LRCA News

COVID-19 Update 4

COVID-19 Update 4

Posted on March 30th

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in consideration of the well-being of our many partners, volunteers and staff, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is responding with the following current changes in operations and programming, in addition to previously posted changes:

  • The Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, has issued a Minister’s Direction pursuant to subsection 19.1 (7) of the Conservation Authorities Act  that applies to all Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario. The Direction provides for Conservation Authorities to conduct Meetings and hearings as necessary via virtual meetings and teleconference. The Direction provides Authorities the ability to amend their administrative by-laws accordingly. For the full letter from Minister Yurek, click here.  The LRCA’s Administrative By-Law will be amended at the April 29, 2020 Board Meeting.
  • Washrooms are closed at all LRCA Conservation Areas that have those facilities. Washrooms will not be monitored or maintained.
  • The LRCA Administrative Office remains closed to the public; LRCA staff will be working from home until further notice. All essential services including the LRCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning operations remain active.
  • While the LRCA’s Conservation Areas remain open to the public, LRCA staff urge all visitors to practice the safe physical distancing measures being stressed by all experts. Please ensure you maintain the minimum two-metre distance between yourself and other visitors. If you do choose to visit a Conservation Area, do so for the purposes of going for a walk or hike for the benefit of your physical and mental health and not to congregate. Ensure that pets remain on-leash at all times and wear proper footwear. Please note that there is currently no maintenance occurring in our Conservation Areas; trails may be slippery, and debris may be present.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

READ THE MINISTER'S LETTER

COVID-19 Update 3

COVID-19 Update 3

Posted on March 24th

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in consideration of the well-being of our many partners, volunteers and staff, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is responding with the following current changes in operations and programming, in addition to previously posted changes:

  • The LRCA Administrative Office remains closed to the public; LRCA staff will be working from home until further notice. All essential services including the LRCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning operations remain active.
  • While the LRCA’s Conservation Areas remain open to the public, LRCA staff urge all visitors to practice the safe physical distancing measures being stressed by all experts. Please ensure you maintain the minimum two-metre distance between yourself and other visitors. If you do choose to visit a Conservation Area, do so for the purposes of going for a walk or hike for the benefit of your physical and mental health and not to congregate. Ensure that pets remain on-leash at all times and wear proper footwear. Please note that there is currently no maintenance occurring in our Conservation Areas; trails may be slippery, and debris may be present.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

COVID-19 Update 2

COVID-19 Update 2

Posted on March 18th

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in consideration of the well-being of our many partners, volunteers and staff, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is responding with the following current changes in operations and programming:

  • Pennock Creek Floodplain Mapping Update Open House scheduled for March 18, 2020 is cancelled.  Written and verbal comments will continue to be accepted.
  • Mosquito Creek Floodplain Mapping Update Open House scheduled for March 19, 2020 is cancelled.  Written and verbal comments will continue to be accepted.
  • All school programming is cancelled until April 6, 2020.
  • The LRCA's March 25, 2020 Board Meeting has been cancelled.

Program and Service Updates:

  • ***UPDATE*** The LRCA Administrative Office located at 130 Conservation Road, Thunder Bay, is now CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. If you require staff assistance, please contact us via email (info@lakeheadca.com) or telephone (807-344-5857). Thank you for your cooperation. 
  • All essential services including the LRCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning operations remain active.
  • All Conservation Areas remain open to the public.

We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will respond accordingly.  Updates will be posted as warranted.

  • For Development Regulations, Floodplain Mapping and Flood Forecasting inquiries, contact Gail Willis, Watershed Manager, at (807) 344-5857 Ext. 223 or gailw@lakeheadca.com. 
  • For Planning inquiries, contact Scott Drebit, GIS/Water Resources Technologist, at (807) 344-5857 Ext. 227 or scott@lakeheadca.com. 
  • For all other inquiries, or if you are unsure who you need to speak with, contact Reception at (807) 344-5857 Ext. 0 or info@lakeheadca.com.