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Environment Minister visits Quinte Conservation to make water announcement
Published May 2, 2006

In April, $109,000 was provided to Quinte Conservation in support of Source Water Protection. This funding will allow scientific and technical research to be done in support of future source water protection planning for Quinte area watersheds to protect local drinking water sources. Environment Minister Laurel Broten visited Quinte Conservation on Friday, April 28, to announce the funding and how important it is to safeguard the health of Ontario families and communities by protecting drinking water sources.

A study of Madoc's municipal wells will be conducted in the Municipality of Centre Hastings with $60,500 of the funding that was provided. The Madoc study will determine groundwater flow conditions around each municipal well as a first step in the source water protection process. As part of the Great Lakes Studies, the Town of Deseronto will have an Intake Protection Zone (IPZ) study conducted with the remaining $48,500 of funding that was provided. The Deseronto IPZ Study will look at water movement around the water supply intake so that there is a better understanding of water quality for the town.

"Local communities are in the best position to develop water protection plans that work for them," said Broten. "We know their decisions must be based on sound science. This is why we are supporting research and planning efforts in both rural and urban communities across the province."

The McGuinty government is providing almost $10-million in grants this year, $8.5-million of which is going to municipalities and their partner conservation authorities for scientific studies to support their source water protection efforts. These grants are part of the government's $67.5-million commitment for source protection planning.

"We all need sustainable sources of clean, safe drinking water," said Keith Taylor, Source Water Protection Manager of Quinte Conservation. "This funding is allowing us and our partner municipalities to undertake studies that will provide the basis for developing water protection approaches that make sense for local communities."

The McGuinty Government introduced the proposed Clean Water Act for a first reading in December, 2005. The proposed act will ensure that programs like Quinte Conservation's source water protection will be in place to identify potential risks to the local drinking water supply and develop a plan to take action to eliminate and prevent or reduce these risks.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers, and Prince Edward County. It provides cost effective environmental expertise and leadership that develops and delivers programs to ensure the healthy coexistence between the community, its environment and its economy.
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