Lower Trent Conservation
Did You Know?

On average, Conservation Authorities plant more than 2M trees annually through their various tree planting programs and stewardship initiatives. This work helps to mitigate climate change by moderating the effects of drought and flooding, reducing soil erosion, reducing GHGs, sequestering carbon, providing habitat for wildlife, creating recreational opportunities, and providing an essential economic resource.



Compliance and enforcement of the law associated with development activities in or near natural areas plays an important role in maintaining a healthy watershed.

Lower Trent Conservation regulation officers work to ensure compliance with the regulations and policies adopted by the Conservation Authority. They work with watershed residents to increase public knowledge of the CA Act and regulation. This is done through early project consultation before a permit is issued.

Once the permit has been issued and a project is underway, regulation officers regularly inspect works. Completing inspections ensures that works are completed in accordance with the specifications and site plans submitted with an application and any associated conditions that were approved by Lower Trent Conservation. If works are proceeding and the conditions of a permit are not being adhered to, the permit may be revoked.

In cases where work is started or completed without a Lower Trent Conservation permit, staff will notify the landowner and work to resolve the violation. In some cases, legal action is undertaken.

Steps that Lower Trent Conservation staff may take during the compliance process:

  • Provide information to landowners and their agents through early consultation and education
  • Work with municipal, provincial and federal agencies on matters of joint concern
  • Inspect sites to ensure compliance with approved permits
  • Address minor infractions through landowner and contractor cooperation
  • Resolve violations through discussions, removal, restoration and/or the permit process where appropriate
  • Undertake legal proceedings when necessary

Lower Trent Conservation urges landowners to make sure any work done in a regulated area complies with the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 41/24. You can check our online Map Viewer to see if your property is located within a regulated area.

Part VI Complaints

If you see some work being completed that may not be authorized and would like to request Lower Trent Conservation staff to look into it, please visit the Complaint Page.

Spills Action Centre

Call Ontario’s Spills Action Centre if you witness:

  • pollution spilled on land, in the water or in the air
  • industrial or commercial noise pollution
  • waste being dumped into the natural environment
  • improper disposal of commercial waste

Visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/report-pollution-and-spills for more information.