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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): UPDATES TO SNC OPERATIONS


South Nation Conservation (SNC) is committed to supporting municipalities, partners and people as the Coronavirus Pandemic unfolds.

While the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, board, volunteers, and members of the public who interact with us.

Following the advice of public health authorities, we have restricted non-essential activities, travel, meetings, public use of our facilities and programs and have employees working safely remotely. 

SNC Administrative Office is closed to visitors and guests: please use our drop box for paperwork or phone and email to connect with SNC staff.

Updates to our operations and business continuity planning will be posted on this page below, including:

  • Public Meetings
  • Programs and Services
  • Conservation Areas Open
  • Administrative Office and SNC Staff
  • Community Resources and Contact Info

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MEETINGS POSTPONED

The following public meetings have been postponed with tentatively scheduled new dates:

  • South Nation Conservation Annual General Meeting - scheduled for Thursday September 17th, 2020
  • Drinking Water Source Protection Committee Meeting (March 20)
  • Annual Forestry Logging Contractors Meeting (March 25)
  • Annual Municipal Information Day (March 26)

Future essential public meetings will be hosted through online platforms.

SNC’s Meeting Rooms are not available, all community meetings and bookings are cancelled for 2020. 

The Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks has directed Conservation Authorities to amend their administrative by-laws to allow for virtual meetings, including teleconference.

Updates are posted on SNC's Event Calendar Online. 


PUBLIC CONSERVATION AREAS AND BOAT LAUNCHES

In accordance with the Government of Ontario’s Emergency Orders, many outdoor physical recreational amenities were closed. Thank you to our municipal partners who have supported various closures and maintenance activities.

Following the Provincial announcement on May 14th and the direction received from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, SNC has re-opened public boat launches and river access points and select Conservation Areas as of May 19th, 2020.

The following Conservation Area continue to remain open and maintained for passive recreation (walking):

There are no physical structures, permanent washrooms, or amenities at previously open sites. There are maintained pedestrian bridges and recreational trails.

For now, only select washroom facilities are open.

The following Conservation Areas and municipal partner sites for river access and boat launching are now open:

The following Conservation Areas will remain temporarily closed:

Structures in parks remain closed, and distancing directives must be followed. Dogs are not permitted off leash, visitors must not litter, and people are asked not to congregate in fishing areas and not use water control structures to access rivers or to fish.

People are encouraged to only visit parks with members of their household and maintain appropriate distances from other visitors.

Visitation is monitored (car and trail counters in place, sites inspected weekly). 


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Education and Outreach
SNC’s Maple Education Program has been cancelled: the Oschmann Forest has been opened so that people may visit our maple woodlot and experience a self-guided tour (interpretive signs on site). 

Most outreach activites for other programs have been postponed, including the Stream of Dreams Program.

Flood Forecasting Program and Dam Operations Continue 
Regular updates are available online and on social media

Tree Planting Program
Tree seedlings should be available late April: SNC will be planting over 150,000 trees in 2020; tree delivery dates will be communicated directly and Community Tree Giveaway activities are being revised for May. 

Clean Water Programs
Applications for the Clean Water Program and the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program are being accepted, but site visits will not be performed in 2020. Program representatives will contact applicants directly by phone.

City of Ottawa Ash Tree Replacement Program
The City of Ottawa is permitting essential property maintenance services including hazard tree removal effective May 1.

Woodlot Advisory Service
All woodlot visits scheduled for this summer will be rescheduled for fall 2020. SNC staff will contact property owners directly.

Approvals and Development Review Programs
(CA Regulations, Municipal Plan Review, Drinking Water Source Protection, Septic Inspections)

SNC will make every effort to maintain planning and permit review timelines.

Contractors and residents are asked to support "no contact visits" during essential inspections; please ensure that no one is on site, our team members will communicate instructions directly by phone. 

Other projects and programs continue through remote operations and updated health and safety measures. 


ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AND STAFF

Our offices are closed to visitors and guests. People are encouraged to drop off paperwork in our drop box located outside our office, or to contact our staff by phone (613-984-2948) or by email (nation.on.ca/contact).

We do not anticipate service disruptions at this time and are fully operational. Our teams have access to collaboration tools and file servers through a secure VPN service. Some field operations continue and all staff have access to emails and can answer phone calls.

SNC is monitoring the pandemic and response closely and will provide updates on changes to operations and business continuity as they become available. Your patience, support and cooperation are appreciated.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SNC OPERATIONS PLEASE CONTACT
John Mesman, Lead, Communications and Outreach
jmesman@nation.on.ca
613-984-2948