Press Release -The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) received $138,777
from Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund. This funding will
be used to improve water quality in rivers and lakes, restore habitat,
plant trees and reduce farm runoff.
"I am very excited for this opportunity," said Shannon Stephens, NVCA's
Healthy Waters Program Coordinator. "It helps address current issues in
our watershed, such as bacteria and phosphorus levels in our rivers and
lakes, and building resilient habitat to benefit both plants and
These projects will take place on public and private lands throughout
the entire Nottawasaga Valley Watershed over the next three years.
Approximately 43.5 hectares of forests will be planted along 3.2
kilometres of streams. This will improve water quality in the surface
and ground levels, reduce flooding and create fish habitat.
With this funding, wetlands will also be created to enhance
biodiversity hotspots and reduce flooding. Collingwood Coastal Wetlands
and the Minesing Wetlands will also be more protected from invasive
For farmers, there will be opportunity for projects like cover crops,
farmland stream buffers and windbreaks to divert 120 kilograms of
phosphorus, and 20 tonnes of soil per year from the streams in the
Nottawasaga Valley Watershed.
“We’ve worked with some exceptional farmers and landowners in the
past,” said Ms. Stephens. "They are the stewards of the land. I look
forward to working with even more people in this community to improve
the environment in our watershed."
Farmers, landowners and volunteers who are looking to do conservation
projects can contact Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext. 239 or email