As spring arrives, Credit Valley Conservation marks a very notable milestone.  This year we celebrate 60 years of work in the watershed. The conservation movement in Ontario began in the 1930s and 1940s when community leaders became concerned about the condition of the environment and managing natural resources.

Their questions to local municipalities about how to responsibly protect and manage these resources led to the Province of Ontario passing a ground-breaking piece of legislation in 1946 – the Conservation Authorities Act.  The Act empowered local communities, municipalities and partner groups to address issues around flooding, soil erosion, water quality and deforestation through one body – a conservation authority.

CreditValley Conservation (CVC) came into being on May 13, 1954 after several years of meetings and work by local service clubs concerned about marshes, pollution and flooding. To this day, we share a 60-year partnership of protecting and preserving the natural environment for future generations with partner municipalities, environmental and community groups, corporations, land owners, students, donors and more.

On May 9th, we celebrated our 60th anniversary with a commemorative tree planting at our administrative offices attended by dignitaries, partners and staff. There was a special water blessing on the shores of the Credit by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations. It was a wonderful day, symbolic of our continued environmental prosperity through collaborative efforts.

Celebrations continued with free entrance to our conservation areas on May 10 and May 13, and promotional pricing for on-line annual Our Credit memberships. There was a CVC ‘selfie’ in the park contest, where participants posted their photos via twitter with the hashtag CVC60 (#CVC60).

And celebrations continue. Check out our commemorative flags and signage in conservation areas with a throwback logo to our original 1963 logo. Watch for a commemorative issue of Currents, our watershed-wide newsletter, being distributed in community newspapers in June. Learn more about CVC’s major historical events at www.creditvalleyca.ca/sixty.

As we honour 60 years of protecting and enhancing our natural treasures, we know none of this work would be possible without the support of our partners and the community. For sixty years it has been our heritage to conserve.

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