The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Riverine Flood Status
Lake Simcoe Shoreline Status
Low Water Status

2023 Conservation Award Nominations Now Open​

​Conservation Awards

Celebrating Watershed Heroes​

​Every day, caring an​d selfless people engage in positive environmental actions that contribute to a more sustainable and healthier watershed. They do it for no ​other reason than the fact that the​y​ care about the world they l​​ive in. They are heroes in the true sense of the word.

On this special occasion, we take the opportunity to recognize their efforts and celebrate their successes. Their actions help clean up Lake Simcoe, restore the banks of our rivers and streams, improve the health of our soil, conserve our pr​ecious water resources and contribute to healthier communities.

The 2023 award nominations are now open. Nominate a Watershed Hero today!

​Award Winners

​​​​Healthy Water
Healthy Land
Healthy Community
​​Distinguished Achievement Award​​Steve Schaefer standing in front of pine trees
​​​​​​​​Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist​​a group of young teenage girls from Enviroventure standing by some trees with a garbage bag and rake
​​George R. Richardson Award of Honour​​Herb Quan standing outdoors in front of a body of water holding his award

Award Categories​

Healthy Water

The Healthy Water Award is presented to individuals and groups who have completed a project that improves, supports or p​rotects the water quality in the Lake Simcoe watershed. Projects could include stormwater management, water conservation, streambank and shoreline restoration or stabilization, low impact development techniques and source water protection.​

Healthy Land

This award celebrates improvement projects that help to support and protect natural heritage feature’s​ including woodlands, wetlands and their functions; wildlife habitat; biodiversity and ecological restoration; soil erosion; and trail development.  

Healthy Community

The Healthy Communities Award celebrates individuals or groups in our watershed who have completed a project that increases community connections and engagement through events, fairs and festivals; tree plantings; clean-ups and community programs. Italso acknowledges significant traditional media or social media coverage; delivering innovative environmental programs or services; as well as sharing knowledge and information through campaigns.​

Distinguished Achievement Award

This award is presented to individuals or groups for noteworthy achievements in innovation and/or leadership in the field of conservation, and is nominated by Conservation Authority staff.​

Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award

Awarded to individuals and groups that are 30 years of age or younger and are involved in a significant leadership role in a conservation project or with a conservation-based group or organization. ​

George R. Richardson Award of Honour

Awarded to one recipient only, each year, to honour and recognize lifetime environmental achievement.​

Media Contact:

Katarina Zeppieri
Phone: 905-895-1281 x 116
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437


Thank you for submitting your 2023 award nominations. Nominations are now closed.

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