February 7, 2018
Dear MEA Members,
Please see communication below from MOECC & MNRF;
We are writing today to let you know that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) have posted draft Watershed Planning Guidance for municipalities and planning authorities on the Environmental Registry for a 60-day review period.
Watershed Planning Guidance supports the implementation of the four provincial land use plans which strengthen requirements for watershed and subwatershed planning; and the Provincial Policy Statement which identifies the watershed as the ecologically meaningful scale for integrated and long-term planning.
Watershed planning is an opportunity for municipalities and other planning authorities to take a collaborative approach to planning by creating a framework for the management of human activities, land, water, aquatic life and resources within a watershed, and for the assessment of cumulative, cross-jurisdictional and cross-watershed impacts.
For further details and to comment on the proposal, please visit the Environmental Registry at https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/ using EBR # 013-1817 or the following direct link:
The draft Guidance has been posted for written feedback from February 6, 2018 to April 7, 2018.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the draft Watershed Planning Guidance, please contact Nisha Shirali at (416) 314-7138 or Ryan Stainton at (705) 755-1835; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Lompart Jennifer Keyes
Manager, Land Use Policy Section Manager, Water Resources Section
Environmental Policy Branch Natural Resources Conservation Policy Branch
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry