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Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-2012
Electronic Layer of Reporting
Elements of NRCan's Sustainable Development Strategy

Maintaining Water Quality and Availability

FSDS Target 3.1 - Fresh Water Quality

Complete federal actions to restore beneficial uses in Canadian Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes by 2020.

FSDS Implementation Strategy

3.1.9 Manage/deliver Great Lakes results federally-provincially, between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. (EC, NRCan)

You will find below details about NRCan’s activities that contribute to this implementation strategy:

Environmental Geoscience

This activity is nested within NRCan’s Program Activity Architecture (PAA) as follows:

  • Strategic Outcome 2 - 
    Environmental Responsibility

    • Program Activity 2.2 - 
      Ecosystem Risk Management

      • Sub Activity 2.2.3
        Environmental Geoscience

Description

Governments and Industry require a variety of assessments rooted in sound geoscience in order to develop, monitor and maintain resources responsibly, and to assess risks. Under Sub Activity - Environmental Geoscience (PAA 2.2.3), NRCan delivers expertise, information and data to other government departments and industry, enabling clear understanding of environmental risks and opportunities, which in turn supports environmental responsibility in the development and use of Canada’s natural resources. Under this Sub Activity is a key Sub Activity that contributes to this FSDS implementation strategy:

  • Sub Sub Activity - Groundwater Geoscience (PAA 2.2.3.2): NRCan’s aquifer mapping and assessment activities (in collaboration with the provinces and territories) support informed decision-making on groundwater management issues, such as: increased pressures on water resources with urbanization, economic expansion and growing energy demands. Mapping of key aquifers supports the responsible development of Canada’s natural resources.

Relationship to FSDS Target

With nearly one third of all Canadians, and up to 80% of the rural population depending on groundwater supply for drinking water, Canada is increasingly reliant on this source for sustained quality of life. The Government of Canada is collaborating with the Province of Ontario and other areas to set standards, complete mapping and assessment requirements for the Great Lakes region. This scientific research will contribute to sustainable management of this highly populated key region. Thus, Sub Activity - Environmental Geoscience contributes indirectly to FSDS Target 3.1 - Fresh Water Quality.

Non-Financial Performance Expectations

Expected Result and Indicators (Sub Activity 2.2.3)

NRCan’s geoscience supports the development and management of resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • Number of communities using the National Groundwater Inventory information in groundwater management and related decision-making (reported annually, beginning in 2011-2012).

Expected Result and Indicator (Sub Sub Activity 2.2.3.2)

Governments and decision-makers are better equipped to manage Canada’s groundwater resources.

  • The National Groundwater Inventory Network is populated with the most recent aquifer assessment data (reported annually, beginning in 2011-2012).

Output and Indicator (Sub Sub Activity 2.2.3.2)

Aquifer assessments are completed.

  • Number of assessments completed (reported only for 2012-2013).

Other FSDS Linkages

Sub Activity - Environmental Geoscience also contributes to FSDS Target 4.1 - Water Resource Management and Use through the following implementation strategies:

This Sub Activity also contributes to FSDS Target 6.2 - Terrestrial Ecosystem and Habitat through the following implementation strategy:

This Sub Activity also contributes to FSDS Target 6.3 - Marine Ecosystems through the following implementation strategies: