News Release

To: Watershed News Media

May 25, 2009

Cataraqui Source Protection Committee to present findings from Wellhead Protection Area Studies

The Cataraqui Source Protection Committee is hosting a series of public open houses during the month of June to present findings from their studies of municipal drinking water intakes and wells.

The next two open houses will be held in:

“We will be presenting the findings from two studies of small municipal wells,” said Rob McRae, Source Protection Project Manager. “The first is for the Miller Manor Apartments in Mallorytown. The second is for the Cana Subdivision in the Kingston Mills area.”

“The studies look at where the water comes from that enters the municipal well in each community. We are also examining the effects of surrounding land uses and activities on these municipal wells.”

The two wellhead studies arebeing conducted by Golder Associates Ltd. and Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) staff.

The open houses will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. by the CRCA staff and Golder Associates Ltd.

Community residents are also invited to a free barbecue at the Mallorytown and Kingston Mills open houses. Those attending the barbecue are asked to register with Donna Cellini at (613) 546-4228 ext. 248.

“We want the community members to come out and learn about their water and what they can do to help protect it,” added McRae.

The Cataraqui Source Protection Committee is hosting four additional open houses to present findings from the Eastern Lake Ontario-Upper St. Lawrence River Intake Protection Zone Study.

These open houses will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the following locations:

Details about these meetings are available on the website.

Information about each of the technical studies will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

Media contacts for more information:

Rob McRae, Project Manager (613) 546-4228 ext. 224 or 1-877-956-CRCA ext. 224

Karla Maki-Esdon, Communications Coordinator (613) 546-4228 ext. 226 or 1-877-956-CRCA ext. 226


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