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TitleGroundwater resource management in the Grand River Watershed: community engagement and making the most of our water budget tools
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorStrynatka, S
SourceRegional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario geoscientists open house; by Russell, H A JORCID logo; Ford, D; Priebe, E H; Holysh, S; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8363, 2018 p. 40, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingRegional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario: Open House; Guelph; CA; February 28 - March 1, 2018
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Regional-scale groundwater geoscience in southern Ontario: an Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario geoscientists open house
File formatpdf
NTS30L/14; 30M/04; 40I/15; 40I/16; 40P/01; 40P/02; 40P/07; 40P/08; 40P/09; 40P/10; 40P/15; 40P/16; 41A/01; 41A/02
AreaGuelph Township; Wellington Township; Eramosa Township; Grand River; Waterloo; Guelph; Whitemans Creek
Lat/Long WENS -81.0000 -79.5000 44.2500 42.7500
Subjectshydrogeology; environmental geology; Nature and Environment; watersheds; groundwater resources; groundwater; aquifers; resource management; hydrologic budget; groundwater flow; modelling; groundwater levels; water wells; land use; climate; water utilization; regional planning; Grand River Watershed; Whitemans Creek Subwatershed; Water supply; Drought; Sustainable development; Climate change adaptation; Water quantity; Policy development
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2018 02 16
AbstractOver the past decade, four Tier 3 water budget studies have been initiated within the Grand River Watershed through the provincial Source Protection Program. Study areas include the Region of Waterloo, City of Guelph and Township of Guelph/Eramosa (Guelph-Guelph/Eramosa Tier 3), Whitemans Creek subwatershed, and most recently the Township of Centre Wellington. The goal of each Tier 3 study has been to evaluate the long term sustainability of the municipalities' aquifers. In each study, numerical groundwater flow models have been developed and applied to assess how water levels in municipal wells will change under various current and future conditions such as changes in land use development, current and future increases in municipal water takings, and long term drought conditions.
In addition to the Tier 3 objectives outlined above, each of the four Tier 3 studies have been leveraged beyond their original purpose to support additional projects, such as the development of municipal Long Term Water Supply Master Plans and climate change adaptation planning.
In the case of the Township of Centre Wellington and Guelph-Guelph/Eramosa Tier 3 studies, a component new to the Tier 3 process has been introduced - early community engagement through the development of community liaison groups. These groups have been implemented to bring engaged residents and stakeholders into the technical portion of the Tier 3 studies as they develop, and into subsequent water quantity policy development.
This presentation provides an overview of how each of the Tier 3 water budget studies within the Grand River Watershed have provided water budget tools, in the form of groundwater flow models, to municipalities for use beyond the Tier 3 assessment, and the evolvement of the Tier 3 process to include community engagement.
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Proceedings for a workshop in Guelph Ontario as part of the program S&T exchange. Abstracts have been contributed by Ontario Geological Survey, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Conservation Authorities, Universities, private sector, and Unites States Geological Survey.

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