Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority

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and conservation since 1958.


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Current News and Events

Lynde Shores Conservation Area has expanded and additional parking lot now open

A construction project is near completion at Lynde Shores Conservation Area and provides:

  • A large constructed wetland to create additional habitat for wetland plants and wildlife
  • A new trail loop to provide a new visitor experience
  • A new Conservation Area entrance, parking lot and comfort station (comfort station currently closed due to COVID restrictions)
​This new area and parking lot can be accessed off Hall's Road (south off Victoria Street, just west of the current Lynde Shores Conservation Area entrance). The work is a project of the Region of Durham and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA). For more information, please contact CLOCA: Perry Sisson, Director of Engineering and Field Operations psisson@cloca.com; 905-579-0411, ext. 118

Conservation Areas are open and parking fees are in effect

Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures our Pay-and-Display parking metres no longer accept cash (coins). The flat rate fee of $6/vehicle/day can be paid by Visa and MasterCard only. Frequent users of our Conservation Areas, you may want to consider purchasing an annual Parking Pass. This pass grants you access and parking to any of our eight Conservation Areas for one year from the date of purchase. See you on the trails!

Notice of Study Commencement - Rowe Channel Upgrade Study Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

The Town of Whitby, in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study to assess possible improvement alternatives for upgrading Rowe Channel, located between the Whitby GO Station and the Front Street Culvert outfall into Lake Ontario. The existing channel requires work to address the failing gabion baskets that line the channel. The study will assess the potential for reducing flooding risk to properties along the channel, minimize maintenance costs, identify opportunities to make improvements to the channel aesthetics, and reduce the presence of invasive species. The study will develop and evaluate a range of design alternatives and recommend a preferred solution for the upgrade. For more details and contact information, please click here.

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Shoreline Risk Study

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) recently completed the Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazard Management Plan (Zuzek,2020) which provided updated flood and erosion hazard mapping for CLOCA’s 30-kilometre-long shoreline. Seven shoreline communities were identified where one or more residential buildings fall within lands susceptible to natural hazards. These areas are referred to as Shoreline Damage Centers. Residents within a shoreline community affected by erosion and/or flood hazards will be/have been notified by mail. Shoreline erosion and flood hazard limit maps of each of the seven shoreline communities: ONTORO BLVD. CRYSTAL BEACH BLVD. STONE ST. MUSKOKA AVE. PORT DARLINGTON EAST BEACH RD. WILMOT CREEK
To better understand and quantify the risks associated with these hazards and to identify potential mitigation solutions to eliminate or reduce the risks, CLOCA has retained SJL Engineering to complete a Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazard Summary, Risk Assessment and Management Plan for each of these seven communities. The project will identify all applicable hazards, assess the risks associated with these hazards, and develop a risk management plan for each shoreline community. Funding for this study has been secured through the Regional Municipality of Durham with matching funding from the federal National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). If you have any questions regarding the study, you may contact us by email at lbenham@cloca.com

Notice of Disruption - Heber Down Conservation Area (at Cochrane Street N.)

The Cochrane Street North off-leash dog park parking lot located within the Heber Down Conservation Area at the south end of Cochrane St., south of Winchester Rd. W. (Highway 7), will be closed to allow for paving (note that the dog park will remain open during this time). The project start date is Monday, November 1, 2021 with an anticipated end date of Friday, November 5, 2021. Please note that the parking lot will be fenced off for the duration of construction. Alternate parking is available at the Heber Down Conservation Area south parking lot located at 500 Lyndebrook Road, Whitby (this lot usually closes for the season at the end of October, but will remain open until mid-November). Residents are invited to visit Whitby’s south off-leash dog park located at the north end of Jeffery St., north of Victoria St. W.

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