02/17/2005

AMO Response to the Source Water Implementation Report. February 2005.

The Province has tried hard at establishing a governance structure that could undertake this new and overwhelming task of protecting sources of drinking water at the watershed level. However, the reality of the existing and ongoing roles, the availability of resources and the decision making reality of municipal governments in particular, and conservation authorities in general, does not lend itself to the kind of flexibility the Province envisions is required for this task.

The roles and responsibilities of municipal governments must be made much clearer and must recognize municipalities as decision makers by virtue of their role as elected bodies of government. The roles and responsibilities of stakeholders likewise need clarification.