New SVCA general manager outlines agency's activities
By Liz Dadson
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The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) has been quite active in Kincardine over the past year.
That's the word from the new general manager/secretary-treasurer, Wayne Brohman.
Speaking to Kincardine council at its meeting Dec. 18, Brohman said the SVCA has been planting trees in the municipality every spring for decades. To date, 13,150 trees have been planted.
This year, the agency has been involved in programs to counteract the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, he said, noting it is not as prevalent in Kincardine as it is in Southampton.
Also, the SVCA has worked with the Kincardine Cross-Country Ski Club to make improvements to the ski and snowshoe trails at Stoney Island Conservation Area in Kincardine.
The agency continues it work on flood-warning and flood-control projects in the municipality, as well as environmental planning, conservation education, water management, and communications.
"We have been working with the Penetangore Watershed Group on various projects," said Brohman.
General manager since February, Brohman has an accounting background and enjoys working with the professional and devoted staff at the SVCA.
He said the role of the SVCA has changed, with funds depleted for land acquisition and flood control. Now, the focus is on water quality, tree-planting, and stewardship.
"We want to get people using our parks and trails," he said. "The challenge is to keep the ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) and dirt bikes out."
As for the structure of the SVCA, Brohman said three managers retired this year and two will not be replaced. Also, the agency will be operating under a more sustainable business model.
The conservation trend is toward partnerships with other agencies, such as the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network, the Penetangore Watershed Group, and the Cross-Country Ski Club, to share resources and complete projects.
The SVCA's 2014 budget has a 1.5-per-cent increase, said Brohman.
Council thanked him for his report.
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