MVCA Holds 50th Annual General Meeting

February 22, 2018 CARLETON PLACE— It was a changing of the guard at Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s (MVCA) 50th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Vice-Chair Duncan Abbott of Mississippi Mills was elected to replace outgoing Chair John Karau from the City of Ottawa, while Janet Mason from the City of Ottawa was elected to fill the position of Vice-Chair. Mr. Abbott was first appointed to the MVCA Board of Directors in 2011 and Ms. Mason in 2015.

The MVCA Board is comprised of 17 representatives from its 11 member municipalities. The Board’s role is to establish policies of the Authority, define programs and services to achieve its mandate, determine and monitor annual expenditures, direct management and advocate the work of MVCA in their community. MVCA’s area of jurisdiction covers 4,450 square kilometres.

The total 2018 Operating and Capital budget in the amount of $3,747,686 was also approved at the AGM. The local municipal share of the 2018 budget represents $4.43 per $100,000 of assessment within the watershed.

“The programs and services delivered by MVCA are designed to assist our municipal partners and other stakeholders in protecting people and property from natural hazards while protecting our water resources through a collaborative approach,” said MVCA General Manager Paul Lehman. “The 2018 budget focuses on planning for the future to effectively deliver integrated watershed management services on behalf of the municipalities and residents of the Mississippi Valley.”

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


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