All residents living within the Municipality of Trent Hills will now have access to conservation authority services following a special meeting held last night at the Lower Trent Conservation Administration Office.
The seven municipalities located within the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region voted in favour of amending its boundary to include a small portion of Trent Hills that previously was outside conservation authority jurisdiction.
The meeting was called by the Municipality of Trent Hills under the Conservation Authority Act.
“We’re pleased to have the entire municipality now serviced by a conservation authority as it will provide a more consistent approach to environmental protection for the entire municipality,” says Jim Peters, Director of Planning & Development, Municipality of Trent Hills.
The Municipality of Trent Hills is located within the jurisdiction of three conservation authorities: Otonabee, Crowe Valley, and Lower Trent Conservation Authorities. The three conservation authorities were formed at different times between 1958 and 1968 which left a small portion of the Municipality of Trent Hills and Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen outside conservation authority jurisdiction.
“Adding this part of Trent Hills to our area of jurisdiction will provide better protection for the north shore of the Trent River between Crowe Bay and the hamlet of Trent River,” explains Glenda Rodgers, Lower Trent Conservation CAO.
“People living in this area will also now have access to our conservation programs and services including landowner stewardship services, natural hazard (flooding & erosion) protection, and natural heritage information,” adds Rodgers.
The expanded jurisdiction includes approximately 20 km2 of the former Seymour Township (Municipality of Trent Hills) north of the Trent River and west of the watershed of the Crowe River within the Municipality of Trent Hills (see attached map).
Lower Trent Conservation is a watershed-based, non-profit, environmental protection organization. Its watershed jurisdiction covers 2,070 square kilometres including the Trent River and the watersheds of eight main tributaries, as well as areas that flow directly into Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte between Grafton and Quinte West. Formed in 1968, Lower Trent Conservation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario.