Road salt practices that will protect your wallet and the environment!

You can help to reduce the impact of salt on drinking water sources and save money, too! Did you know that excess road salt can impact drinking water sources? Be proactive and include environmental best practices into your winter maintenance plan for home or work. This can help reduce the amount of salt entering our… Read More >

Giving Tuesday | December 1, 2020

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday Join the movement to give back! Did you know that we maintain and operate over 80km of trails in the Otonabee Region Watershed? Trails and green spaces provide many watershed residents with mental and physical health benefits. Help us to keep these areas maintained as safe… Read More >

Letter to Province strongly urging the government to remove Schedule 6 from Bill 229

Update Dec. 2, 2020 Otonabee Conservation Board of Director’s Chair, Andy Mitchell’s interview with CHEX Global on December 2, 2020 The following letter was sent to the Premier, listed Ministers, and carbon copied MPPs and our Member Municipalities on November 24, 2020. This message was also submitted to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Standing Committee… Read More >

Repairs to Jackson Creek Trail

If you visit the Jackson Creek Trail, you may notice washouts along the trail and near some of the bridges. We have fenced some of these areas to keep visitors safe while accessing the trail. Most of the washouts and erosion along Jackson Creek Trail have been caused by the creation of side paths. Over… Read More >

Province Tying Conservation Authorities Up in Red Tape |Repeal Schedule 6

NEWMARKET (November 18, 2020) – Conservation Ontario (CO) recommends the Province repeal (remove) Schedule 6 which amends the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act because the changes being proposed will create more red tape and higher costs for Ontario taxpayers as well as threaten the independent watershed-based approach used by conservation authorities (CAs) in… Read More >

Low water status returns to normal | November 12, 2020

Peterborough, Ontario (November 12, 2020) After experiencing five months of drought conditions, the Otonabee Region watershed water status returns to normal. This October, the precipitation receipts were largely between 69% and 81% of normal, however evaporation and transpiration rates in October were significantly less than the water supply, which resulted in improved soil moisture, surface… Read More >

1,500 trees planted to help rehabilitate Selwyn Township gravel pit

On November 6, 2020, Otonabee Conservation planted 1,500 trees at a gravel pit in Selwyn Township, to help rehabilitate the site and return it to its natural state. Staff from Otonabee Conservation and Selwyn Township along with local Youth Leadership in Sustainability students planted white pine, white spruce, eastern white cedar, tamarack and red oak…. Read More >

Changes to Conservation Authorities Act Trigger Red Flags for Conservation Ontario

NEWMARKET | November 6, 2020  Conservation Ontario and the conservation authorities (CAs) are reviewing the Province’s changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CA Act) which were released in the 2020 Ontario Budget yesterday. “There are a number of changes that we feel could have significant impact on conservation authorities, and on their watershed management responsibilities,”… Read More >