Ganaraska Conservation News

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is continuing to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed. See homepage for complete list of updates.

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Prepares for Gypsy Moth in 2021

March 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Prepares for Gypsy Moth in 2021

In 2020, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) staff discovered that the East Forest of the Ganaraska Forest was almost completely defoliated by Gypsy Moth. This area of the Forest is known for its oak stands, including its ability for growing White Oak; a species which occurs less commonly throughout the other sections of the Forest.…

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Virtually Celebrates 74 Years in Service at Annual General Meeting

February 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Virtually Celebrates 74 Years in Service at Annual General Meeting

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 74th Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 18th. Jeff Lees with the Municipality of Port Hope was re-elected as Chair of your local Conservation Authority; while Mark Lovshin with Hamilton Township will remain the Vice Chair. The election was officiated by Mr. Glenn Tozer of…

Updated Lake Ontario Shoreline Management Plan Completed

February 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Updated Lake Ontario Shoreline Management Plan Completed

In 1990, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, completed a Shoreline Management Plan for the Lake Ontario shoreline to guide shoreline management within their respective jurisdictions. Shorelines are forever changing, and the 1990 Plan required updating to reflect these changes. So, in 2018, Zuzek Inc. was…

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Nature Nuts School Re-Opens Under New Covid-19 Protocols

January 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Nature Nuts School Re-Opens Under New Covid-19 Protocols

Are you feeling stressed about your child returning to school? Concerned about how they’ll cope in a large class setting under the new government guidelines? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to continue offering a program which will reduce stresses for both you and your child, while providing technical and educational expertise to…

Consider Tree Planting this Spring with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

January 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Consider Tree Planting this Spring with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) continues to offer trees and shrubs for sale, or for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through various partnership with member municipalities and organizations, there are the multiple ways that you can participate. Are you interested in planting trees along your property line next to municipal roads? Is your property…

GRCA Issues Winter Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near All Waterways

December 23, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Issues Winter Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near All Waterways

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority reminds residents of dangers that can exist around waterways during winter runoff conditions and that individuals should exercise caution and keep family and pets at a safe distance from the water’s edge. Currently, water levels are normal for this time of year, however frozen ground conditions will cause any snowmelt and/or…

Province Misses Chance to Respond to Ontarians’ Concerns About the Environment

December 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Province Misses Chance to Respond to Ontarians’ Concerns About the Environment

NEWMARKET  December 8, 2020 – The Province just missed a chance to show they are listening to Ontarians who care about their environment. Ontario’s Budget Measures Act (Bill 229) was passed today with Schedule 6 intact, and in fact, bolstered with the addition of Minister Zoning Orders’ which could force a conservation authority to issue…

Changes Fall Short of Addressing Conservation Authorities’ Concerns

December 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Changes Fall Short of Addressing Conservation Authorities’ Concerns

NEWMARKET December 5, 2020 – New changes made to the Schedule 6 amendments proposed for conservation authorities (CAs) fall well short of addressing their concerns and even introduce new additions which create more delays and costs, as well as allow the Minister to disregard CA science-based decision-making for development. “We have to continue to ask…

GRCA Highlights Work and Accomplishments in Vision 2020 – A Review that Illuminates the Future

December 1, 2020 | Comments Off on GRCA Highlights Work and Accomplishments in Vision 2020 – A Review that Illuminates the Future

In 2015, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) published its Strategic Plan – Vision 2020. The Plan documents its strategic organizational commitments and builds on its legacy of conservation and watershed managers, while charting a path forward over five years (2015-2020) and beyond. The Strategic Plan was created over two years and involved a comprehensive consultation…

Proposed Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act Will Affect You and Your Environment

November 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Proposed Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act Will Affect You and Your Environment

The environment needs your help. And the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is asking for your support.  On November 5th 2020, the Ontario government tabled Bill 229 Protect, Support, and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), which includes Schedule 6 that proposes major changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that we all, including you, need to be concerned about. The GRCA…