Ontario’s water and land resources provide important ecological, economic and societal benefits and should be protected. Forests, lakes, rivers, natural spaces, wetlands, soils, plants and animals are all necessary for clean air, safe drinking water, sustainable water supplies, food, fuel, energy and – most importantly - healthy bodies and minds.
Challenges such as urbanization and climate change significantly impact the health of our environment. In order to rebuild natural resilience, manage the increasing impacts on natural ecosystems, and plan for future sustainability needed to support a healthy society, it is critical that we know the state of Ontario’s watersheds.
A new series of Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards provide us with a Check Up on some of the key resources on which we depend. They track and report on the surface and groundwater quality as well as forest conditions in many watersheds across Ontario. The report cards will be produced once every five years.
Reporting on Watersheds
A watershed is an area of land that drains to one water body (marsh, lake, etc). Everything is connected in a watershed and what happens upstream impacts conditions downstream.
Conservation Authorities are the only watershed management agencies in Ontario that are organized on a watershed basis.