.
The Committee was appointed in October 2007 and holds meetings regularly. Committee members come from various stakeholder groups. The Committee has a total of fifteen representatives and the Chair, as specified by approved regulations. One-third of the representatives are from the municipal sector, one-third represent agriculture, industrial and commercial sectors, and one-third represent other interests. An additional two representatives may be nominated by First Nations communities.
A list of the representatives serving on the SPC can be found on the SPC Members page.
The Source Protection Committee has approved two documents needed for the smooth operation of meetings and Committee work: the Rules of Procedure; and the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy. The Rules document establishes numbers for quorum and voting, confidentiality requirements and the obligations of members and the Chair. The Code document outlines expectations on Committee members in all matters related to SPC work, guidance on what might be a conflict of interest and the consequences for engaging in prohibited activities.
view Rules of Procedure
view Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy
Chair of the Committee
Mr. Michael Traynor has been appointed as Chair of the local Source Protection Committee. The appointment was made in August 2007 by the Hon. Laurel Broten, then Minister of the Environment.
The Chair serves a vital role in the work of the Committee toward the completion of key tasks in source protection planning. Besides chairing meetings, the Chair may liaise with agencies, attend consulations, act as spokesperson, and provide guidance to the Committee.
Next SPC Meeting
The Source Protection Committee will hold its next meeting on June 21, 2013. The meeting is open to the public. For details, go to the Meetings page.
Committee's Goals and Objectives
As a way of describing the underlying goals of the Source Protection Committee to the public, the following statements were adopted by the Committee.
Providing leadership to engage the entire community in developing comprehensive, responsible solutions to protect water resources.
Guiding principles: We value:
. Comprehensive, science-based research
. Recognizing and engaging all members of the community as valued stakeholders
. Informed decision makers through communication, education and responsiveness to community enquiries
. Being open and transparent
. Sustainable and long-term decision making