Our current and past activities include contributing to the protection and preservation of fish and wildlife habitat, monitoring water quality and quantity, developing shoreline vegetation, helping to develop sustainable agricultural practices, dealing with issues of increasing urbanization, engaging in reforestation, and much more. Our partnerships allow us to provide assistance to landowners, and our community-driven projects ensure the Lake Simcoe watershed remains protected and is prepared for long-term ecological well being.
One of our key roles as a conservation authority is to maintain an effective flood warning system. By carefully monitoring water levels around the clock, we ensure that a flood forecasting and warning service is always ready to help municipal officials and the general public take appropriate action in a flood emergency.
Tree cover is extremely important to the health of the Lake Simcoe watershed. The LSRCA manages large tracts of forest in an effort to to improve local surface and ground water quality, reduce soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat. In addition, funding is available to assist private landowners in developing forest cover on their properties.
Landowner Environmental Assistance Program (LEAP)
Our LEAP program provides landowners with funding and technical assistance for environmental projects on their land.
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Mapping with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information - it is a tool that helps us develop highly accurate maps of our watershed. These maps have numerous applications in the management of the Lake Simcoe watershed.
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Planning and Permits
Regulations and information for landowners wishing to undertake alterations to their property.
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RainScaping is changing the way water is managed in urban areas for a greater environmental benefit. The program has two distinct focuses that take a similar path to seek a common objective – to better manage urban stormwater using sustainable Low Impact Development (LID) practices.
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Source Water Protection
The Ontario government passed the Clean Water Act in 2006 to protect sources of municipal drinking water supplies throughout Ontario. Under the Act, 19 source protection regions were designated in Ontario. Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and Severn Sound Environmental Association are the partners that make up the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region, one of those 19 regions.
To learn more about source water protection, go to the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region website.
We are continually involved in various kinds of monitoring activities: water quality testing, animal population surveys, groundwater and stream flow monitoring, and lake and river level monitoring.
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