Hamilton Watershed Stewardship Program

Hamilton Watershed Stewardship Program

The Hamilton Watershed Stewardship Program (HWSP) works with landowners in the Hamilton Conservation Authority watershed, providing advice on environmentally friendly ways of managing properties with natural features such as woodlots, wetlands, meadows and creeks.

What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is the act of caring for the land to the best of one’s ability, to maintain it in a healthy state for today and for future generations.


What is a Watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. Homes, farms, cottages, forests, small towns, big cities and more can make up watersheds. Some cross municipal, provincial and even international borders. They come in all shapes and sizes and can vary from millions of acres, like the land that drains into the Great Lakes, to a few acres that drain into a pond.