Conservation authorities, including the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, rely on a watershed approach to manage natural resources for their communities. Our jurisdiction has 11 watersheds including the large Cataraqui and Gananoque River systems as well as smaller systems such as Wilton and Buells Creek.
Our jurisdiction encompasses all or part of 11 municipalities that appoint members to our board of directors. These municipalities include:
- Township of Athens
- City of Brockville
- Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley
- Township of Front of Yonge
- Town of Gananoque
- Town of Greater Napanee
- City of Kingston
- Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
- Loyalist Township
- Township of Rideau Lakes
- Township of South Frontenac.
Our responsibility under the provincial Conservation Authorities Act is to protect, restore and manage our watersheds for today and tomorrow.
Our staff include planners, engineers, foresters, biologists as well as communications and education specialists. We also have administration staff who take care of the business end of our operation and operations staff who maintain our properties and facilities.
We also work closely with a number of partner organizations and volunteers throughout our communities.
Most of the CRCA’s funding comes from a levy on our 11 member municipalities. Some funding still comes from the province, through the Ministry of Natural Resources. With reductions in provincial funding and municipalities trying to minimize property tax increases, the CRCA is always looking for other sources of revenue.
Entry fees, user fees and fundraising through the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation have been, and will continue to be used as sources of revenue. We also work with partners like other government agencies, non-government organizations and community groups to get projects done. Through sharing of funds and other resources, we are able to accomplish more with our partners that we could each accomplish on our own.