The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Riverine Flood Status
Lake Simcoe Shoreline Status
Low Water Status

Conservation Awards

Celebrating Watershed Heroes​

Every day, caring and 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 they care about the world they live 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 precious water resources and contribute to healthier communities.

2024 Nominations are now Open. Deadline to submit your nomination is June 5, 2024 at midnight.

Award Winners

​​​​Healthy Water


​Healthy Land


Healthy Community


Distinguished Achievement Award

Steve Schaefer standing in front of pine trees

​​​​​​​​Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist​​

A young boy dressed in a complete scout uniform with hat and neckerchief, stands proudly beside a trail post

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. It also 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.​

phone icon   Who to Contact 

Katarina Zeppieri
905-895-1281 x 116
1-800-465-0437 Toll free

award nomination icon ​​Award nominations

2024 Nominations are now open. Deadline to submit your nomination is June 5, 2024 at midnight.

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