Ford cuts could wash away conservation authority services - 2019-08-22
St. Clair Region CA General Manager Brian McDougall said they were stunned by the letter because "there has been no communication from the province in any way shape or form relating to core or non-core programs being reduced."
McDougall said if they were to withdraw some of these programs, we would have much less understanding of what's going on in area watercourses.
"Those programs cut could include tree planting, conservation education for children, camping, we do a lot of collection of data, and although none of those are specifically itemized in our core mandate, those programs help us understand whether we're doing a good job and whether there are issues out there in our environment," he said. "Programs that are considered core by the province are those that are specific to natural hazards , in other words erosion control, flood control, flood forecasting and warning, that type of thing."