2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority!

On June 21, 1972, Ontario Lieutenant Governor William Ross Macdonald approved an Order-in-Council, creating the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority at the recommendation of the Minister of Natural Resources and request of local municipalities. 

NBMCA's focus when it began was the protection of people and property from natural hazards and flooding,  advising municipalities on consents and plans of subdivision, creating science-based watershed management studies for subwatersheds, as well as the opening of conservation areas for public appreciation, conservation and protection of natural hazard and heritage lands.   

These initiatives formed the foundation of NBMCA's integrated watershed management efforts to balance human needs with the needs of the natural environment. NBMCA has continued to do all this and more over the past 50 years.

Over the years, NBMCA has learned that protecting and conserving our watershed relies on collaboration and cooperation with individuals, organizations, and communities.   Our vision states that we provide leadership in watershed management through cooperation with others.   Our 50th Anniversary initiatives celebrate the shared stewardship of our watersheds.

Shout out to Our Unsung Watershed Heroes!

As part of the 50th Anniversary activities, NBMCA is inviting the community to help us recognize others who have been and are contributing to the health of our watershed.  Follow this link to learn more and submit the name of someone you feel deserves to be recognized as a Watershed Hero!

Boardwalk of Champions - Honour a Champion in Your Life!

NBMCA's Boardwalk of Champions is an opportunity for you to give recognition to someone who has inspired you, someone you want to be remembered, someone who is celebrating a special milestone in their life, someone who has overcome a challenge or someone who has contributed to the well-being of others!  For a $100 donation (which supports NBMCA's scholarship and outreach programs) NBMCA will acknowledge your champion with an engraved pinecone on a trail boardwalk.  Follow this link to learn more and make your donation to recognize your champion! 

Municipal Proclamations - May 2022 is NBMCA 50th Anniversary Month

NBMCA's member municipalities recognize, appreciate and value the expertise, advice and leadership of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority in balancing human needs with the needs of the natural environment on a watershed basis.  In honour of NBMCA's 50th Anniversary, area municipalities have proclaimed May at NBMCA 50th Anniversary Celebration Month!  Follow this link to read the proclamation. 

Mattawa River Canoe Race - Celebrating 45 years 

We are excited to announce that after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Mattawa River Canoe Race is returning for our 50th Anniversary and celebrating its 45th year on July 23, 2022.   Paddlers from across Canada gather to compete in this 64km marathon paddling event, racing from North Bay to Mattawa from Trout Lake to the Mattawa River, following in the historic wake of Indigenous people and European explorers who travelled this waterway, now recognized as a Canadian Heritage River System!  Follow this link to learn more about this unique event and the historic Mattawa River watershed. 

Chippewa Creek EcoPath Partners with Clean Green Beautiful North Bay

Chippewa Creek EcoPath is a community initiative to restore and enhance the natural and heritage values of the creek through stewardship and education. (www.chippewacreekecopath.ca)   In 2022, NBMCA is thrilled to partner with Clean Green Beautiful (CGB) North Bay and support CGB's mission to foster stewardship of the land, water and community with a focus on raising civic pride and enhancing the beauty of the city.  Volunteers will be championing clean-ups along the Chippewa Creek EcoPath.  You can sign up to help cleanup along Chippewa Creek EcoPath by registering on www.cleangreenbeautiful.com.

Educational Bursaries & Awards 

In honour of NBMCA's 50th Anniversary and to help support students who are pursuing post-secondary environmental studies, NBMCA is offering bursaries to Nipissing University, Canadore College, and Secondary School Environmental High Skills Major students.  Follow this link to learn more about these environmental education bursaries. 

Watershed Wonders Photo Contest 

Whether you live in our watershed or visit our lakes, streams and conservation areas, we know you'll love and appreciate the natural beauty of our priceless watersheds!  You're invited to share your photographs. Fifteen will be selected to be included in NBMCA's 2023 calendar.

Submissions are welcome in five categories below.   There is also a category for youth (18 and under)

  • People and Nature:  Recreation, adventure, people enjoying the outdoors
  • Landscape:  A sense of place, with or without people
  • Water:  Above, below or in between
  • Wildlife: In the wild or in your backyard
  • Sustainable Structures:  things that people build, manufacture, create in ways that respects, protects or enhances the environment and our watershed.

Follow this link to learn more about the Watershed Wonders Photo Contest

Miskwaadesi - A Partnership with the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre 

"Miskwaadesi" (Ojibwe for Painted Turtle) will be a unique space on the Chippewa Creek EcoPath, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can gather, honouring the traditions, culture and teachings of our Indigenous community while developing an appreciation of the significance of water to us all.   More will be announced about Miskwaadesi in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!