Public meetings scheduled in Oxford County to discuss protection

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					Monday, May 12, 2008

                 Public meetings scheduled in Oxford County
                    to discuss protection of water sources
   Two public meetings are scheduled in Oxford County to provide residents with information about steps being
taken to protect the sources of municipal drinking water supplies in Oxford communities.
       • Wednesday May 21, Drumbo Agricultural Hall, 6-8 p.m.
            For the Bright, Drumbo and Plattsville water systems
       •    Thursday May 22, Tillsonburg Community Centre (Marwood Room), 6-8 p.m.
            For the Tillsonburg, Norwich, Otterville-Springford, Brownsville and Dereham Centre water
   They will be of particular interest to those who own land near municipal wells serving those communities.
Mailed invitations have also been sent to landowners in each area.
   The meetings are being held as part of the outreach and education program under the Clean Water Act which
was passed by the Ontario legislature in 2006 to develop drinking water source protection plans throughout
   The meetings will include:
       • a presentation on the Clean Water Act and its implementation in Oxford
       • background on Oxford County’s municipal drinking water systems.
       • information on grant programs for rural, town and village residents to support action they can take to
            protect municipal water sources
       • advice on well and septic system maintenance
   There will also be displays and literature on the source protection program, rural and agricultural
environmental programs and other topics.
   Eastern and southern portions of Oxford County are part of the Lake Erie Source Protection Region because
they are in watersheds of three conservation authorities: Long Point Region, Catfish Creek and Grand River.
The Lake Erie Region includes those three watersheds as well as a fourth: Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
   A Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee, which includes representatives from Oxford County, is
guiding the process of developing drinking water source protection plans for each of the watersheds.
   More information on the source protection program is available at
Further information:
Dave Schultz, GRCA Manager of Communications
Phone: (519) 621-2763, Ext. 2273; Cell: (519) 658-3896; E-mail:

Janice Robertson, LPRCA Supervisor of Community Relations
Phone: (519) 428-4623; E-mail:

Ric Wellwood, CCCA Communications Co-ordinator
Phone: (519) 773-9037 E-mail: