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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Water Management Advisory Council

Parks Canada established the Water Management Advisory Council (WMAC) as part of the Government’s Action Plan in response to the Panel on The Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway. The role of the council is to provide expert and stakeholder advice on how to best achieve its water management goals throughout the Trent and Severn watersheds.

The council is led by an independent chair and consists of water management experts from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada and Conservation Authorities; citizens from the Haliburton, Severn, Kawartha and Trent River watershed areas; representatives from industry including the Ontario Waterpower Association & the Ontario Boating Forum; in addition to representation from the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW).

The WMAC meets two to three times a year and assists Parks Canada by: reviewing and proposing amendments to practices; providing advice on technical matters related to water management; fostering working relationships and communication between Parks Canada; stakeholders and other government agencies in matters relevant to water management. The WMAC also ensures that the water management planning and operation occurs with a full awareness of stakeholder issues and concerns throughout the two watersheds. Members are appointed to the WMAC for a two-year term to a maximum of four years on a volunteer basis.