MVCA closes office in response to COVID-19, trails remain open

Special to WC Online

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED — The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is making changes to its operating policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In its continuing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MVCA continues to follow the lead of our local public health units, as well as provincial and federal health officials,” the MVCA released in a statement today (March 16. ”The health, safety and well-being of our staff and visitors is our top priority.”

After careful consideration, the MVCA is responding with the following current changes in operations and programming effective immediately:

  • The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Administration Centre (10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place) is closed to the general public until Monday, April 6.
  • The Gatehouse at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area (2854 Ramsay Concession 8, Almonte) is closed to the general public until Monday, April 6.
  • All essential services including MVCA’s Flood Forecasting and warning operations remain active.
  • The trails at our conservation areas (Mill of Kintail, Morris Island and Purdon) remain open for physical and mental health benefits.
  • Meetings and events scheduled at the MVCA Administration Centre and Gatehouse will be cancelled or rescheduled as appropriate.

Community members are asked to utilize phone or e-mail if they need to contact or correspond with staff during this time. Please note response and processing times may be delayed.

“The MVCA is continuing to monitor this developing situation,” MVCA staff said. “Please check back often for updates. Your patience, support and cooperation is appreciated.”

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