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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.
HELP PROTECT YOURSELF
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
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
Groundwater recharge / discharge
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, visitwww.mvc.on.ca/wetlands.
CA Act Review
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
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.
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
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.