Welcome to Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario.
Draining over 250 lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River watershed encompasses an area of 3,750 km² from its headwaters at Mazinaw Lake to its confluence at the Ottawa River. Together with the drainage areas of the Carp River, MVCA has a total jurisdiction of 4353 km².
Prevent Flood Damage To Your Home, Protect Local Wildlife, And Keep Your Drinking Water Clean
Protecting the needs of landowners and the environment by using an Integrated Approach to Watershed Management, MVCA works to keep your drinking water, local ecosystems, and your property safe. Let us help you reconnect with the natural environment by visiting locally significant areas, taking up stewardship practices at home or by monitoring your water quality.
Mississippi River Watershed conditions returning to normal
June 12, 2015 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—Water levels in most of the rivers and lakes across the Mississippi River watershed have returned to normal as a result of the rainfall received over the last two weeks. As there are still a few lakes that are below normal, residents are advised to use caution when venturing out on unfamiliar water courses.
Although conditions are returning to normal, MVCA strongly urges residents in the Mississippi River watershed to be wise in their consumption of potable water. Using rain barrels to capture any rain to water lawns and gardens and avoiding using pressure washers to clean houses, driveways, decks and fences, all contribute to the conservation of this extremely valuable resource. For more water conservation tips visit www.mvc.on.ca.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at www.mvc.on.ca.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.