Media advisory - Get involved to protect drinking water at its source

    - Source Protection Committee being formed in Credit Valley, Toronto and
    Region and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority areas (CTC) -

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Water is our most precious natural resource and
protecting it at its source is a vital concern. For the first time,
communities are required to look at their drinking water sources, identify and
create and carry out a source protection plan to protect both the quality and
quantity of municipal drinking water sources.
    "We have seen in the past what the consequences are when water
contamination hits our drinking water system," said Brian Denney, Chief
Administrative Officer, Toronto and Region Source Protection Authority. "The
Province has set up a process by which local stakeholders will steer local
decision making to protect municipal drinking water sources. It's important
that anyone interested in sharing their experience, knowledge and interest in
watershed planning and drinking water source protection get involved and apply
to join the CTC Source Protection Committee."
    The Ontario government has brought in new legislation for drinking water
source protection planning that establishes new roles and responsibilities for
conservation authorities (CAs) and municipalities; and creates source
protection areas and authorities based on existing CAs.
    In accordance with The Clean Water Act 2006, Toronto and Region Source
Protection Authority (TRSPA) is forming the CTC Source Protection Committee
and is looking for interested, committed individuals with relevant experience
to become sectoral and general members.
    The areas of Credit Valley, Toronto and Region, and Central Lake Ontario
have been grouped into the CTC Source Protection Region to ensure
comprehensive planning across the watershed(s) in the development of source
protection plans. The committee is responsible for determining the actions
required to protect the region's municipal drinking water sources by working
to identify, and assess threats. The multi-stakeholder committee will include
representatives from municipalities, agriculture, industry, businesses,
citizens and other interests.
    Individual applications and nominations for the CTC Source Protection
Committee are now being accepted by TRSPA. All applicants and/or nominees must
complete the application form available at Deadline for receipt
of applications or nominations is 4:30 pm. Friday, September 28, 2007.
    The public is also invited to submit written comments regarding the
proposed composition of the sectoral and general CTC SPC membership. Written
submissions are due Monday, August 20, 2007.
    Comments, applications, and nominations can be submitted by fax, mail or
email to:

    Mr. Brian Denney, Chief Administrative Officer
    Toronto and Region Source Protection Authority
    5 Shoreham Dr, Downsview  ON  M3N 1S4
    Fax: 416.661.6898  Email:

    Please direct inquiries to Karen Hortopan, Communications Administration
Coordinator, CTC Region at 416.661.6600 Ext. 5752.
    For more information about how to apply, qualifications and eligibility,
the CTC Region, SPC composition and more, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Karen Hortopan, Communications Administration
Coordinator, CTC Region at (416) 661-6600 Ext. 5752. Or Wendy Kauffman, Brown
& Cohen Communications and Public Affairs Inc., (416) 484-1132 ext. 3 or

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