Con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity di­rec­tor is mov­ing on

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - VA­LERIE MAC­DON­ALD vmac­don­ald@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_v­mac­don­ald

GA­NARASKA RE­GION — A long­time lo­cal wa­ter­shed di­rec­tor with the Ga­naraska Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (GRCA) head­quar­tered in Port Hope is leav­ing.

Mark Pea­cock is tak­ing a pro­mo­tion to gen­eral man­ager with the Lower Thames Val­ley Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity near the City of Catham in early De­cem­ber, he said dur­ing an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day.

His area of re­spon­si­bil­ity is the bot­tom or “lower half of the Themes Val­ley.”

It is a larger area that the GRCA and a “much big­ger river” and the po­si­tion brings new chal­lenges and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, Pea­cock said.

With his chil­dren grown, he said this was a good time to make a move in his ca­reer.

Among the projects he has over­seen through­out the years here is the Wa­ter Source Pro­tec­tion Plan for the wa­ter­shed, pro­grams deal­ing with well wa­ter, area flood­ing and wa­ter con­sump­tion pro­to­cols through drought pe­ri­ods.

This past spring ex­ces­sive wa­ter in the sys­tem, and re­sult­ing high lev­els due to rains and runoff was a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue for Pea­cock and GRCA staff. Pea­cock leaves Dec. 8. It will be up to the GRCA board to de­ter­mine how to deal with this va­cancy.

MARK PEA­COCK

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