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Friday, September 23, 2016

Drought, ticks, wetlands and CA Act Review-Newsletter

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority  
EARLY Fall 2016 Newsletter

Dry Dry Dry

The Mississippi Valley watershed saw next to no rain over the early summer months which led the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Low Water Response Team to upgrade the drought status for the watershed to Level III / Severe Drought status in early August. Although rainfall for the month of August was near normal, flows and levels in several sub watersheds of the Mississippi River, including the Fall River, Clyde River and Indian River as well as the Carp River watershed remain in a Level III/Severe Drought conditions based on flow criteria. Despite some significant rainfall in the watershed over the last month, flows and levels remained virtually unchanged are still well below normal.

Be Tick Aware

Ottawa Public Health has confirmed that blacklegged ticks have been found at Morris Island Conservation Area and have tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

  • Apply an approved mosquito repellent containing DEET to exposed skin and clothing
  • Wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, shoes and socks and tuck your pants into your socks
  • Wear light coloured clothing
  • Stay on the trail, avoid walking in long grass
  • Check yourself, children and pets for ticks. Pay special attention to the scalp, armpits, groin and behind the knees.

Wetlands-Why They All Need Protection

In today’s world scientists, environmentalists and climatologists have a better understanding and knowledge of the importance of wetlands and their contribution to the ecosystem and quality of life.

  • Improve water quality
  • Wetlands reduce flood damage  
  • Reduce erosion
  • Groundwater recharge / discharge
  • Habitat
  • Recreation and tourism
  • Sustainable wetland products
MVCA is working towards regulating and protecting wetlands in the watershed that meet various criteria. In 2006, Conservation Authority regulations were changed to include the regulation of development and interference within all wetlands within a CA’s jurisdiction. To date, MVCA has applied the regulations to provincially significant wetlands (PSW) only. This is potentially being extended to other wetlands that are not provincially significant. Within the eastern half of the Mississippi Valley watershed it is estimated that 65% of the original wetlands have been lost. (Ducks Unlimited Canada final report “Southern Ontario Wetland Conversion Analysis-2010”) According to a MNRF report, since 2000, eastern Ontario has lost 2% of its remaining wetland. It’s been demonstrated that wetlands continue to be lost and there has been no attempt to replace the function to date.
For the latest information, including interactive mapping, visit www.mvc.on.ca/wetlands

CA Act Review

Our responsibility under the provincial Conservation Authorities Act is to conserve, restore and manage our watersheds for today and tomorrow.

MVCA is the local watershed management agency for the Mississippi and Carp Rivers in Eastern Ontario. Good water quality and quantity is essential for healthy people, animals and ecosystems.
Working under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario, MVCA follows an integrated watershed management approach to balance human, environmental and economic needs.

MVCA helps protect people and property from the dangers of flooding and natural hazards; keep drinking water sources clean; and foster the protection of wildlife habitats and significant natural features such as wetlands and forests.

What’s happened so far…
In 2015, the Province of Ontario initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, which addresses the roles, responsibilities and governance of Conservation Authorities in resource management and environmental protection.
In 2016, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry released their suggested priorities for renewal of the CA Act: Conserving Our Future. Proposed Priorities for Renewal. This paper is based on earlier feedback received from 2015 Stakeholder Engagement sessions.

On behalf of all Conservation Authorities, Conservation Ontario has developed and posted a collective submission. You can download and read about it in SUMMARY | FULL COMMENTS.

Read MVCA’s submission here

Show your support!
Visit Conservation Ontario’s webpage: Conservation Authorities Act Review is Underway. You can also connect with us on social media! Show your support on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ConservationMatters.

Summer at our CA's

From orchids at Purdon to day camp at the Mill of Kintail to exploring at Morris Island, our conservation areas were jam packed this summer, offering something for everyone.
The Mill of Kintail has seen more than 6,000 visitors to date this year since opening for the season in May, and 120 kids took part in the popular Wildlife Watchers Day Camp. Our conservation areas remain open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year .

Back to Class
Many departments at MVCA from administration, visitor services and education, to monitoring, maintenance and water management, were bolstered with the arrival of 13 students earlier this summer. MVCA has a proud history of hiring students who offer their hard work while learning valuable skills in their aspiring fields of study.
We wish them the best of luck in their educational pursuits. 

Above: Monitoring students, along with some MVCA staff and volunteers from Senstar Corporation planted approximately 550 plants at one Carp River site near Oak Creek Drive to help stabilize the shore, provide wildlife habitat and cool the stream. 

Annual Lake Links Workshop

Every waterfront matters. Learn about the trends in ownership of shoreline properties and what they mean to you. Sign up now for the 2016 Lake Links Workshop on October 22, 2016.

Open House for Huntley Creek Floodplain Mapping