Welcome to Conservation Sudbury

Who Are We?

Conservation Sudbury (Nickel District Conservation) is one of Ontario's 36 community based, watershed stewardship agencies. Our main goal is to ensure healthy interaction between the watersheds, the natural environment and the local economy. Our area of jurisdiction includes the watersheds of the Wanapitei, Vermilion and Whitefish Rivers. We provide important conservation services primarily within the City of Greater Sudbury in a total watershed area of approximately 9,150 square kilometres.

Bohemian waxwing - Lake Laurentian Conservation Area

Forces of Change

We operate based on specific principles:

  • Changing climate impacts are real;
  • Partnering, collaborating and sharing expertise is essential;
  • Technology is forcing organizations to provide real time service delivery;
  • Green spaces, clean water, a healthy environment attract and keep citizens in the area; and
  • Maintaining a healthy natural environment improves the health and well-being of all watershed residents.

Managing Our Watersheds Today - For Tomorrow

Our watersheds are made up of communities:

  • places where we live,
  • work,
  • gather and play.

We have a responsibility to help the residents in our watershed communities. To do that, we must consider how changes in our landscapes impact our watershed ecosystems and communities

Since 1973, when Conservation Sudbury (Nickel District Conservation) was established, the well-being of present and future generations has always been front and centre.

Conservation Sudbury (Nickel District Conservation) responsibilities include:

  • flood control,
  • hazard land management,
  • environmental education,
  • drinking water source protection,
  • watershed stewardship and much more.

With the looming impacts of our changing climate, Conservation Sudbury (Nickel District Conservation) must ready the community for the inevitable impacts on our water systems, water resources and land based resources valued by all the communities in our watersheds.

We are committed to ensuring that our watersheds will continue to be resilient and sustainable in the face of change and emerging issues.

We are proud of and want to share the successes of our watershed stewardship vision and actions with all residents, partners and organizations.


Current Weather


Flood Status


For more information on condition messages please see the Flood Status Page.

Low Water Status


Go to the Low Water Status page for more information.

Event Highlights

Those Amazing Bats Workshop

Spend the evening with biologist, Franco Mariotti, who will introduce you to the fascinating lives of bats.

Is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air?bat workshop 2015

To watch our Outdoor Feature Film – "Water on the Table!" Doors open at the Nature Chalet (2309 South Bay Rd.)

CLICK HERE for more details.


Ontario Conservation Healthy Hikes challenge

Starting May 1st - Oct 31st 2015

We invite everyone to hike our Lake Laurentian Conservation Area trails!

Gain bonus points by attending a "Healthy Hikes" event!2015bonus challange

DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER! and for contest rules at the HealthyHikes.ca to log your points to win prizes!

Want some other ideas of where to "Explore the Shores" in other Conservation Areas in Ontario?

CLICK HERE for a list of a few ideas. or visit Conservation Ontario for a full list and maps.

Nickel District Conservation Authority

“Working with you...For our Environment...Our Future.”