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Our community-based Mission Statement:

To sustain environmental quality and ensure continued protection through implementing a legacy of wise stewardship of Severn Sound and its tributaries.

The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is a Joint Service Board under the Municipal Act (Section 202). It was originally founded in 1997 as a partnership between federal, provincial and municipal partners to support the completion of the Severn Sound Remedial Action Plan (SSRAP) and to provide a local, community-based environmental office in the Severn Sound watershed. The SSEA provides continuing support to the federal and provincial agencies, but particularly to the local municipalities, to sustain environmental quality and to ensure continued protection through wise stewardship of Severn Sound and its tributaries. Our agreement partners include: nine municipalities (Midland , Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Georgian Bay, Severn, Orillia ). We also work with many other partners to develop cost effective environmental projects in the Severn Sound area to the benefit of the entire community.

On behalf of the partners, the SSEA office continues to:

• forge cooperative initiatives to address environmental issues - planning, designing, arranging funding and implementing environmental projects
• act as liaison between local stakeholders and government agencies
• coordinate monitoring of environmental status to follow trends and detect new problems
• provide a "neutral informed voice" that assists the community in focusing efforts and assists in planning and infrastructure decisions.
• engage the Severn Sound community in remediation, monitoring, conservation and stewardship
• provide educational and information services to the member municipalities, other agencies and residents
• promote a sustainable Severn Sound community

The success of the Severn Sound Environmental Association and the Remedial Action Plan provides a focal point around common environmental protection needs, bringing together the municipalities and other stakeholders to sustain the Severn Sound area.

What does the SSEA do?

• Completion of the Severn Sound Remedial Action Plan and participating in ongoing water resource management plans
• Habitat Assessment and Management Plans
• Sustainability Plan for Severn Sound
• Source Water Protection including groundwater and surface water
• Rural programs to promote the implementation of Best Management Practices
• Plan Input and Review
• Public consultation and education
• Monitoring, analysis and reporting (Open water, Streams, Beaches, Groundwater, Benthos, Fish, Habitat)