The Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region Source Protection Committee (SPC) has approved the protection region's first annual progress report for the Province of Ontario.
The report covers the Source Protection activities completed between July 2016 to December 2018, with a deadline of July 2021 to achieve full implementation.
Program Manager Carl Seider says the SPC received funding from the Province of Ontario to implement this program and the report will give the Province assurance the SPC is meeting the requirements listed in the Clean Water Act.
"We've addressed now 60 percent of the policies in the source protection plan," says Seider. "We're sort of past the half-way point of addressing the threats that were identified."
He adds at the current stage there is a list of 21 threats and they've addressed 60 percent at this time.
Seider says some of the bigger highlights from the progress report address their ongoing work with municipalities, to make sure the program requirements are embedded into municipal procedures and officials plans.
Another highlight checked off the list is the installation of over 152 Source Water Protection Zone signs, so people can be aware they've entered into a source protection zone and report a problem, if they spot something happening.
"Landowners might be farming in the area or chemicals or other things may be applied then we can get phone calls about what's happening and we can go out and investigate if they're following best practices to doing those types of activities."
He adds if there is an fuel spill or a vehicle accident the signs "would give first responders some awareness that they're in a protection area and could let the local water operators know to shut down their intake."
This progress report document can be download from home.waterprotection.ca