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Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
AbbreviationUTRCA
Formation1947
Typeconservation organization based in London, Ontario, Canada
Legal statusactive
Purposeadvocate and public voice, educator and network
HeadquartersLondon, Ontario, Canada
Region served
London, Ontario, Canada
Official language
English, French
Website

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is a body based in London, Ontario, Canada. It was created in 1947. It was responsible for the construction of the Fanshawe Dam, completed in the 1950s, to control flooding from the Thames River, which runs through London. During the last ice age, the site of London was the terminus of a large glacier. When the region warmed at the end of the ice age, the glacier melted and receded North, leaving behind a drainage ditch and features such as Sifton Bog. As such, the Thames is a watershed for most of Western Ontario, and is therefore highly susceptible to seasonal flooding. In 1937, such flooding had devastating consequences, destroying over 1,000 homes, and causing millions of dollars in damage.

Today, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is mainly a not-for-profit agency which monitors flora and fauna welfare in the area and gives tours to local kids on school field trips.

Conservation areas

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority manages three conservation areas:

Wetlands

North: Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
West: St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority East: Grand River Conservation Authority
South: Kettle Creek Conservation Authority

Catfish Creek Conservation Authority