Working Together to Protect Our Drinking Water Sources
Everyone should be able to trust that the water they drink is safe. Protecting the sources of our drinking water - lakes, rivers or underground aquifers - is the first step to ensure safe drinking water through the development of a Source Protection Plan (SP Plan).
North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Plan (Effective Date July 1, 2015)
Explanatory Document (Explains rationale for each policy)
Assessment Report (Identifies vulnerable areas and threats)
The North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Authority (SPA) coordinated the development of the Source Protection Plan (SP Plan) to protect the sources of five municipal drinking water systems in our watershed: Callander, Mattawa, North Bay, Powassan and South River. The SPA appointed the local Source Protection Committee (SPC). Who worked with the municipalities, various stakeholders and the general public to ensure that the Source Protection Plan is relevant at the local level and that our drinking water sources are protected now and for future generations. The SP Plan is based on the scientific and technical findings and consultations contained in the Assessment Report.
The SP Plan designates bodies to implement the policies including municipalities, provincial ministries, the Source Protection Authority, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA). Municipalities will implement the plan through a variety of strategies, including their own official plans and bylaws, and other bodies will implement policies through the legislative and regulatory frameworks required in the SP Plan.
Clean Water Act
The Clean Water Act was passed by the Ontario legislature to assist communities with protecting their municipal drinking water supplies at the source. Through source protection planning, communities across Ontario identify potential risks to local water quality and water supply, and create a plan to reduce or eliminate these risks. Development of the Plans is overseen by local Source Protection Committees and involves watershed residents, municipalities, conservation authorities, property owners, farmers, industry, health officials, community groups, and others.
Source Protection Planning is governed by the Clean Water Act, 2006 and has been fully funded by the Province of Ontario to March 2015.
Learn more about Ontario's Drinking Water Source Protection Program by visiting www.ontario.ca
Ontario's Source Water Protection Map
Everyone can play a role in protecting our sources of drinking water.
Check out our local Source Protection Plan for North Bay, Mattawa, Callander, Powassan and South River.
Policies implemented for protecting municipal drinking water sources; plan now up for review
(North Bay, May 24, 2019) All policies established to protect the sources of municipal drinking water in North Bay, Mattawa, Powassan, Callander, and South River are now in place and being implemented according to the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area’s 2018 Annual Report.
“The annual report rates progress on implementation of policies by all affected municipalities, ministries and agencies as specified in the Source Protection Plan. It also flags challenges and areas for review,” said David Ellingwood, Supervisor of the drinking water source protection program at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority administers the Source Protection program under the oversight of the source protection committee and the source protection authority with provincial funding through the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The Annual Report can be viewed here: http://www.actforcleanwater.ca/reports/source-protection-annual-report/
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Committee - Closing May 17, 2019
Four positions available on Source Protection Committee
Expressions of interest are invited to fill four vacancies on the North Bay-Mattawa Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC), a local multi-stakeholder committee responsible for reducing risks to local municipal drinking water sources in Callander, Mattawa, North Bay, Powassan, and South River.
The current vacancies include one representing the agricultural sector; one representing the commercial or industrial sector; and two representing other interests such as environmental, health, residential, or general public interests. A committee member must reside in, own or rent land in, be employed in, operate a business in, or be employed by a municipality located in the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area.
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Chris Mayne elected Chair of SPA Board of Directors
The Source Protection Authority (SPA) Board of Directors held its AGM Wednesday February 6, electing Chris Mayne as Chair and Dave Britton as Vice Chair. The SPA oversees the Drinking Water Source Protection Program for the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area.Chris Mayne Elected Chair of NBMCA
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) Board of Directors also elected North Bay Councillor Chris Mayne as its new Chair at its Annual General Meeting Wednesday. Powassan Councillor Dave Britton was elected Vice Chair.
The NBMCA Board also elected Councillors Shelly Belanger of Papineau-Cameron, Dean Grant of Calvin, Loren Mick of Mattawa and Dave Mendicino of North Bay to the Board’s Executive Committee. Chair Mayne and Vice Chair Britton are automatic appointees to the Executive Committee.