Sault Ste Marie Region Conservation Authority

Welcome to the SSMRCA

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary

Revised Proposed Source Protection Plan

July 18 - August 18, 2014
The Revised Proposed Source Protection Plan for the Sault Ste. Marie Region Source Protection Area is available for public consultation and comment.
 

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A Reminder To All Dog Owners

By keeping your dog on a leash and making sure to always "scoop the poop" you can help keep conservation areas "dog friendly". (Sault Ste. Marie By-Law NO. 98-211 and NO. 87-125)

Thank you for keeping our conservation areas safe and clean.

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Ready... Set... Hike!

Conservation Ontario and Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities challenge you to spend time hiking in Ontario's more than 270 Conservation Areas and track your progress for a chance to win great prizes!
 

Healthy Hikes will teach you about the ways our environment boosts your health and how you can energize your body and mind by Stepping into Nature.

Register at Take The Challenge! 

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Ministry Has Flood Advisory Role

March 24, 2014 - David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

The Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for flood forecasting and warning at the provincial level in Ontario. We work closely with the province's 36 Conservation Authorities and Environment Canada to forecast when and where flooding is likely to occur.

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Floods Happen Are You Ready?

Record setting rainfalls within the province and across the country has increased awareness of flood potential.

The best way to prepare for a flood is to prepare a household emergency plan and 72-hour emergency kit ahead of time. This plan should detail the actions you and your family should take before, during and after a flood emergency is declared. For more information visit the Government of Canada webpage Get Prepared.

Did You Know...

Conservation Authorities issue flood messages in local Conservation Authority watersheds in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The MNR is responsible for areas outside the jurisdiction of Conservation Authorities.

For more information on Conservation Authorities and Flood Management please visit Conservation Ontario or to view local conditions visit the Current Status of our Flood Control and Management section.

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Changes To The Federal Fisheries Act

In the past the SSMRCA worked as a one window stop for residents of the area to access approval, permits and authorizations from several provincial and federal agencies.

Recent changes in the Federal Fishieries Act which came into effect on November 25, 2013 have change the way some projects (in or near the water) are now reviewed.

Applicants can learn more about the new process at the Government of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Projects Near Water. Information on the Fisheries Canada webpage will allow proponents to self-assess their project and if required to submit an applicantion. For more information contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada directly by phone at 1-855-852-8320 or by email at fisheriesprotection@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

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MNR Work Permits

Effectivel January 1, 2014 it is the propoenent or applicants responsibility to register activities that may require a work permit. More information is available on the Ministry of Natural Resources website under Work Permits or you can contact them at 1-855-613-4256 or mnr.rasc@ontario.ca.

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Fee Schedule

Effective February 1, 2014 the SSMRCA has revised the fee schedule for Ontario Regulation 176/06 - "Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses" permit applications and services.

View Fee Schedule

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Conservation Authorities

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is a corporate body and one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario which create a network of independent corporate organizations involved in resource management.

Conservation Authorities (CAs) are known globally for their stewardship of riviers, lakes and streams throught the development and delivery of comprehensive programs that work with nature to protect, restore and effectively manage Ontario's water resources. Based on Ontario's system of watersheds, their initial jurisdictions were in water resource management, which later became intergrated with wise land use.

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The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is a registered Canadian charity. Please consider sponsoring a local environmental intiative by making a donation.
 
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