About Us

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA/Otonabee Conservation) is a community-based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources within the Otonabee Region watershed. Otonabee Conservation works with its eight member municipalities to create a healthy, environmentally diverse watershed that improves the quality of life for residents, makes our area more appealing to visitors and new business, and helps to ensure a more vibrant regional economy.

Otonabee Conservation was established in 1959 in accordance with the Conservation Authorities Act R.S.O.1990, Chapter C.27. The Authority is governed by a Board of Directors, representative of the local municipalities and is supported by a professional staff of 17. Otonabee Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities serving watershed areas throughout Ontario and is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Vision Statement

A HEALTHY natural environment where communities THRIVE.

Mission Statement

To be a LEADER in the Otonabee Region watershed for the CONSERVATION, PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT of a healthy, natural environment.

Our Mandate

Our dependence on nature is at the core of our work. Our health and economy depend on it and nature makes people feel good. There is little doubt that a healthy environment is essential to our health and well-being and the growth and development of vibrant communities. The objectives of Conservation Authorities remain as relevant now as they were when they were originally established:

  • safeguarding Ontario’s rivers, lakes and streams;
  • protecting, managing and restoring Ontario’s woodlands, wetlands and natural habitats;
  • developing and maintaining programs that will protect life and property  from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion;
  • providing opportunities for the public to enjoy, learn from and respect the natural environment.

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority initiated a strategic planning exercise that resulted in the creation of this strategic plan which will guide our efforts over the next four years in addressing challenges and realizing the opportunities ahead.

Strategic planning provides a mechanism for an organization to reflect on where it has come from, what it is facing, where it wishes to go and how it will get there. The strategic planning process promotes proactive thinking, aligns actions with goals, supports a common sense of purpose, and builds team commitment.

This Strategic Plan establishes our values, vision and mission statement. It clarifies our goals and priorities and it provides a framework for measuring progress, results and success.

Otonabee Conservation appreciates the input and comments received from members of the watershed community.

We are pleased to share this Strategic Plan 2017-2020 with you.


Budget 2017

The Board of Directors of Otonabee Conservation has approved an Operating and Capital Budget for 2017 of $3,597,720.

The budget includes: municipal levies of $1,445,476; Authority-generated revenue (fees and sales) of $756,484; government grants of $864,560; and, other income of $531,200.

Among the capital projects planned for 2017 is the reconstruction of the Millbrook Dam and updated floodplain mapping for Curtis Creek and Meade Creek (tributaries to the Otonabee River) as well as public safety measures at the Warsaw Dam.

The local contribution, as represented by the municipal levies, is apportioned among the eight member municipalities. In 2017, the general levy will increase by 2.25 %. In terms of a per capita increase, the levy will rise by .45 cents to $11.27 per resident of the watershed community.

The 2017 Budget is available for viewing.

Conservation Ontario

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority is a member of Conservation Ontario, the umbrella organization that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities.  Conservation Ontario supports the network of Conservation Authorities by raising awareness of the network at the community and provincial levels.  Conservation Ontario also works to build relationships and influence decision makers as it relates to the development and expansion of the Conservation Authority program.

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