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The Nutrient Management Act, 2001 The Ontario Experienc
As an important part of Operation Clean Water, the Ontario government moved forward with preventative measures to protect the environment and quality of life Ontarians enjoy.
These measures would focus on agricultural, municipal and industrial operations and the safe and effective
management of materials containing nutrients, including manure, commercial fertilizers, biosolids from municipal sewage treatment, septage, and pulp and paper sludge.
Introduced on June 13, 2001, the Nutrient Management Act, 2001 received Royal Assent on June 27, 2002 and forms the
cornerstone of a comprehensive nutrient management framework for Ontario that would provide Ontario's agricultural industry, municipalities and other nutrient generators with clear environmental protection guidelines. It would build on the existing system by giving current best practices
and industry guidelines the force of law, and creating comprehensive, enforceable, provincewide standards to regulate the management of all land-applied materials containing nutrients.
The Act would provide a framework for an integrated, multi-phased approach to nutrient management that
recognizes a range of policy tools and the diversity of Ontario's farm operations, municipalities and other stakeholders. It would build on important work already done, including the development of Environmental Farm Plans, and complement current review and approval processes for industry.
And it would build on important partnerships, clarify roles and responsibilities, and provide a foundation for innovative research and technology development.
The preventative measures that would be supported by this Act focus on continuous improvement and are part of a broader, interdisciplinary
strategy for Ontario that will safeguard the environment, foster sustainable growth and make rural Ontario an attractive place for people and economic investment.
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