As watershed management agencies under the Conservation Authorities Act, Conservation Authorities work with provincial, federal and other partners to deliver programs or services that help to protect aquatic species and their habitats which are at risk. For example, Conservation Authorities review projects proposed in their watershed jurisdictions during the planning and/or early design stages and may provide technical advice and information related to fisheries and aquatic resources, including aquatic species at risk. This advice is based upon Conservation Authority sampling data from instream monitoring programs and other sources such as Species at Risk maps and data that is maintained by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Aquatic Species at Risk Maps
The Aquatic Species at Risk Maps for Ontario has been replaced by a national series of maps.The maps will facilitate project assessments under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act. They can also be utilized by individuals who wish to easily determine whether species at risk or their critical habitat are found in a given area. A Critical Habitat Web Mapping Service is available for viewing through Government of Canada Open Maps. The GIS data will be available for downloading in 2017.