The Ontario Low Water Response Plan (OLWRP) was released in May 2001 in partnership with the Ontario Ministries of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Environment; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Municipal Affairs and Housing; Economic Development and Trade; the Association of Municipalities in Ontario, and Conservation Ontario. It was updated in 2010.
Its goal was to ensure provincial preparedness, assist in coordination, support local response in the event of a drought and provide a definition and means of quantifying drought and low water conditions. Thus, the OLWRP established local Water Response Teams (WRTs).
Water Response Teams:
- Focus on a specific watershed
- Coordinate local response
- Consist of local water users and local and provincial water managers
- Provide coordination of response between agencies
- Possess no unique legislative authority
- Include provincial, municipal and CA staff with possible representation from other sectors: agriculture, rural private industry, recreation, resource management interests and First Nations.
How it Works:
MVCA coordinates the WRT for the Mississippi River watershed jurisdiction. The team consists of representatives from local water users and interest groups, municipalities and the Province.
Based on precipitation and flow conditions, Mississippi River WRT will declare a Low Water Condition for all or part of our watershed jurisdiction.