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Mississippi River Watershed Plan

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Mississippi River Watershed Facts:

  • Spans a drainage area of 3,750 km² through a diverse geography.
  • Extends from its headwaters north of Mazinaw Lake to its eastern confluence with the Ottawa River near Fitzroy Harbour.
  • 212 kilometres in length and fed by a complex network of tributaries connecting over 250 lakes and wetlands.
  • Covers a wide range of landscapes with the west part dominated by a rugged Canadian Shield landscape of forest, wetlands and numerous lakes. The eastern part is comprised of a mix of forest, woodlots, agricultural and rural lands, the growing Towns of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills, and the northwest part of Ottawa.
  • Provides a diversity of aquatic habitats and provide a variety of opportunities for recreational, cultural and commercial purposes, including hydro production.

Advisory Committee

The Watershed Advisory Committee provides a mechanism for the public to contribute to development of a watershed plan, follows the progress of the plan’s implementation and be aware of any issues or proposed changes to the plan. The Committee enhances the ability of MVCA and other partners to deliver on the management responsibilities outlined in the plan, but also provides a communications link with the public to foster and maintain credible relationships. The members of the Watershed Advisory Committee are broadly representative of the many and various interests and uses of the river throughout the watershed. The Watershed Advisory Committee reports to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Board of Directors. Final decisions on advice received from the Watershed Advisory Committee shall rest with the Board of Directors.

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