The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority has passed its 2011 budget.
This year's budget resembles much like last years but is up slightly.
General Manager of the MVCA Phil Beard tells Bayshore Broadcasting News this year's budget totals 2.3 million dollars.
Beard says it's the same amount that the conservation authority used in 1993.
There are a couple projects the group is wanting to get a head start on this year.
Beard tells us an update to the falls reserve conservation area, and shoreline cleanup are in order.
He says they will also be looking at ways to control the gully erosion.
Beard adds they have over 130 eroding gully's between Amberley and Bayfield.
He notes they won't all be cleaned up because to address each gully would cost up too 100 million dollars.
The general levy for 2011 is just over a million dollars.
Beard tells us that's up 60 thousand dollars from last year.
Beard says the general levy increase is a result of higher operating costs and wage increases.