SURFACE WATER QUALITY MONITORING

Woman checking surface water

Throughout the watershed, Long Point Region Conservation Authority staff collects standardized scientific data through established monitoring programs. Monitoring helps us to better understand the impacts of land use activities on water quality so that informed decisions about managing and protecting our water resources can be made.  It can also help measure the effectiveness of programs and policies that are designed to protect and restore water quality.

Provincial Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program

Chemical analysis and identification of aquatic bugs are good indicators of water quality and stream habitat.

Since 2002, LPRCA has monitored surface water quality as part of the Ministry of Environment’s (MOE) Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network (PWQMN) and the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network.  Water samples are collected monthly (March to October) at 10 locations and analyzed for various parameters including chloride, nutrients and metals.  The sampling sites have been established in strategic locations throughout the watershed to ensure that monitoring covers a broad range of catchment areas.  Following high rainfall events, water samples are collected at one site as part of MOE’s Nutrient Management Sampling program.