2018 WATERSHED REPORT CARD

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WATERSHED REPORTING

Throughout the watershed, Long Point Region Conservation Authority staff collects standardized scientific data through established monitoring programs. Watershed Report Cards are a tool to communicate a vast amount of technical information on state of the watershed health to residents, businesses, municipalities, and other local decision makers in a standard, easily understood and concise manner.

Watershed reporting helps to:

  • Communicate baseline information on watershed health
  • Improve public awareness
  • Focus efforts for watershed plans and programs
  • Identify local and regional differences
  • Measure environmental change
  • Improve accountability to the public, municipalities, and stakeholders

Reporting on our environment is an adaptive process and the Watershed Report Cards will evolve over time, including new indicators that best represent our watershed and information as data becomes available.

To learn more about watershed monitoring and reporting including FAQ, visit Conservation Ontario’s website

 

 

 

 

2018 WRC SUMMARY OF RESULTS

The 2018 Long Point Region Watershed Report Card is based on data from 2012-2016, with the exception of groundwater which utilizes up to 10 years of available data.

  • Surface water quality grades range from C to D.
  • Forest conditions grades range from B to D.
  • Groundwater quality grades range from A-F. All of our reported wells received A grades for nitrate/nitrite concentrations. All reported wells received A grades for Chloride concentrations, except one which received an F grade.
  • Wetland cover grades for the watershed range from A to F. 

Many provincial targets (such as the Provincial Water Quality Objective) that assisted in the development of the Watershed Report Card grading system sit at a B grade.


KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!    

Learn more about the Watershed Report Card and how the data was collected.

 

What is a Watershed Report Card?  Ontario’s Conservation Authorities report on watershed conditions every five years. LEARN MORE

 

Surface Water Quality  Surface water includes any water collecting on the ground or in a stream, river, lake or wetland. Clean surface water is an important component of a healthy watershed. LEARN MORE 

 

Groundwater Quality   Groundwater is the primary source of water supply for residents, agriculture and industries in many areas of the Long Point Region watershed. LEARN MORE

 

 Forest Conditions   Trees and buffers provide many great benefits including improved air quality, providing climate moderation, intercepting water (which decreases soil erosion, provides groundwater recharge and reduces storm runoff to help prevent flooding), supply great habitat for wildlife, and offer recreational and economic opportunities. LEARN MORE

 

 Wetland Cover  Wetlands are an important, yet often overlooked, resource. Protecting and restoring wetlands is vital to conserving biodiversity and adapting to the impacts of climate change.LEARN MORE


DATA SOURCES

Data utilized for this WRC was possible thanks to LPRCA staff, partnerships with the MOECC and data made publicly available by the MNRF.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Program Partners do not assume any liability for any discrepancies, inaccuracies or gaps that may be present within the data. The data is considered to be Joint Intellectual Property between the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Program Partner.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Program Partners do not assume any liability for any discrepancies, inaccuracies or gaps that may be present within the data.