Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority

Advancing watershed health through engagement, science

and conservation since 1958.

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Current News and Events

Lynde Shores Conservation Area is expanding!

A construction project is underway at Lynde Shores Conservation Area to provide:

  • 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
​The work is a project of the Region of Durham and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA). Grading work will be completed during the fall and winter, with completion of the project scheduled for late summer 2021. No trail closures are anticipated, but please be aware of construction in the Area, and stay out of the fenced construction zone. 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 Completion - Corbett Creek Master Drainage Plan Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

The Town of Whitby, in partnership with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for a Master Drainage Plan for the Corbett Creek Watershed. The purpose of the study was to provide guidance to the Town of Whitby, CLOCA and the City of Oshawa, with respect to
flooding, creek erosion, resources protection and development. Floodplain mapping for the
watershed was also updated as part of the study.
In accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, the Project File Report will be placed on public record for 30-days beginning March 25, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, only digital copies are available from the Town of Whitby website at whitby.ca/studies. Written comments or questions should be sent to the Town of Whitby or CLOCA before April 30, 2021. For contact information and additional details, please click here.

Maple Syrup Festival cancelled for 2021

As we continue to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, and to keep our staff and visitors safe, we have made the decision to cancel our annual Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival for 2021. Our staff will still be tapping our suagr maple trees, collecting the sap and producing our wonderful maple syrup, which is available to purchase year-round from our online store!

CLOCA issues Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways Hazardous Conditions on and Around Bodies of Water

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is reminding all watershed residents of the existing dangers near bodies of water as winter transitions to spring. We are urging everyone to keep friends, family and pets away from local creeks, wetlands, Lake Ontario and other waterways. Read more here. .

We're hiring!

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority is seeking to fill a number of summer positions, for the May to September time period (16 weeks). Positions include Wetland, Aquatic and Natural Heritage monitoring roles. Click here for more information.

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.

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Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan

The CLOCA Board of Directors endorsed the final Lake Ontario Shoreline Management Plan (Zuzek, 2020) at the January 2021 Board meeting.

Maple Syrup Online Store

A variety of locally produced maple products, including our very own maple syrup from the sugar maple trees at Purple Woods Conservation Area!

Watershed Plans' Update

Central Lake Ontario Conservation has prepared updated Watershed Plans for the Lynde Creek, Oshawa Creek, Black / Harmony / Farewell Creek and Bowmanville / Soper Creek watersheds. These watershed plans represent a five-year update to existing watershed plans

Healthy watersheds for today and tomorrow.

Our watershed is located on the traditional territory of the Williams Treaties First Nations, the Chippewas of Beausoleil, Georgina Island and Rama and the Mississaugas of Alderville, Curve lake, Hiawatha, Scugog Island. 

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