New wa­ter pro­tec­tion com­mit­tee chair

The Glengarry News - - News -

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.

Ray Beau­re­gard ous man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies, en­gi­neer­ing firms, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The Clean Wa­ter Act en­sures

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