Our budget is over 9 million dollars a year. Municipal levy makes up about half. Other funding sources include grants, user fees, donations and fundraising.
Our staff of 65 includes professional engineers, professional planners, forestry specialists, biologists, field technicians, interpreters and other environmental specialists. See our staff list here.
RVCA provides services to reduce the threat of loss of life and property damage through flood forecasting and warning. For more info, click here.
Low Water Response
We coordinate the local Low Water Response Team that provides information, leadership and preparedness in the event of a drought.
RVCA professionals review and provide input for changes to municipal planning documents. We offer technical advice regarding environmental issues for legal and development inquiries. This includes the review of stormwater management plans for local municipalities. Learn more about planning.
The RVCA regulates construction in environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, shorelines and waterways. Read more about regulations.
Part 8 Septic System Approvals
The Ottawa Septic System Office (partnership between the City of Ottawa, Mississippi Valley Conservation, RVCA and South Nation Conservation) approves septic system construction in the City of Ottawa.
Septic Re-Inspection Program
We offer a septic re-inspection program to interested municipalities. There are currently five municipalities participating in the Mississippi and Rideau Watersheds.
Fish Habitat Protection
The RVCA, on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, reviews proposed works in or near lakes, wetlands and watercourses and provides advice on their impacts to fish habitat.
We publish environmental reports on subwatershed health for municipal and public use.
Water Quality Monitoring
RVCA staff sample rivers and streams to better understand watershed health. We also participate in the Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network and the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network.
The RVCA participates in the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network, collecting water quality and quantity data from 15 local wells.
Source Water Protection
The RVCA supports the work of theMississippi Rideau Source Protection committee. You can learn more by visiting www.mrsourcewater.ca.
Tree Planting Programs RVCA provides technical advice, planting assistance and financial support to landowners interested in planting trees. Visit our tree planting page.
The RVCA maintains and protects over 2,300 hectares of sensitive natural environments
including nine developed conservation areas. See map.
Stewardship Assistance Programs
RVCA works with landowners and other partners to encourage positive land stewardship activities. This includes free technical assistance and grant dollars through Clean Water Programs and through the Shoreline Naturalization Program.
The RVCA’s LandOwner Resource Centre provides technical information services to the general public and member municipalities. Environmental Education We offer exceptional outdoor education programming at Baxter and Foley Mountain Conservation Areas. Over 10,000 children visit each year. Visit our outdoor education pages.