Working to Protect Ontario’s Headwaters, Natural Heritage, and Watersheds
Credit Headwaters Alliance
PURPOSE AND OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
The Credit Headwaters Alliance will seek to deliver the Mission and Core Activities of the alliance in the Credit watershed, led by a steering committee to be recruited and facilitated by the Ontario Headwaters Institute.
The steering committee, as described below, will direct local activities and co-represent the Alliance, with the OHI, in meetings with other headwater alliances, similar groups, or other organizations.
ROLE OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE
After identifying priority issues and their prospective outcomes in the Credit’s headwater areas, the steering committee shall develop a draft community vision, by itself or in conjunction with others.
When ready, the draft will be made available for broad comment, from the public, government agencies, and the private sector, toward the goal of a final community vision to be approved by the steering committee.
The steering committee shall also make decisions on the items described below, and other items as needed.
Members and Associates: Membership in the Credit Headwaters Alliance shall be open to any environmental, conservation, or other organization that requests membership and agrees to the Mission of the Headwater Alliances Project. Membership can be granted, denied, or revoked upon the consensus of the steering committee. No reasons for membership being granted, denied, or revoked need be provided. Regardless, nothing shall require individual members to adhere to nor support any position or initiative taken by the local steering committee or alliance(s) as a whole. While the Alliance shall normally operate on consensus, each member organization shall be entitled to one vote on each issue put to a vote.
Individuals supporting the Alliance cannot be members but are welcome to join as associates, in which case they will be placed on a digital communications list. Individuals will receive all notices sent to the full Alliance, may be invited to meetings, and may be welcome to participate in meetings as decided upon by the Steering Committee.
Organizations and individuals are welcome to apply for membership in or to be an associate of the Credit Headwaters Alliance by sending an e-mail to andrew at ontarioheadwaters dot ca.
Meetings: The steering committee and the full Alliance may meet as many times as needed, in person and/or via digital media, as decided by the steering committee, to address the health of the Credit’s headwaters, discuss Alliance business, present speakers, and/or conduct an activity. Notification of meetings shall be via e-mail. While every effort should be made to ensure the notice has been received, the onus for an accurate e-mail address rests with the members and associates and not the OHI.
Committees: The steering committee and/or the Alliance may establish any committees or short-term task forces to address specific goals or actions as may be desirable. The steering committee will also decide which of the members of the Alliance might participate in meetings with members of other Headwater Alliances or similar groups.
MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE AS OF JANUARY 2021
Belfountain Community Organization
Food and Water First
Gravel Watch Ontario
Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources
Sierra Club – Peel
West Credit River Watch
Whole Village EcoVillage
Priority Issues and A Hot Spot Map
The first task of the Steering Committee shall be to identify priority issues. The OHI hopes to develop a Credit Hot Spot Map to post the location or otherwise identify key pressures on the headwaters of the Credit.
Toward a Community Vision
Please check back later for updates on the draft community vision. To be kept informed of and participate in the Community Vision as it evolves, please send your e-mail address to andrew at ontarioheadwaters dot ca.