Credit E. Hartlen
The Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Our area of responsibility – the Long Point Region watershed – covers 2,782 square kilometres and is home to approximately 102,000 people.
Since 1948, the LPRCA and its predecessors, Big Creek Region (1948-1970) and Otter Creek (1954-1970) Conservation Authorities have been empowered through provincial legislation to manage the watershed’s natural resources in partnership with our member municipalities and the Province of Ontario.
We take our priorities from the needs of watershed residents and the local environment with services ranging from flood warning and erosion control; to tree planting, land use planning and forest management, as well as, operating a number of conservation areas to provide outdoor education and recreation opportunities. Our success is based on local initiative, resource management partnerships and a commitment to halancing the social, economic and environmental needs of the communities we serve.
We are a community-based environmental agency that works in partnership with provincial and federal governments, our member municipalities and the community to protect, restore and manage the natural resources and features in the Long Point Region watershed. Our watershed encompasses the Municipality of Bayham and the Town of Tillsonburg, most of Norfolk County and portions of Haldimand County, the County of Brant and the Townships of Malahide, Norwich and South West Oxford.
What is a Watershed?
Like all of Ontario’s Conservation Authorities, LPRCA is uniquely organized on a watershed basis. A watershed is an area of land that drains to a common point, in most cases, a stream, a river or a lake. Conservation Authorities use these watershed boundaries to help protect Ontario’s environment and resources. Watersheds are not based on municipal boundaries but rather on the elevation or the natural contours of the land.
In a watershed, everyone is someone’s downstream neighbour and everything is connected to everything else. No matter where you live, work or play, you are part of a watershed. In other words, we are all part of a watershed; actions which take place at the top of the system can and do affect those downstream. The things we do around our homes and in our neighbourhoods can affect the watershed in which we.