WATERSHED REPORT CARD

Watershed Report Card

Long Point Region Watershed Report Card 2013

The Long Point Region Watershed Report Card grades the watershed’s surface water quality, wetland cover and forest conditions, summarizes groundwater quality and provides recommended actions for improvement.  This is LPRCA’s first Watershed Report Card and it will be used as a starting point against which future report cards can be compared to identify trends in reported data.

The Report Card summarizes data collected from 2007 until 2011, and evaluates four key indicators based on provincial standards for watershed health.  Watershed Report Cards are designed to be an ongoing product and will be completed every five years.

Summary of Results

Surface water quality grades in the Long Point Region watershed range from C to D.  The watershed target is a B grade to meet provincial standards.  Protection and enhancement of wetlands, forests and riparian buffers can help to improve water quality by reducing the amount of pollutants entering watercourses.

Forest conditions grades within the Long Point Region watershed range from A to D.  To help achieve the target of a B grade, LPRCA, with its partners, offers a variety of programs to watershed landowners to grow forests and plant buffers.

Wetland cover grades for the watershed range from A to F. Contact the LPRCA for information on programs aimed at establishing and/or enhancing wetland features throughout the watershed.

In LPRCA’s watershed, there is:

  • 20% forest cover (30% is the target)
  • 3.5% forest interior (10% is the target)
  • 40% riparian zone forested (50% is the target)
  • 4.5% wetland cover (10% is the target)

 

Reporting on watershed health

Throughout the watershed, Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) staff collects standardized scientific data through established monitoring programs. Watershed Report Cards are a tool to communicate the state of the watershed to residents, businesses, municipalities, agencies and other groups, in a standard, easily understood and concise manner.

Watershed monitoring enables conservation authorities, municipalities, and other partners to target priorities and measure environmental change. The Watershed Reports also:

  • Help inform local watershed plans and programs.
  • Identify issues and project future conditions.
  • Focus natural resource management actions where they are needed most.
  • Track progress over time.

Reporting on our environment is an adaptive process and the Watershed Report Card will evolve over time, including new information to report on as data becomes available.  Check out LPRCA’s stewardship programs for suggestions on what you can do to improve our watershed!

To see information from Conservation Authorities across the province, go to Conservation Ontario’s website.