The Clean Water Act, 2006 includes provisions for the establishment of source protection committees. These committees were responsible for the preparation of the terms of reference, the assessment reports, and source protection plans that are now in place to protect municipal drinking water systems across Ontario. Moving forward, source protection committees play an important role in reporting on implementation of these plans and ensuring they remain relevant through future updates.
Each source protection committee is made up of representatives from watershed stakeholders such as municipal, agriculture, landowners, industry and environmental non-government organizations, and the public at large. These committees work together with municipalities, conservation authorities, and provincial agencies to undertake local source protection planning. The regulation also provides an opportunity for up to 3 members to be appointed to represent the interests of First Nations communities if they have reserve land within the watershed.
The source protection committees are integral to the local source protection planning process, from preparation of the plans, through to implementation, working collaboratively with municipalities and source protection authorities in implementation.
The Chair of the source protection committee will be expected to
- Chair regular meetings of the committee
- Provide leadership to the committee in the review and updates to the local source protection plan(s)
- Work collaboratively with local source protection authorities to support municipalities and communities, implementing bodies and other stakeholders for the implementation of source protection plan policies
- Provide on-going leadership to the delivery of the source protection program
- Be the local champion for the source protection program.
- Proven leadership skills
- Demonstrated ability to work with others to find collaborative solutions for complex issues
- Exceptional communication skills
- Advanced facilitation, mediation and negotiation skills
- Highly developed and effective networks established in the local community
- Familiarity with the rules of operation for committee processes
- Demonstrated ability to understand scientific concepts and technical reports
- Knowledge of the local watershed, communities, and issues
- Expressed willingness to remain neutral
For details on how to apply, please visit: https://www.pas.gov.on.ca/scripts/en/advertPositions.asp