Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
Advancing watershed health through engagement, science
and conservation since 1958.
CURRENT FLOOD STATUS
Current News and Events
Lynde Shores Conservation Area has expanded and additional parking lot now open
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.