The Water Quality Working Group

Background
Committee Membership
The Mandate
Outline of Initiatives
Future Considerations

 


Background

The Water Quality Working Group was created as an initiative of the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition during the period of time while it was delivering the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan Environmental Farm Plan Program.

Since the completion of the Green Plan, the WQWG has continued its activities under the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition.

From a groundwater perspective, Ontario is blessed with an abundant supply. However, it is important to recognize that groundwater is a shared resource upon which Ontario farmers rely heavily. Rural Ontario represents over 95 % of the groundwater recharge area, and therefore farmers must:

  • Be stewards of the resource

  • Manage, not mine this valuable resource

There are various potential sources of groundwater contamination which can be categorized as "Point" or "Diffuse" [Non-Point] sources.

Point

Waste containment facilities

Industrial manufacturing facilities

Buried fuel tanks

Graveyards

Septic fields / Manure storage facilities

Diffuse (Non-Point)

Application of agrichemicals

Road salting

Land farming

Golf courses

Urban land-use (e.g. parks and residential areas)


The Water Quality Working Group

EXECUTIVE


Chair, Gordon Coukell
Vice-Chair, Paul Verkley
Mike Goss, Univ. of Guelph
Dave Rudolph, Univ. of Waterloo
Coordinator, Tiffany Svensson

with support from
OFA, CFFO , AGCare, OFAC
OSCIA, Farm Women’s Network, TFIO
AAFC, Env. Can., OMAFRA, MNR, OME, OMOH
University of Guelph, Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research (U. of Waterloo)
(now Earth & Environmental Sciences)

The Mandate of the WQWG

  • To define the key water issues of Ontario’s farmers and to design, develop and test pilot projects to effectively address these concerns.

  • Furthermore to assist in developing policy on groundwater issues to ensure sustainable agriculture in Ontario.

Outline of Initiatives

See also: Ontario Farm Groundwater Quality Survey II (Summer 1992) (original survey)
              
  (Environmental Sustainability Program)

As our environment changes, so can the quality of our drinking water. Early detection of a water quality problem can protect the health of your family and sustainability of your business. A BASELINE WATER WELL TEST will give the property owners a reliable and affordable benchmark, and provide insight on future changes to water quality.

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES:  WATER WELLS - GROUNDWATER: YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR BUSINESS

 


Future Considerations

  • Delineating and protection of sensitive areas

  • Optimizing natural attenuation processes

  • Improved understanding of main issues between all stakeholders


 

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