First stage of P.E.I. Water Act consultations finished

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The first stage of Water Act public consultations wrapped up this week in Charlottetown.

Meetings were held in nine communities across the province from Souris to Elmsdale, beginning in the first week of October.

The Environmental Advisory Council heard about 60 presentations in total and received about 40 direct submissions via online and written to date.

Following the conclusion of the first stage of consultations, the council will prepare a report to be used by staff of the Department of Communities, Land and Environment in drafting the first edition of a Water Act.

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The report will summarize input received, assess adequacy of information for incorporation in the Act and provide recommendations around legislation development.

“We were extremely impressed with the attendance at all meetings and also with the quality of presentations being made. Islanders have embraced this process and are providing valuable input that will inform and contribute to the drafting of a Prince Edward Island Water Act,” said Environment Minister Robert Mitchell.

Those who are still interested in providing input prior to the primary drafting of the legislation are encouraged to submit feedback on the Water Act website www.gov.pe.ca/wateract.

Submissions will be accepted until Jan. 15.

The drafted legislation will return to public consultation for further input before being finalized.

Organizations: Environmental Advisory Council, Department of Communities

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island

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