MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED – The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) will host its 53rd annual general meeting tomorrow (Feb. 17) in the world wide web.

While it’s too late to submit comments, it’s not too late to attend, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do it.

“The regular MVCA general membership meeting schedule is being maintained; however, meetings will be held virtually,” the MVCA released in a statement. “Written submissions will be received up to 48 hours prior to the meeting. In this case, the comments will be distributed to the board and received at the scheduled meeting; however, they will not be published in the online agenda.”

It’s a full agenda for the AGM which starts Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.

The meeting is full of talking points, commemorations and reports. Of possible interest to the West Carleton community will be a commemoration to former Carleton Place councillor and West Carleton Review editor Theresa Fritz who passed away suddenly late last year.

Phil Sweetnam will be honoured for his 40th anniversary as an MVCA member.

MVCA water technologist Jen North will provide an outlook on the potential flood outlook. Carp’s own Janet Mason will give the 2020 chair’s report. As with all AGMs, a 2020 audited financial report will be provided and an election of officers will also be held.

If you would like to participate you can contact the MVCA by emailing info@mvc.on.ca

On Friday, Feb. 19 at 12:15 p.m. the MVCA will host its monthly Lunchtime Talks, this time with a focus on waterfront properties.

“The MVCA is currently working on a new integrated Watershed Plan to help guide long term activities within the watershed,” the MVCA said. “The new plan will reflect current watershed conditions and anticipated watershed management needs related to climate change, changes in land use and a changing environment.”

MVCA has been working with a Public Advisory committee (PAC) which consists of representatives from across the watershed to develop a Discussion Paper series highlighting key issues and present potential actions to address those issues.

“This will form the basis for consultation with our many stakeholders and watershed communities – our partners in developing the Mississippi River Watershed Plan,” the MVCA said. “The MVCA is hosting a series of virtual Lunchtime Talks to encourage public engagement. If you’re unable to attend a session, the full seminar will be posted online.”

To register for the Lunchtime Talk, click here.