The Source Protection Process and the Terms of Reference
The initial phase of the source protection process involved establishing the source protection areas and source protection authorities. Technical studies were also initiated. In Niagara Peninsula, the Source Protection Authority and the Conservation Authority cover the same geographical area. The source protection committee was formed in 2007 after the declaration of the Clean Water Act.
The Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Committee (SPC) is a multi-stakeholder group made up of three municipal representatives, three members from the general public, and one member each from agriculture, industry, and business; plus a committee chair that is appointed by the province.
The SPC is responsible for preparing a Terms of Reference, which includes the following:
- Mapping of the source protection area
- Listing of municipalities located in the source protection area
- Listing of drinking water systems that will undergo source protection planning (municipal residential systems are mandatory)
- Work Plan for the preparation of the Assessment Report identifying what work is assigned to municipalities and source protection authorities
- Work Plan for the preparation of the Source Protection Plan identifying what work is assigned to municipalities and source protection authorities