Finch, December 16, 2016 – Eastern Ontario motorists are awash in new highway signs intended to promote drinking water protection.
signs are among initiatives arising from Source Water Protection
efforts ongoing in the province for close to a decade. There are 19
Source Protection Committees (SPC) across Ontario which administer
specific regions according to drainage systems.
with Raisin Region Conservation Authority, its partner in the regional
Source Protection Committee, South Nation Conservation coordinated the
distribution of the signs to municipalities in United Counties of
Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry, United Counties of Prescott Russell,
and part of Leeds and Grenville.
Similar signs will be erected
across the province. Costs will be covered by the Source Water
Protection Municipal Implementation Fund.
Showing a water glass
and droplet in blue on white, signs have been linked to vulnerable
drinking water zones. It’s hoped passing motorists will pay heed and not
take any action that could impact negatively on clean water supplies.
goal is to increase public awareness, as well as educate landowners on
vulnerable areas and possible threats to drinking water,” said John
Mesman, SNC Team Lead, Communications, adding that SNC and RRCA are
partnering with member municipalities on highlighting the importance of
protecting the Region’s clean water supplies.
signs have also been placed at marinas in the jurisdiction, with that
part of the project to ramp up next spring. In cooperation with marina
owners, residents who enjoy power boating will be inundated with
bilingual water protection signs.
Handouts invite boaters to take
the “Clean Water Pledge”. In addition to avoiding overfilling fuel and
dumping sewage, they’re asked to resist other obvious potential sins
such as throwing trash overboard; instead, they should take advantage of
(Courtesy of South Nation Conservation)