Page Content In TownOur watershed is a vibrant and diverse habitat and a precious source of water. It's also a centre for tourism and recreation - generating over $200 million annually for the local economy! If you live in a town, city, or built-up area in the Lake Simcoe watershed, you can help protect our lake by allowing rainwater soak into the ground naturally and planting beautiful native plants.We have resources available to help you:Reduce your risk of flooding by helping stormwater soak into the ground naturallyPlant vibrant trees, shrubs and colourful flowering plants to attract wildlifePrevent polluted runoff from reaching creeks, rivers and streamsWhat Can You Do?Build a Rain GardenThe lush greenery and vibrant native plants in this beautiful garden feature can reduce your risk of flooding and enhance your home’s curb appeal. Rain gardens also help stormwater soak into the ground naturally, preventing polluted run-off from reaching creeks and streams. Redirect Your DownspoutDo you know where the rain goes? Rain runs off hard surfaces like your rooftop or driveway and flows into the stormwater drain, into creeks and streams, and eventually into Lake Simcoe. This picks up pollutants and causes high levels of damaging stormwater to reach the creek during storm events, often causing flooding along the way.How can you get started?The process is simple. If you live in an area like Barrie or Newmarket, contact us to book a free, no obligation site visit to review your project and begin the application process. Want to do more to help Lake Simcoe?Support the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation! Their mission is to raise money to support a cleaner and healthier Lake Simcoe watershed by funding environmental projects through LSRCA. Find out more about the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation here.