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Welcome to the new website of the Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario (DSAO). Our main objective is helping the general public resolve their drainage concerns through the Ontario Drainage Act. This site may be of interest to anyone within the drainage industry or with an interest in municipal drainage works.



Upcoming events for 2014

2014 LICO/DSAO Convention


The 2014 LICO/DSAO Convention will be held from January 21st to 23rd, 2014 at the Lamplighter Inn in London. The draft convention brochure listing the topics being presented has been posted for your review. The Conference will be held at:
Lamplighter Inn
591 Wellington Road South
London, Ontario
Phone: 519-681-7151

The Red Cross first aid course and a tour of Wolfe Heavy Equipment are also being offered during the Convention. One change to note this year is the banquet which will be held on Wednesday night instead of Thursday night.

Please click on the links below for further information about the convention and its' affiliated courses.
Click here to view the LICO/DSAO Convention Brochure (Dec. 9).
Click here to view a letter from Joe Frankis, LICO President.
Click here to view the registration form.
Click here to view the registration form to tour Wolfe Heavy Equipment.
Click here to view the 2014 Red Cross course registration form.
Click here to view the LICO/DSAO Ladies Program.
Click here to view the LICO Presidents letter to exhibitors.
Click here to view the 2014 exhibitor registration form.

2014 Drainage Superintendents Course


The 2014 Drainage Superintendents Course will be held from March 1st to 7th, 2014 at the Ontario Government Building in Guelph. The course will cover topics including common Law as it relates to drainage, the role and responsibilities of the engineer under the Drainage Act, the process for developing new municipal drains and improving existing drains, municipal drain management, the roles, responsibilities and practical aspects of the drainage superintendent and the environmental regulations that impact municipal drains. The course will be held at:
Ontario Government Building
Conference Rooms 1 and 2
1 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2
591 Wellington Road South
London, Ontario
Phone: 519-681-7151

To register for this course and to obtain further information please click on the link below:
Click here to view the 2014 Drainage Superintendents Course Brochure.

2014 Rural Drainage Courses


The 2014 Rural Drainage Courses are being offered by OMAF. These 2-day courses will cover topics including Drainage law in general, including the common law as it relates to drainage, administrative procedures under the Drainage Act for new drains and the maintenance of existing drains, overview of drainage assessments, collecting grants, the roles and responsibilities of council,clerk, treasurer and drainage superintendents under the Drainage Act and the Tile Drainage Act. The locations and dates of these courses are listed below:
Guelph, February 11 - 12, 2014
London, March 18 - 19, 2014
Brockville, March 26 - 27, 2014

To register for these courses and to obtain further information please click on the link below:
Click here to view the 2014 Rural Municipal Courses Brochure.

Updated distribution maps for fish and mussel species at risk


Updated distribution maps for fish and mussel species at risk in Ontario have been finalized and are currently posted on Conservation Ontario’s website . These maps are valid for use until May 2014 and have been updated to include new data from Fisheries and Oceans, several Conservation Authorities, Species at Risk permits and reco
very team data. They are intended to replace the original maps that were posted on Conservation Ontario’s website last year.

These maps are proving to be a useful resource for integrating the Species at Risk Act (SARA) legislation into current referral review processes. The maps were designed to assist Drainage Superintendents in the screening of projects for the presence of aquatic species at risk at proposed development projects sites.
Click here to view the link on Conservation Ontario's website.


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Last updated: January 14, 2014