An EBR posting for the Conservation Authorities Act Discussion Paper is closing today.
Conservation authorities have played a significant role in Ontario’s natural resource management landscape for nearly 70 years, establishing a successful legacy of resource stewardship and an impressive record of protecting people, property, and communities from water-related natural hazards (e.g. flooding, drought, erosion).
In order to ensure that the Act is meeting the needs of Ontarians in a modern context, the MNRF is seeking to engage with ministries, municipalities, Aboriginal communities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and the public to initiate a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, including addressing roles, responsibilities, funding and governance of conservation authorities in resource management and environmental protection.
ORA is very supportive of the excellent work being done by the Conservation Authorities (CAs) across the province. The importance and scope of the work they perform has become ever more vital and significant since the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) have streamlined and moved to a more regional focus. The CAs operate in the local communities, and are the feet-on-the-ground that are necessary and vital to maintaining a safe and healthy watershed.
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