With changes coming to the Conservation Authorities Act, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is reviewing the first phase of changes in the Regulatory Proposal Consultation Guide.
Part of the guide details the mandatory and non-mandatory programs and services conservation authorities will implement along with the timelines to establish service agreements with municipalities.
Under the proposed regulations guide, the NVCA will be able to continue integrated watershed management work such as protecting and enhancing water quality and quantity, identifying flood and erosion risks, and managing storm water systems.
The process helps the NVCA to manage human activities and natural resources on a watershed while taking into account social, economic, and environmental issues, as well as the impact of growth and climate change.
“I am extremely proud of the collaborative work that the Conservation Authority Working Group (CAWG) was able to do to assist the development of the regulation guide,” said Doug Hevenor, CAO of the NVCA. “On behalf of NVCA, I would like to thank the province for including a wide range of stakeholders in the development of the guide.”
The Conservation Authority Working Group was established by the Province of Ontario in January 2021 and includes representatives from conservation authorities, Conservation Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and development and agricultural groups.
The first task of CAWG included looking at the first phase of proposed regulations that impact conservation authorities and their participating municipalities.
“I'm so please the province has recognized a watershed-wide approach to management as the best way to approach conservation issues,” said Mariane McLeod, NVCA chair. “I'm grateful that our staff will have sufficient time to work with our 18 member municipalities to develop Memoranda of Understanding for the services out conservation authority provide.”
Later this year, the province will consult on the second phase of the proposed regulations which will include details on municipal levies related to mandatory and non-mandatory programs and service standards.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times