Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) is a local, community-based, environmental organization and one of 36 Conservation Authorities responsible for managing watershed resources across Ontario. Established in 1958, CLOCA's jurisdiction is based on the watershed boundaries of 4 major watercourses and 18 minor watercourses draining an area of over 639 square km. Our watershed stretches from the municipal boundaries of Ajax/Pickering to Clarington, and north, from Lake Ontario to the crest of the Oak Ridges Moraine (see map below).
We provide a wide variety of science-based watershed management programs and services, delivered in partnership with our municipal partners, local landowners, environmental agencies and all levels of government. Our municipal partners include the Region of Durham, Cities of Oshawa and Pickering, Towns of Ajax and Whitby, Municipality of Clarington and Townships of Scugog and Uxbridge.
Healthy watersheds for today and tomorrow
Advancing watershed health through engagement, science, and conservation.
Our Core Values:
In all of our actions, we are committed to protecting, preserving and enhancing the quality of the watershed. We are conservation advocates, land stewards and trusted advisors promoting science-based watershed management and working with others to improve watershed health and public safety.
We are team players, committed to building relationships with our partners and achieving remarkable results across the watershed. We are collaborators and partners of choice and we encourage others to be watershed champions.
We strive to consistently provide the highest standard of customer service and the highest standard of care for our watershed.
We value innovation and knowledge. We strive to see differently, and think creatively to foster new ideas and to offer better services and programs for the watershed.
We are passionate and dedicated to the work that we do. We are ethical, responsible and committed to inspiring others to value the critical role that healthy watersheds play in sustaining our quality of life. We lead by example and inspire others to do the same.
The process to update our Strategic Plan 2021–2025 included a variety of consultation sessions, through online meetings and surveys, to provide additional insight, new ideas and feedback on what worked and what needed to change.
We sought input to determine where we should make improvements to our services and programs, what’s most and least important to our audiences in our current roles and responsibilities, and what challenges and opportunities we are likely to face in the future.