During preparation of the Assessment Report, the Source Protection Committee consulted with the public through three consultation periods. The first was a 35-day consultation period on a draft proposed Assessment Report, which included a public meeting. The Source Protection Committee is required to consider any comments submitted during this first public consultation period and to incorporate these comments, as necessary, into a revised document called the proposed Assessment Report. This proposed document was then posted for the second consultation period for 30-days.
The Act requires the submission of the proposed Assessment Report to the Director, along with any public comments received during this second public consultation period, any comments the Source Protection Authority wishes to make, as well as a summary of any unresolved comments made by municipalities and First Nation bands during the first consultation period on the assessment report.
During the first round of consultation on the draft proposed Assessment Report for the Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Area, the public provided comments that were considered by the Source Protection Committee.
During the second consultation on the proposed report, one letter was received from a municipality providing specific local details on technical aspects of work undertaken. This was given due consideration by the Director in making a first decision on the proposed Assessment Report.
Based on the review and analysis of the proposed Assessment Report, including consideration of whether all legislative requirements as set out in the Act, associated regulation and Director's Technical Rules were followed during preparation of the proposed AR, it was determined that the report was non-compliant with the Technical Rules. The Director returned the proposed Assessment Report to the Source Protection Authority directing that amendments be made to the report, that new or updated technical work be added to the AR, and that public consultation be held, as appropriate.
The Source Protection Committee held a third round of consultation to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the amendments made as a result of the Director’s directions as well as on the new updated information included in the proposed report. No comments were received during the 30-day consultation period.
There were no unresolved comments on the amended proposed Assessment Report for the Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Area.
The amended proposed Assessment Report was resubmitted on May 27, 2011 to the ministry for Director’s consideration.
The resubmitted amended proposed Assessment Report for the Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Area has addressed all of the concerns originally raised and satisfactorily addressed the legislative and regulatory requirements as set out in the Clean Water Act, 2006, Ontario Regulation 287/07 (General), and the Technical Rules: Assessment Report (November 2009).
The amended proposed Assessment Report has been approved, as resubmitted.