Strathroy-based conservation authority marking 60 years

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The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority marked its 60th anniversary on Jan. 15.

Formerly known as the Sydenham Valley Conservation Authority the SCRCA was founded on Jan. 12, 1961, in cooperation with the provincial government and local municipalities.

For the past six decades the organization has implemented watershed management principles to ensure that development occurs in safe and sustainable locations. Staff have also provided conservation education programs to generations of elementary and secondary students, worked with landowners to create and enhance local habitat and have become leaders in flood management and mitigation in the St. Clair watershed.

The authority currently owns 15 conservation areas covering 620 hectares of land including three regional campgrounds.

Festivities to celebrate the anniversary were put on hold in order to comply with safety measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, said general manager Brian McDougall.

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“Our 60th Anniversary will look quite a bit different than originally planned due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “But it is a milestone anniversary, and especially now, we need to celebrate 60 years of achievements.”

“We invite our watershed community to keep updated on our anniversary celebrations that will occur over the next year by visiting our social media and website,” McDougall added. “On behalf of all staff at the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, I want to thank [our watershed communities] for 60 years of conservation in the St. Clair region, and we look forward to many more.”

McDougall also thanked the SCRCA’s community partners for their long-term support of the organization.

“Our success would not have been possible without the support of our watershed communities, our member municipalities, and our local, provincial and federal partnerships,” he said.

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