|Title||Recharge offsetting - maintaining recharge in an urban environment|
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|Licence||Please note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada
supersedes any previous licences.|
|Source||Regional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario open house; by Russell, H A J; Ford, D; Priebe, E H; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8212, 2017 p. 10,
https://doi.org/10.4095/299766 Open Access|
|Publisher||Natural Resources Canada|
|Meeting||Ontario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience open house; Guelph; CA; March 1-2, 2017|
|Related||This publication is contained in Regional-scale groundwater
geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario open house |
|NTS||31D/03; 31D/04; 31D/05; 31D/06; 31D/11; 31D/12|
|Area||Lake Simcoe; Greater Golden Horseshoe|
|Lat/Long WENS|| -80.0000 -79.0000 44.7500 44.0000|
|Subjects||hydrogeology; groundwater; aquifers; groundwater resources; resource management; urban planning; groundwater regimes; recharge rates; hydrologic environment; hydrologic budget; Lake Simcoe watershed;
|Program||Groundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping|
|Released||2017 02 22|
|Abstract||Through the updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2016), the Lake Simcoe Watershed can expect growth of an estimated 9,000 hectares of new development over the next 25 years. The
Province of Ontario has increased development density targets which will accordingly increase impervious areas in an already urban environment; making it more difficult to maintain predevelopment recharge rates. Typically, maintaining recharge has
focused on the sustainability of natural features such as wetlands and cold water streams; however more recently, it has led to better management of municipal drinking water supplies and stormwater management throughout the Lake Simcoe Watershed. Due
to the significant advancement of recharge-based policies within the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (LSPP) and the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Plan, new and innovative development strategies are being implemented within the Lake
Since 2009, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has implemented the LSPP recharge policies on behalf of member municipalities to ensure pre-development water balance targets can be achieved through the development plan.
The LSPP requires any major development within the Lake Simcoe Watershed to submit a water balance which demonstrates changes to the pre-development water balance will be minimized. Development within a Significant Groundwater Recharge Area also
requires a hydrogeological assessment and water balance demonstrating that the quality and quantity of groundwater in these areas and the function of the recharge areas will be protected, improved or restored.
More recently, the Approved South
Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Plan came into effect July 1, 2015, which requires development proponents to complete water balance and hydrogeological assessments for future development activities proposed under the Planning Act or
Condominium Act where applications are within the wellhead protection quantity area. The Source Protection Plan also requires that proponents demonstrate that their projects will maintain the pre-development groundwater recharge rates. The Policy is
similar to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan recharge policies, however it goes one step further and requires recharge offsetting should site conditions not allow for the implementation of on-site Low Impact Development measures to promote recharge. As
a result, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has developed a recharge offsetting program where all new development or redevelopment greater than 0.50 hectares requires recharge to be maintained after development so that there is no net
reduction in water supplied to the groundwater system. Any loss in recharge after implementation of on-site measures will be offset through agreement with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority under the Conservation Authority's Urban
Stormwater Retrofits Projects Program.
|Summary||(Plain Language Summary, not published)|
Proceedings for Regional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario open house organized by the Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of
Canada and Conservation Ontario Geoscientists. Open house is on 2017-03-01 and 02. Purpose is public engagement and dissemination of geoscience completed in Southern Ontario during the past year.