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2015 Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority Annual Report
Transcript of 2015 Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority Annual Report
John Kavelaars (Chair) -
Municipality of Southwest Middlesex
Linda McKinlay (Vice-Chair) -
Town of Lakeshore
Gayle Bogart –
Township of Southwold
Stanley Caveney –
City of London
Ron Doane –
Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc
Leon Leclair –
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Hilda MacDonald –
Municipality of Leamington
Dan McKillop –
Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich
Steve Pinsonneault –
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Michelle Smibert –
Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Trevor Thompson –
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Jonathan Wolf –
Municipality of West Elgin
Our Directors & Member Municipalities
The LTVCA...for a balanced & healthy watershed.
Leading by example in environmental protection in partnership with the community.
Our Core Values
Respect, integrity, commitment, objectivity, & collaborative.
Focus of efforts on reduction of nutrients & soil in waterways reaching Lake Erie
Mitigating & adapting to impacts of climate change
Conservation Authorities are on the front lines of the Provincial Flood Forecasting & Warning program, & undertake floodplain mapping; modeling; monitor streamflow, rainfall & snowpacks; issue warnings; acquire floodplain lands & flood vulnerable structures; & operate dams, dykes, channels & erosion control structures.
The responsible care of our natural resources on a watershed basis is essential to balancing human & economic needs against the needs of our natural environment.
Conservation Authorities have a long history working with landowners in the planning & delivery of watershed stewardship initiatives. Staff provide opportunities for local projects, which protect & restore species & habitats, encourage a sense of ownership of environmental rehabilitation efforts, & protect our source water resources.
A part of all Programs!
Communications enhance awareness & understanding of the goals & programs of the LTVCA for our target audiences, enabling them to support & enjoy our facilities & services.
Directors & Committee members
Councillors / staff from member municipalities
Social media, literature, advertising, media releases, special events, watershed tours, festivals, displays
approved February 2015
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
100 Thames Street, Chatham, ON
Tel: 519-354-7310 Fax: 519-352-3435
New Strategic Plan
Highlights of the Year
TO ENJOY, LEARN & RESPECT
PROTECTING LIFE & PROPERTY
PROTECTING & RESTORING HABITAT
Land Use Planning & Regs
THAMES, SYDENHAM, & REGION SOURCE PROTECTION REGION
Highlights of the Year
11 Flood Advisories Issued for Thames - diversion channel operated twice
4 Advisories issued for Lake Erie shoreline
-drought? Low Water Level One
Binational Phosphorus Reduction Targets for Lake Erie
Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality & Ecosystem Health signed 2014
in 2015 a target of 40% reduction of phosphorus entering western and central basins from Canada & United States was set
Thames is priority watershed -LTVCA taking action
To maintain the vitality of our watersheds & protect peoples’ lives & property from flooding & erosion, Conservation Authorities administer the Conservation Authorities Act & its regulations.
Municipal Plan Input & Review
Elgin County Shoreline
Water Quality Monitoring at
9 groundwater wells &
11 stream locations
for water quality indicators
watershed report cards
196 applications under Section 28 Reg
282 municipal planning applications &
1,108 general inquiries
Chatham-Kent Greening Partnership
$1.2 million in grants generated
$2.90 per household
37 hectares reforested
11 hectares of tallgrass prairie planted
29 hectares of wetlands created
96,816 trees planted
2 bus tours showcased
projects, properties & partnerships
Improving soil health,
water quality &
Jeannettes Creek Agricultural Phosphorus Reduction & Mon itoring
McGregor Creek Subwatershed Education & Outreach
Elgin County Watersheds Education & Outreach
watercourses sampled for benthic macroinvertebrates
rated fairly poor or worse
Species At Risk (SAR)
accessed funding through grants like Eco Action & worked with local landowners to restore habitat & combat invasive species such as Phragmites especially in Rondeau Bay
improve water quality & habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species
DRINKING WATER SOURCE PROTECTION
The purpose of the provincial Clean Water Act (CWA) (2006) is to protect existing & future sources of drinking water. Protecting water at the source - municipal wells & water intakes - is the first barrier in a multi-barrier approach to providing a safe, clean supply of water.
Is complete & adopted by the Boards of all 4 Conservation Authorities
consistency for planning and regulatory purposes
landowners received funding for
wetland & riparian enhancement.
AREA OF JURISDICTION
watersheds of all streams draining into the Thames River from Delaware, to Lake St. Clair
southern boundary has watersheds of all streams draining into Lake Erie from Talbot Creek in the east, to Two Creeks in the west
Over 3,275 square kilometres
(1,264 square miles)
Home to over 120,000 people
September 17th, the Source Protection Plan for our region received final approval from the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change.
Program staff will offer workshops to assist municipalities in implementation of the Plan & will continue to have a role in progress reporting.
we did it!
Step into Nature
at one of Ontario’s
Conservation Areas are natural lands that are owned & managed by Conservation Authorities.
LTVCA has nearly
of protected wetlands, forests, tallgrass prairies, lakefront & habitat restoration sites at
25 conservation areas
across our watershed.
C.M. Wilson Conservation Area
Longwoods Road Conservation Area
NEW CA SIGNAGE!
major property restoration!
students participate in CA outdoor education programs across Ontario
meet curriculum expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education
teach children about local & global environmental issues, explore linkages between human activity & natural environment, instill a greater appreciation & understanding of nature
Longwoods, C.M. Wilson, Ska-Nah-Doht Village, Chatham-Kent & Lambton Children's Water Festival, inclass programs
Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum continues to be a community leader, to educate about the past, collect & preserve local history, & faithfully interpret the Haudenosaunee - People of the Longhouse.
Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum is an interactive museum that engages the public in the preservation & presentation of the past through experiences on-site & in the community.
$22,992 from the Ministry of Culture through the Community Museum Operating Grant
Heritage Build Project Donations
Ivey Business School - draft business plan
Summer Student Grants -YCW, CSJ
New Website & Logo
Social Media Connections
Watershed Bus Tours
Fairs & Expos
Thanks to our
100's of volunteers!
Please view our complete annual report on our website!
Community Expos & Fairs
School Field Trips 1,288
River & Creek Safety 210 gr. 2's
Chatham-Kent & Lambton Children's Water Festival
School Field Trips - 3,418
multi-agency partnership to improve the Thames
updating Water Management Plan for entire Thames watershed by Dec. 2016
steering, technical & communications committees
identifies how CK will work with its community to maintain & enhance its natural heritage
Our programs, values,
trends and challenges....
target stewardship projects in areas of need
cooperative program with 4 CAs
over 40 years old