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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.

Full-Time 2 Year Contract (September 2022 – September 2024)

$65,587 to $78,459 annual salary (plus benefits)

This position will work out of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s main office located near Carleton Place. Candidates should ensure they have reliable transportation prior to applying.

The Regulations Inspector (Septic) ensures compliance with the Ontario Building Code and other regulations concerning septic applications. This is done by completing onsite septic inspections, evaluating applications and investigating and evaluating complaints. The Regulations Inspector (Septic) also evaluates section 28 applications, provides technical advice and assistance to committees, creates ad hoc reports and issues enforcement orders when necessary.

As the ideal candidate, you are familiar with the Ontario Building Code and are certified or are eligible to be certified as a Part 8 inspector. Additionally, you hold or are eligible to become a certified Risk Management Inspector under Part IV of the Clean Water Act. You have at least two years of relevant experience and hold a college diploma or degree in environmental science, engineering technology or a related field. You are able to interpret technical plans and documents as well as work independently and set priorities. You are comfortable working with the public and collaborating with coworkers. Additionally, you are able to work indoors and outdoors sometimes in poor weather and in potentially hazardous environments.

If you have a strong commitment to championing protection of the environment and the safeguarding of land and water resources, please send your resume and covering letter via email, no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022, to:

Human Resources

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
P.O. Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5
Fax: (613) 692-0831
e-mail:

Visit us on the web at www.rvca.ca

Download job ad here. 
Download job description here.


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.

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.

Full-Time 2 Year contract (September 2022 – September 2024)

$41,675 to $52,714 annual salary (plus benefits)

This position will work out of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s main office located near Carleton Place. Candidates should ensure they have reliable transportation prior to applying.

Under direct supervision, you will be responsible for compiling, recording and distributing applications and permits for processing. You will maintain digital and hard-copy records and you will regularly update the database and generate routine reports and standard maps. You will provide exceptional customer service to our applicants and other external clients, and from time-to-time you will help with special research projects and public education workshops.

As the ideal candidate you have a diploma or degree in office administration or environmental studies. You have at least one year administrative or clerical experience. You have excellent computer and keyboarding skills and the ability to undertake detailed work accurately using Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. You have excellent communication skills in English both verbally and in writing. Being able to communicate verbally in French is considered an asset. To round out your skill set, you have exceptional customer service skills, demonstrated organizational skills and a commitment to meeting regular deadlines. You may occasionally drive an RVCA vehicle, therefore you must hold a valid Driver’s License and have a satisfactory driving record.

If you have a strong commitment to championing protection of the environment and the safeguarding of land and water resources, please send your resume and covering letter, no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022, to:

    Human Resources
    Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
    P.O. Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive
    Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5
    Fax: (613) 692-0831
    e-mail:

    Visit us on the web at www.rvca.ca

    Download job ad here. 
    Download job description here.


    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.

    PORTLAND, July 18, 2022 – The village of Portland has been invaded by a new type of yellow fish – but this species is here to help. 

    The Yellow Fish Road project is just one aspect of a larger sustainable drainage pilot program kicking off this summer, thanks to funding from the Township of Rideau Lakes and support from the Big Rideau Lake Association and Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. The freshly painted roadside fish are meant to remind residents that storm drains are directly connected to our local lakes, rivers and streams – and that chemicals, fertilizers and feces should be kept well away for the health of the water and the community. 

    This summer, staff from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) are investigating novel ways to divert and capture runoff to reduce nutrients reaching Big Rideau Lake. These nutrients – which are washed into the water system as lawn fertilizers, detergents, septic system leaks and more – can cause excessive aquatic weed growth, contribute to harmful blue-green algae blooms and reduce overall water quality.  

    The project’s goal is to recommend the best sustainable drainage techniques and practices available to help the Township of Rideau Lakes protect water quality for the entire community. 

    RVCA staff will sample and monitor an urban catchment drain in the village of Portland and a rural non-agricultural drain just outside the village. Staff will also research best practices for sustainable drainage and implement some new practices this fall in an effort to reduce local runoff. 

    “Our hope is to implement a few demonstration sites around town to really inspire people to get involved,” said Mike Yee, co-project manager, aquatic biologist and planner with the RVCA. “We want to raise awareness among residents that a few simple actions can protect their lake for the long term.”

    Many established sustainable drainage practices are easy and cost-effective for residents to embrace right now, Yee said. These include installing a rain barrel, planting a rain garden, moving downspouts to a permeable area and adding native plants to shorelines and ditches.

    “If everyone does a little, we can accomplish a lot,” Yee said. 

    To learn more about sustainable drainage and for practical guides to implementing best practices, visit https://www.rvca.ca/sustainable-drainage-pilot-project-portland

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    IMG 7416Township of Rideau Lakes drainage manager Dan Chant joined RVCA intern Caitlin Sommer in Portland this July to paint yellow fish on several storm drains. These fish will remind residents that stormwater goes directly to the lake.The Township of Rideau Lakes has generously funded a pilot partnership with Big Rideau Lake Association, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority to work co-operatively on a sustainable drainage pilot project in the village of Portland and the surrounding rural catchment area.

    As climate change contributes to more frequent and extreme rain events, excess nutrients, sediments, harmful chemicals and pollutants are increasingly washed into Big Rideau Lake through our storm drainage systems. This contributes to increased aquatic weed growth, more toxic algae blooms and an overall decline in lake health and enjoyment. 

