Plan Your Spring Projects With SNC

21-Feb-2020 21-Feb-2020

Are you planning on completing a development project this spring or summer within the watershed near a river, stream, floodplain, wetland, slope, or shoreline?

If so, South Nation Conservation (SNC) reminds residents from across its 4,384 square-kilometer jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario to contact its Property and Approvals Teams for more information before proceeding.

“We work with residents to ensure people and property are protected where development is proposed in and around natural hazards,” explains Alison McDonald, SNC’s Approvals Lead. “This involves working with residents through the approvals process when a permit is required.”

SNC staff are available for consultations at its head office in Finch or at local municipal offices, making it easier for residents to meet and discuss projects and permit approvals.

A permit from the Conservation Authority may not always be required though SNC staff may be able to provide advice and appropriate referrals for residents to help them complete their projects.

As of 2019, SNC now posts and shares information their online mapping portal which shows areas subject to natural hazard regulations where permission may be required to complete projects.

Staff are also available to answer questions that residents may have on a variety of topics, including tree planting projects, woodlot management, recreational opportunities, and landowner stewardship projects. More info:

Additionally, SNC’s septic officials conduct septic system inspections and issue permits on behalf of 13 of the Conservation Authority’s member municipalities. Coverage includes all regions within the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the City of Cornwall, and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, except for North and South Glengarry. In 2019, over 400 septic permit approvals were issued to local residents by SNC.

Septic system designers, installers and contractors are invited to attend SNC’s Annual Septic Meeting, taking place this year on February 28th at the Plantagenet Community Centre from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. The meeting covers general inspection procedures, permit applications, and provides opportunities for participants to share expertise and experiences.

Additional workshops hosted by SNC on various environmental topics including flood forecasting and warning, environmental impact studies, and logging operations are also scheduled to take place this spring. The complete list of upcoming workshops and events can be found at

“We pride ourselves on providing high quality environmental services to our member municipalities and their residents,” adds McDonald. “These valuable partnerships allow us to protect people, property and the local environment.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taylor Campbell, SNC Communications Specialist, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 296,