Crossing boundaries for water protection

Well­ington North supports a resolution that the appropriate conservation authority shall be the lead authority to resolve issues where there are source water issues over municipal boundaries.

The water and sewer committee minutes noted Centre Wellington’s passage of a similar resolution to address source water protection where watersheds cross municipal boundaries.

At Monday’s council meeting Works Superintendent Gary Williamson said he and his counterpart in Centre Welling­ton met about six weeks ago.

The issue is to address watersheds crossing municipal boundaries, Williamson said, agreeing a standard is a good idea.

“We’re kind of in a unique situation because [Wellington North] is actually in three watersheds so obviously we’re dealing with the Grand River Conservation Authority, the Grey Sauble, and the Maitland Valley.”

As a result, he believes the conservation authorities should make the determination who is best able to solve problems.