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A healthy natural environment where communities thrive.


To be a leader in the Otonabee Region watershed for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of a healthy, natural environment.

Otonabee Conservation is a locally-focused, community-based environmental agency. We protect, restore, and manage the natural resources within the Otonabee Region watershed. Together with our eight member municipalities, we create a healthy, environmentally-diverse watershed that:

  • Improves the quality of life for residents
  • Makes our area more appealing to visitors and new business
  • Helps to ensure a more vibrant regional economy

Otonabee Conservation was established in 1959 under the Conservation Authorities Act R.S.O.1990, Chapter C.27. We are governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from our local municipalities. We are supported by a professional staff of 17.

Otonabee Conservation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities throughout Ontario. Conservation Authorities across the province protect the environment on a watershed-basis. Land and water resources are connected and impact each other. Managing these resources on a watershed-basis is known to be the best way to protect the environment.

Conservation Ontario

Otonabee Conservation is a member of Conservation Ontario, the umbrella organization that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities.

Conservation Ontario supports this provincial network by raising awareness at community and provincial levels.

Conservation Ontario also works to build relationships and influence decision makers about the development and expansion of the Conservation Authority program.

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