Watershed Management

Conservation Sudbury is in the business of managing the watersheds that connect the communities of Greater Sudbury.

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Working to protect people, homes, businesses and critical infrastructure from the threats of flooding and erosion is the most important activity undertaken by conservation authorities. Actions taken can impact the health of an entire watershed and therefore development proposals are carefully reviewed. Criteria are set to ensure that people, property, and natural features are properly protected from the potentially life-threatening impacts of natural hazards.

Infrastructure, such as flood-control dams, was often needed to help address these threats because of past development practices. This infrastructure is typically owned by the Authority and must be invested in on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to serve our community. A State of the Infrastructure review was commissioned in 2018 and forms the foundation for future asset management decisions.