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NPCA LAUNCHES NPCADIALOGUE.CA

WELLAND, Ont. (March 19, 2018)–Today, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) launched a website with the purpose of continuing its commitment to openness and transparency with the residents of the watershed.

In 2017, 39 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were received by the organization requesting information such as NPCA Board Member and staff expenses, contracts, and staff salaries. The Board of Directors is completely removed from the FOI process, but understands it takes a lot of staff resources to go through the requested documents, of which some are several hundred pages.

“We decided to launch this website to make these documents available and further our commitment to transparency. It made sense to us, in support of the Board of Directors’ continued push for transparency, to make this information easily and equally accessible to everyone via a website,” said NPCA Communications Manager, Michael Reles. “This will not only alleviate the demand on staff time, but will also serve as a platform for the NPCA to proactively disclose information to the public when possible.”

“Releasing this information publicly shows our commitment to an open dialogue with the watershed community. I am proud of our staff for all of the hours they put into making this happen as well as the Board of Directors who have been relentless in their pursuit to be forthcoming with our residents,” said CAO Mark Brickell. “We look forward to having conversations with the community and addressing any questions or concerns in the most useful and respectful way possible.”

At the direction of NPCA Chair Sandy Annunziata, the organization has been diligent in its pursuit to show the public that it is accountable.

NPCADIALOGUE.CA is meant to do more than release requested documents. It explains how NPCA is funded, houses reviews and audits in an easily accessible way, and explains what NPCA does.

For more information about the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, please visit www.npca.ca. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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About NPCA:

The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the watershed, with programs that focus on initiatives that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion— while retaining the safety of our drinking water.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is a registered charitable organization.

Questions related to the above release should be directed to:
Krystle Caputo, Communications Specialist
905.788.3135 ext.235
Mobile: 289-241-5190
kcaputo@npca.ca