    In summer 2022, staff from RVCA as well as volunteers from the Big Rideau Lake Association will conduct a sampling and monitoring program, targeting an urban drain in the village as well as a rural drain (non-agricultural) outside the village. Research will be conducted to find and recommend sustainable drainage practices that are best suited to protect water quality and lake health.  

    But reducing your runoff can also begin at home – and can be as easy as installing a rain barrel. To learn more about how you can reduce stormwater runoff on your own property, check out the resources below.

    Resources:

    VIDEO: Learn how to build a low-cost, low-maintenance rain garden on your property: https://youtu.be/dvgJXlul9Bk

    VIDEO: Learn how the RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization Program offers technical and financial support for waterfront owners to naturally reduce their runoff: https://youtu.be/j2WEnMfRZTo

    BLOG: Learn all the simple, cost-effective ways you can reduce runoff on your own property: https://www.rvca.ca/view-all-blog-posts/soak-up-the-summer-storms-reducing-your-runoff-in-the-big-city

    BLOG: Learn more about the RVCA’s Clean Water Grants program that supports sustainable drainage and other projects for rural residents: https://www.rvca.ca/view-all-blog-posts/grant-program-makes-clean-water-projects-affordable

    INTERACTIVE: Scroll over the pins to learn how you can keep contaminants out of your storm drain: https://www.rvca.ca/view-all-blog-posts/reducing-runoff-which-side-are-you-on

    INTERACTIVE: Check out this interactive graphic for sustainable drainage practices on waterfront properties: https://www.rvca.ca/view-all-blog-posts/waterfront-living-which-side-are-you-on

    WEBPAGE: Learn more about how to naturalize your shoreline (whether it’s a ditch, stream, river or lake!): https://www.rvca.ca/stewardship-grants/shoreline-naturalization/how-to-naturalize-your-shoreline

    Benefits of sustainable drainage:

    • Reduced algae blooms and excessive weed growth in our lakes and rivers
    • Improved water quality for local ecosystems
    • Better water quality for local tourist industries including recreational fishing and seasonal rentals
    • Safer drinking water for residents with surface water intakes
    • Improved knowledge of sustainable drainage best practices can be applied across the watershed
     

    Information:

    Michael Yee
    Planner, RVCA 

    613-692-3571 ext. 1176

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    Forms and Fees for participating municipalities

    • 2022 Fee Schedule
    • 2022 Fee Schedule - Tay Valley Township only
    • Sewage System Application Class 2 (Grey Water Pit)
    • Sewage System Application Class 4
    • Sewage System Application Class 5
    • Change of Use – Renovation Application Part 10-11
    • Tank Replacement Only Application
    • Effluent Filter Installation Application
    • Compliance Alternative Application
    • Inspection Request Form

     

    Septic Forms & Fees

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    The Mississippi Valley and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities administer Part 8 (Sewage systems approvals) of the Ontario Building Code on behalf of several watershed municipalities (listed below). This means your local conservation authority is responsible for reviewing septic designs and plans, issuing Building Permits for new and replacement sewage systems, and inspecting installations to ensure compliance with provincial regulations. 

    Learn more on how to submit your application by choosing the municipality where you are installing or replacing a Part 8 sewage system. Not listed below? Check with municipality to learn about their septic approvals agent.

    Contacts:

    Eric Kohlsmith | Septic Inspector 
    10970 Highway 7 | Carleton Place | Ontario K7C 3P1
    t. 613 253 0006 ext. 256 |

    Terry K. Davidson, P. Eng. | RVCA Director, Regulations and Chief Building Official
    3889 Rideau Valley Drive | Manotick | Ontario K4M 1A5
    t. 613-692-3571 ext. 1107 |  

    RIDEAU VALLEY, June 10, 2022 – A new network of industrial weather stations will advance the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s capacity to track local weather, model future floods and track local climate change impacts into the future. 

    The RVCA has installed 11 new all-season weather stations across the watershed. These will fill gaps in the current data network, expand RVCA’s list of tracked weather parameters and provide real-time weather data online for use by residents, municipalities, farmers, researchers and even local forecasters. 

    “Our goal is to develop a watershed-wide model so we understand what’s happening in each part of the watershed,” said Brian Stratton, RVCA’s manager of engineering. “The new weather stations are a key piece in the development of a long-term model that can be used for hazard mapping, flood forecasting and tracking climate change trends.”

    The industrial-strength stations – designed to withstand our coldest winters and hottest summers – will collect information on air temperature, dew point, relative humidity, air pressure, solar radiation, average wind speed and precipitation. The data is available through a new public portal on www.rvca.ca/weather-stations.

    The addition of these stations will also improve Environment Canada’s ability to provide accurate weather forecasting for the region, as data from RVCA’s new stations will help corroborate what Environment Canada’s radar is predicting. 

    “It’s a nice relationship,” said RVCA’s hydrometric co-ordinator Justin Robert. “We’ve programmed these stations for our own purposes, but everyone in the watershed will benefit.”

    Climate researchers will also rejoice – in 30 years, anyway.

    “By recording the real time climate, it’s going to set us up for some extensive knowledge down the road,” Robert said. “These weather stations are going to give us this footprint of our weather into our future, and it will be invaluable information to really understand our watershed and what’s going on.”

    To learn more about the RVCA's Flood Forecasting and Warning program, visit www.rvca.ca/watershed-conditions.

    New weather stations are located in: Andrewsville, Bobs Lake, Frankville, Kars, Mansfield, Marlborough, Montague, Motts Mills, Rainbow Lake, Snowdons Corners and Westport. For more information contact Brian Stratton at

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    Contact Us

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

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

    Email:

    Hours:

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

    Member of: conservation ontario