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TitleAre we on the right track? A panel discussion on the future direction of groundwater management in Ontario
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AuthorHolysh, S; Stephens, J; Belanger, D; Buttle, J; Di'Iorio, T; Doyle, V; Rudolph, D L
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; Holysh, S; Priebe, E H; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8528, 2019 p. 16-17, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesOntario Geological Survey, Open File Report 6349
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
PublisherGovernment of Ontario
MeetingRegional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario: Open House; Guelph; CA; February 27-28, 2019
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
NTS30; 31B; 31C; 31D; 31E; 31G; 40; 41A; 41G; 41H/03; 41H/04; 41H/05; 41H/06; 41H/12; 41H/13
AreaSouthern Ontario; Great Lakes
Lat/Long WENS -84.0000 -74.0000 46.0000 41.5000
Subjectshydrogeology; environmental geology; Nature and Environment; groundwater; aquifers; groundwater resources; resource management; regional planning; climate; land use; models; watersheds; groundwater movement; Oak Ridges Moraine; Decision making; Climate change; Programs; monitoring
Released2019 02 08
AbstractThis panel discussion will focus on whether, as a Province, Ontario is adequately planning for the future of our water resources. Recent developments related to the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan, the Greenbelt Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, as well as the expected impacts of climate change, will all figure into the conversation. Although the dialogue among panelists is expected to look broadly at water management and the current state of efforts to prepare for the future, there will be an emphasis on groundwater resources. Decisions affecting water resources are made by policy makers, technical staff, and those responsible for issuing approvals on a daily basis. These decisions range from land use planning to water allocation targets to wastewater treatment requirements.
It has been almost 20 years since the tragic events of Walkerton highlighted additional needs for improved management of Ontario's water resources and in particular its groundwater. With the passing of the Clean Water Act in 2006, the past decade has seen considerable investment, primarily through the Drinking Water Source Protection program. This investment has ranged from the collection of water related data, the technical synthesis of these data, in many cases into sophisticated numerical groundwater models, and an overall improvement in our understanding of how water moves through Ontario's watersheds. In the current transition to a new government with a focus on curtailing public expenditures, what is the most appropriate way forward to capitalize on this investment and to ensure that future practitioners do not lose the knowledge gained from these activities? Is it even in danger of being lost?
Panel members bring a diverse range of views and expertise to the discussion and will be prepared to offer their insights into some of Ontario's key ongoing and upcoming water related challenges and opportunities.
Are Ontario's water related policies and programs being effectively implemented to support long-term sustainability of the resource?
How are we monitoring the impact of our decisions?
Are our actions pro-active or reactive?
Is the acquisition of water related data sufficient to inform decision-making?
Are the data adequately managed and readily accessible to those making planning and technical decisions?
Is research headed in the right direction?
Are agencies at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels sufficiently engaged and coordinated?
Being blessed with a seemingly abundance of water, has Ontario been too complacent in how we currently make decisions with respect to our water resources?
Following introductory comments from panel members, there will be an engaging and insightful discussion surrounding the future of water management in Ontario.
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Volume of abstracts for Ontario Geological Survey and Geological Survey of Canada groundwater geoscience Open house with Conservation Ontario.

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