Conservation Authority watershed report cards report on the state of Ontario's watersheds so residents are aware of their local conditions and also so that informed decisions can be made to ensure the ongoing resiliency and sustainability of our water and land resources. This is a reporting process that gets scientific information to local decision-makers in watersheds across Ontario.
This year, for the first time ever, Conservation Authorities are reporting on local watershed conditions using a standardized set of indicators and evaluation, focusing on surface water quality, forest cover and groundwater quality. The Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards are being launched to celebrate Canada Water Week – March 18 – 22, 2013. They report on surface and groundwater quality in addition to forest conditions.
To get a look at the provincial picture, visit Conservation Ontario's Watershed Checkup webpage.
Hamilton Conservation Authority's 2013 Report Card
The Watershed Report Card is a report on the ecosystem health of the region. There are five key measurements in the Hamilton Conservation Authority's Watershed Report Card:
- Forest Conditions
- Surface Water Quality
- Riparian Buffers
- Impervious Surfaces
About Watershed Report Cards
Watershed report cards are an important management and evaluation tool for Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other partners to measure environmental change and target programs. They will also improve local knowledge and motivate action.
Ontario's water and land resources and natural systems provide important ecological, economic and societal benefits and should be protected. Conservation Authority programs contribute to healthy watersheds which helps to protect our own health.