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Serious flooding and severe erosion damage along Jackson Creek and the Otonabee River spurred a small group of concerned and forward-looking citizens into action in the mid-1950’s. They hoped that their message and actions would have a ripple effect across the watershed community. Each person recognized the significant potential of these watercourses, committed to protecting their natural features and functions.

These early conservation pioneers – among them the late Christine Nornabell, David Nelson McIntyre, Bill Davidson and Edward Horton – championed Ontario’s Conservation Authorities Program as a new integrated approach to natural resources management focused on natural watershed boundaries. When a number of local municipal councils agreed to become involved, this spirit of cooperation lead to the establishment of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority in 1959.

With no office, no staff until 1961, and a small budget of a few hundred dollars, these conservation minded individuals took on responsibility of solving flooding issues in the watershed; protecting and restoring our waters resources; preserving environmentally significant wetlands; woodlands and all the creatures within; educating the public both young and old about how to care for our natural resources; preserving historical sites and conservation lands; and, providing recreational opportunities for the well-being all watershed residents.

Today, the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority has a solid reputation built on 50+ years of success as a proven ecologically based conservation organization, specializing in watershed management. Over the past five decades, the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority’s founding Directors and all who have followed in their stead working in partnership with the community have built a conservation legacy to be proud of, one stream, one wetland, and one tree at a time.

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