New water protection committee chair
Farmer and active community member Ray Beauregard was recently appointed chair of the Raisin- South Nation Source Protection Committee.
“I am honoured to lead the local Source Protection Committee. I have been on the Committee since 2008 and am proud of all our accomplishments to date to protect local municipal drinking water,” says the Cornwall area poultry farm operator. In making the appointment, Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray stated that clean and safe drinking water is one of the most significant priorities facing Ontario and Mr. Beauregard’s leadership will be key to the success of protecting local municipal drinking water.
“Ray was the acting chair for the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Committee following the retirement of past chair, the late Claude Cousineau, in 2015. We are pleased he was officially appointed by the minister to chair the Committee; he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table,” said Richard Pilon, Manager of the Raisin- South Nation Source Water Protection Program.
Mr. Beauregard brings to the position broad experience from various sectors and many years of service to his community in a variety of capacities. He served as a Cornwall Township councillor, South Stormont Deputy Mayor, and United Counties of Stormont- Dundas- Glengarry councillor. He is the past chair of the Eastern Ontario Water Resources Committee, past president of the Cattlemen’s Association, has worked for vari- that communities are able to protect their drinking water sources through the development of collaborative, locally driven, sciencebased source protection plans for watersheds across the province. The program is managed by conservation authorities and the local Source Protection Committees guide the development of the source protection plan. There are 19 committees in Ontario. The Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Committee consists of 15 members plus a chairperson. The committee represents the interests of municipalities, the agricultural sector, commercial and industrial sectors, and the general public. The group also consists of liaisons from the Raisin and South Nation Source Protection Authorities, the province and the local health unit.
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