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Welcome to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's overall goal is the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources on a watershed basis while providing for the public enjoyment of the lands it oversees.

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) was formed in October 1946 under the Conservation Authorities Act and is one of the oldest conservation authorities in Ontario.

The watersheds of the GRCA covers an area of 361 square miles from Wilmot Creek in Clarington to east of Cobourg from the south shore of Rice Lake down to Lake Ontario. This area includes seven municipalities in whole or in part: Township of Cavan-Monaghan, Town of Cobourg, Township of Alnwick-Haldimand, Township of Hamilton, Municipality of Port Hope, City of Kawartha Lakes, Municipality of Clarington.

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Heading to the Ganaraska Forest? Please keep up to date on trail closures when planning your visit.

January 16, 2020: The Ganaraska Forest cross-country ski trails are closed due to icy conditions.

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Be Active, Be Healthy

September brings along warm, breezy days and cool, clear nights; perfect weather for getting outdoors, being active, and going to one of the many green spaces within our community. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority encourages you to visit one of 9 local conservation areas or the Ganaraska Forest, and to get out and get active…

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A Report on the Effects of Row Crops on Lake Ontario Watershed Health

Trent University’s Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program and School of the Environment completed a study, supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, to quantify changes in landuse/ landcover change within twelve Lake Ontario tributaries between 1971 and 2010, and to determine whether these changes co-occurred with changes in…

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Government of Canada invests in flood mitigation project in Ontario

Port Hope, Ontario Public Safety Canada Flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster. Communities are looking for solutions to mitigate the costs and damages caused by flooding to businesses and residences.   Today, Member of Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South, Kim Rudd, on behalf of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the…

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Province Moves to Constrain Conservation Authority Programs and Services

NEWMARKET (August 19, 2019) Conservation authorities and Conservation Ontario are stunned by a letter that the Province circulated recommending that conservation authorities start shutting down any programs not related to their ‘core mandate’ as described by the Province in the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act earlier this year. Conservation authorities (CAs) and their member municipalities…

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