10/07/2009

AMO is generally supportive of the proposals outlined by the government.

AMO’s advice will be offered on compulsory water conservation programs, the provincial role in supporting conservation programming, how industrial user charges should be implemented.

In Ontario’s Proposal Towards Stewardship, Leadership and Accountability in Safeguarding and Sustaining Ontario’s Water Resources for Future Generations, the Ministry of the Environment is consulting on a number of regulatory actions to implement the Province’s commitments under the 2005 Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.

The Agreement was signed by Ontario’s Premier, the Premier of Quebec and the U.S.Great Lakes Governor and ratified by the U.S. Congress and President. The Agreement commits the sub-national jurisdictions to ban the movement of water beyond and within the Great Lakes Basin (either out of the basin entirely or between Great Lakes watersheds); and create water conservation programs within their jurisdictions to better manage their water resources. Ontario is consulting on these aspects of the agreement and also on provisions to expand the conservation charge for commercial water users and the mechanism for administering this charge. AMO is generally supportive of the proposals outlined by the government. As such the Association’s advice will be offered on compulsory water conservation programs, the provincial role in supporting conservation programming, how industrial user charges should be implemented and recognizing upstream and downstream connecting channels and their tributaries as well as existing infrastructure decisions in intra-basin transfers.