Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) protects and regulates important environmentally sensitive areas such as floodplains, wetlands, shorelines and waterways. MVCA operates under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario Regulation 153/06, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority: Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses. The main objectives of this regulation are to ensure public safety, to protect property with respect to natural hazards and to safeguard watershed health by preventing pollution and destruction of sensitive environmental areas. This regulation establishes regulated areas within the MVCA watershed, including areas where flooding or erosion could occur or where interference with wetlands and alterations to shorelines and watercourses might have an adverse effect on those environmental features.
HOW DO I CONFIRM IF MY PROPERTY IS REGULATED?
If you live close to a lake, stream, river, valley, wetland or watercourse of any kind, contact MVCA before you start work.
WHAT ACTIVITIES REQUIRE A PERMIT?
> new construction, reconstruction, and additions or alteration to existing buildings or structures;
> site grading including placing, dumping or removal of fill or other material;
> the straightening, changing or diverting or interfering with an existing channel of a river, creek, stream, watercourse, or shoreline; or
> changing or interfering with a Provincially Significant Wetland.
WHO ELSE SHOULD YOU CALL?
> the building department of your local municipality;
> your local office of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry if you are proposing to do work in the water or close to the shore.
Be aware that approval from the Conservation Authority does not replace building permits or any other permits issued through municipal offices or other levels of government.