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OTTAWA, February 24, 2020One Tree Planted, a registered U.S. non-profit whose mission is to help with global reforestation, has generously given the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation (RVCF) $52,500 U.S. to help the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority plant 70,000 trees. These new trees will cover approximately 35 hectares and will take place on conservation land in east Ottawa.

“We are very grateful to One Tree Planted for this generous gift,” says Diane Downey, RVCF Executive Director. “This investment with help us toward our 2020 goal of planting over 240,000 trees in the Rideau watershed.”

Five species of conifers will be planted which will bring habitat and shelter to many animals in our area including the white-tailed deer, red fox, and pileated woodpecker. The tree planting will also protect watershed health by protecting soil from erosion, improving water quality, and reducing the risk of flooding. Healthy watersheds ensure healthy communities where trees and forest cover are valued and protected.

According to Gabriela Gard at One Tree Planted, “we are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. All by planting trees!”

To learn more about the RVCF and its ongoing work to protect, enhance and conserve the lands and water of the Rideau Valley visit To learn about local tree planting programs visit

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For more information, contact:

Diane Downey
Executive Director, Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation
613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1126

February 18, 2020

Flood Contingency Plan

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The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) 2020 Flood Contingency Plan was prepared in accordance with the provincial standards established in the Ontario Flood Forecasting and Warning: Implementation Guidelines for Conservation Authorities and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s document.

The responsibility for dealing with flood contingency planning in Ontario is shared by municipalities, Conservation Authorities (CAs) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), on behalf of the province.

The purpose of this manual is to provide an overview of how RVCA Flood Forecasting and Warning System operates. Key information presented in this manual includes:

  • roles and responsibilities throughout a flood event
  • key background information about water management in the RVCA
  • RVCA flood forecasting and warning operations
  • the RVCA flood message system

This manual is not a municipal emergency preparedness plan and should not be used for that purpose.

The goal of the RVCA Flood Forecasting and Warning System is to provide an estimate of the potential for river and stream flooding in the Rideau Valley watershed (see Figure 1) and, based on that estimate, give sufficient advance warning to the designated municipal officials and members of the public in order that appropriate steps can be taken to reduce the risk of loss of life, injury, and property damage due to flooding.

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Pierces Corners

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Nolans Corners

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Bells Corners

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is the lead intermunicipal agency working to address river-related environmental issues and concerns within the Rideau Valley watershed. Thanks to our many partners, the scope of our environmental protection work includes planning, source water protection, tackling flooding and erosion problems and researching water movement and use in the valley. We help people maintain healthy shorelines, provide advice on development-related issues and report to municipalities, agencies and the public about watershed conditions and trends. We also provide public access to natural waterfront areas, deliver community-based stewardship programs, reduce water pollution and protect fish and wildlife habitat.

You will work at the Baxter Conservation Area located just south of Kars.

There is no public transportation to the worksite; candidates should ensure they have reliable transportation prior to applying.

Schedule during summer months:

  • Training/camp prep: June 29 to July 3, 2020
  • Canoe Camp #1: July 13 to 17, 2020 – Will be required to work Thursday night for the canoe camp overnight
  • Canoe Camp #2: July 27 to 31, 2020 - Will be required to work Thursday night for the canoe camp overnight
  • Canoe Camp #3: August 17 to 21, 2020 - Will be required to work Thursday night for the canoe camp overnight

You will assist the Baxter Conservation Area Supervisor and Canoe Camp Coordinator with the planning, delivery and evaluation of canoe camps for 10 to 14-year-old children. You will act as the lifeguard for canoe camp at Baxter’s waterfront. You will also act as a resource person and you will assist in delivering services to visitors such as asking questions about the park, selling park passes and monitoring for valid park passes. You will also assist with light cleaning and maintenance of our park trails and facilities.

As the ideal candidate, you are a mature secondary or post-secondary school student or recent graduate who takes initiative with previous experience working with school-aged children. Previous experience planning and delivering canoeing programming for children in an educational or recreational setting is an asset. You must have Emergency Level First Aid training (Standard Level is an asset) and life guarding certification (bronze cross minimum requirement). You also must have a valid G2 or higher driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. The successful candidate will be required to provide an affirmative “Vulnerable Sector Check”.

If you enjoy working in the great outdoors and have an enthusiastic attitude towards working with children; if you have a strong commitment to the environment and the protection of land and water resources, please send us your resume by February 28, 2020.

If you are currently a student, please indicate the program in which you are enrolled, your year of study and the year you will graduate in the subject line of your email.

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The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is an equal opportunity employer. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for consideration.

We are committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you are selected for an interview and you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

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Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504



Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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