Cataraqui Conservation COVID-19 Response
Cataraqui Conservation is committed to supporting municipalities, partners and our community during this time of changing health concerns realted to the COVID-19 virus. We support the messages from Public Health, the Province and member Municipalities and encourage residents to stay home and practice social distancing. The health and safety of our clients, staff, and community is of the utmost importance. Following the advice of Public Health we have made the following changes to our operations and programming:
- The Cataraqui Conservation Administration Office (1641 Perth Rd. Glenburnie) is closed to the public until June 1, 2020.
- The Outdoor Centre at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is closed to the public until June 1, 2020
- We continue to monitor the situation closely and may extend closure dates depending upon recommendations of Public Health and the Province.
- Meetings and events scheduled at our Administration Office or Outdoor Centre have been cancelled. For information on Board Meetings see below.
- Staff are working remotely and are available during regular business hours via email or phone (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday).
Conservation Areas and Trails
Cataraqui Conservation will begin to re-open public access to some of its conservation areas and the Cataraqui Trail for passive use starting April 25, 2020, with strict measures in place for all users to continue to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of cases of Coronavirus appear to be levelling off in the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington area, however that is not the case in all areas of our region. On recommendations from the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area in the City of Brockville will remain closed at this time. Staff and health officials will be monitoring local information closely and consider next steps and possible re-opening of these properties over the next few weeks.
the following measures are being put in place in order to facilitate a safe and appropriate “re-opening” of these areas. Additional signage and restrictions will be implemented over the coming week.
- All trail users MUST practice physical distancing of at least two (2) metres between yourself and other users, both on the trails and in parking areas;
- Parking lots in certain areas will be reduced to limit visitor volume, please park in designated areas and adhere to no-parking signage (particularly at entrances, access roads and along municipal roads);
- All visitors must refrain from gathering in groups of five or more at any one time;
- All conservation area amenities (touch points) remain closed, this includes washrooms/privies, picnic benches, boardwalks, pavilions, benches, and beaches; and
- Please be kind and act responsibly.
List of Conservation Areas open as of April 25, 2020:
- Cataraqui Trail (Strathcona to Smiths Falls)
- Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (City of Kingston)
- Lemoine Point Conservation Area (City of Kingston)
- Gould Lake Conservation Area – Beach is closed (Township of South Frontenac)
- Lyn Valley Conservation Area – Beach is closed (Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley)
- Mac Johnson Wildlife Area (Brockville)
- Marble Rock Conservation Area (Township of Leeds & the Thousand Islands)
- Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area (Loyalist Township)
- Marshlands Conservation Area – Boardwalk is closed (City of Kingston)
Closures Still in Place:
- Boardwalk is closed at Marshlands Conservation Area (City of Kingston)
- Beaches at Gould Lake and Lyn Valley Conservation Areas are closed by provincial order.
Boat Ramps and Water Access Points
All Cataraqui Conservation boat ramps and water access points are open. The beach at Gould Lake Conservation Area is closed.
Education Programs & Weekend Events
- Education programs at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Kingston) and Mac Johnson Wildlife Area (Brockville) has been suspended until further notice. If you have any questions about an already booked program please contact Education staff at email@example.com
- Weekend programs have been cancelled until further notice.
- Nature programs for home and early learners have been cancelled for the spring. If you have registered for these programs we will be in touch with further details.
- Nature Explorers Summer Camp registration is on hold.
- Forest Therapy Walks are suspended until further notice.
Planning and Permitting Services
- Planning and permitting services are still available and are being conducted over the phone and via email. Please see our “Planning & Permits” page for staff contact information.
- Permits and other hard copy documents can be dropped off at the Cataraqui Conservation Administration office in the mail slot at the front door.
- Payments for permits can be taken over the phone with a credit card. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange payment or leave a message at 613-546-4228 ext. 0.
- Onsite inspections will only be conducted without any other persons on site. Should anyone be onsite during visits, we ask that they remain inside their homes or vehicles and that they speak to staff by phone during the visit.
Flood Forecasting and Warning
- Flood Forecasting and Warning staff continue to monitor flows and conduct dam operations.
- Flood messaging and updates are posted to our “News” page and on social media.
- Please visit our “Flood Forecasting & Warning” page for levels and further information.
- Reminder: The federal government and International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board monitors Lake Ontario levels and provides forecasts for future conditions. Cataraqui Conservation’s role is to disseminate those flood messages to local municipalities, agencies and the public.
Cataraqui Conservation Board Meetings
- Board meetings will continue with dates, agendas and minutes available on our “Board Minutes & Agendas” page.
- Meetings will be held via e-poll or teleconference, no in person meetings are being held.
- Meetings are open to the public, except if the subject matter being considered is identified in the close meeting section. Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting by registering with Donna Campbell 24 hours prior to the meeting – email@example.com
- Have questions or comments about an agenda item or upcoming meeting? Please contact Donna Campbell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Annual Pass sales have been suspend until further notice due to COVID-19. If you are a current annual pass holder we thank you for your support and will be posting further information about the possibility of pass extensions or lower renewal prices at a later date.
COVID-19 Community Resources
Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health – https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/novel-coronavirus.aspx
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/
Government Of Canada – www.canada.ca/coronavirus
Ontario – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/