Waterford and Kilkenny Lakes Watershed Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

1.0  Purpose

The purpose of the Waterford and Kilkenny Lakes Watershed Advisory Committee is to protect the two watersheds by:

  1. Advising the CBRM Water Utility on the management of Waterford and Kilkenny Lake watersheds in order to ensure an adequate supply of safe drinking water from the watershed;
  2. Collecting and reviewing information from stakeholders and other resources, and using that information to work with stakeholders to protect New Waterford’s water supply;
  3. Providing a forum for landowners, residents, and users of the watershed to contribute and receive information and discuss all matters related to the management of the watersheds;
  4. Preparing, and helping to implement through activities such as education, a water supply watershed management strategy for the Waterford and Kilkenny Lakes watersheds.

2.0 Scope

The water supply watershed includes Waterford Lake, Kilkenny Lake, and all those lands and wetlands which drain into the two lakes.

3.0 Membership

Voting Members

  • Private Landowner Representatives – 3 members
  • New Waterford Area Fish & Game Association – 1 member
  • Isle Royale ATV Club – 1 member
  • Councillor, CBRM – 1 member
  • CBRM Water Utility – 1 member
  • Cape Breton Development Corporation (DEVCO) – 1 member
  • Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) (DARR) – 1 member

Note: membership not limited to the above.

Resource Members (non-voting)

  • NS Department of Environment
  • NS Department of Natural Resources
  • NS Department of Fisheries
  • Cape Breton Police Services

4.0 Operation of Committee

  1. The committee chair and vice-chair will be elected every two years by the committee.
  2. CBRM will provide secretarial services.
  3. The committee will endeavour to conduct business by consensus which requires:
    • much discussion involving all sides or points of view
    • agreement by all concerned on a specific issue
    • encouragement of participation and involvement by everyone

      Should the committee be unable to attain consensual agreement on an issue, voting may be necessary. All motions require support from at least a two-thirds majority of the members present.
  4. Five committee members will constitute a meeting quorum.
  5. A General Meeting may be called every two years at the discretion of the committee.