The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority is creating a new website and is inviting input from the community through an online survey.
“It’s an important tool for communication and connecting with the public. People are looking online for information, to do transactions, gather environmental research and engage with organizations like NBMCA. Simply posting information about our programs and services is easy, but we’d like to know from the community what online information and services they would find most helpful,” said Sue Buckle, Supervisor, Communications and Outreach.
A link to the online survey can be found on NBMCA’s existing website www.nbmca.ca or link directly to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NBMCAWebsite-PublicComment. The link will be open for comments until July 31.
As a community-based, non-profit, environmental organization, NBMCA’s role in watershed management is geared towards balancing human needs with the needs of the natural environment throughout the region’s watershed. Watershed management is a science-based decision making tool which balances environmental interference with the need for the community’s continued growth and development.
“We interact with property owners, outdoor lovers, environmentalists, businesses, environmental organizations, contractors, developers, schools, scientists, researchers, municipalities, provincial ministries – anyone who has an interest in the health of our watershed or undertakes an activity in, on or near water. Every perspective is important and we want to hear from everyone,” added Buckle.
NBMCA’s programs and services include 16 conservation areas and trails and programs which foster stewardship including the Restore Your Shore program. It issues permits for and conducts inspection of septic systems. NBMCA protects people and property from flooding and erosion through permitting for development and interference around wetlands, watercourses and steep slopes as well as through its flood forecasting and water level monitoring programs. NBMCA undertakes water quality testing, provides advice to municipalities on development, and leads the drinking water source protection program for five municipal drinking water systems in the region – Callander, Mattawa, North Bay, Powassan and South River. NBMCA leads the Mattawa River Canoe Race, the Chippewa Creek EcoPath & Adopt the Creek Program and participates in a variety of community environmental festivals and public education programs in partnership with others.
NBMCA’s area of jurisdiction equals over 2,800 square kilometers and is based on identified watersheds within the Lake Nipissing and the Ottawa River Basins. Highlights of NBMCA's jurisdictional area include Lake Nipissing, Trout Lake, Wasi Lake, the Mattawa River, the North Bay Escarpment and parts of Algonquin Park.