The Grand River Conservation Authority manages water and other natural resources on behalf of 39 municipalities and close to one million residents of the Grand River watershed.
The watershed is the largest in southern Ontario. The Grand flows from Dufferin County in the north to Lake Erie in the south.
The GRCA, with headquarters in Cambridge, ON is the oldest water management agency in Canada and one of the oldest in the world.
The GRCA board passes a budget each February. About one-third of its revenue comes from the municipalities and about 10 per cent from the Ontario government. The remainder is self-generated revenue from park and camping fees, hydroelectricity generation, fees for service and other sources.
The money is spent on flood control, protecting environmentally important areas, providing recreational opportunities and promoting environmental stewardship in urban and rural areas.
The Grand River Conservation Foundation is the fund-raising partner of the GRCA. Since its founding in 1965 it has raised more than $11 million to support GRCA programs and projects.