The purpose of the Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards is to report on the health of Ontario's watersheds through the use of key environmental indicators. They are a management and evaluation tool, which enable Conservation Authorities, municipalities, and other partners to target priorities and measure environmental change.
Watershed report cards are a successful way to deliver a vast amount of technical information in a readily understandable and interesting way. They improve local knowledge and help us make smart decisions that will protect important water and land resources.
The Conservation Authority watershed report cards are designed to be an ongoing product and will report once every five years. Conservation Authorities will continue to provide information and updates on issues and conditions in many other ways in between report cards.
How Do Watershed Report Cards Assist Local Planning and Programs?
Conservation Authorities believe an integrated watershed management approach is the best way to manage issues around water and related resources.
Integrated watershed management (IWM) is the process of managing human activities and natural resources on a watershed basis, taking into account social, economic and environmental issues, as well as community interests in order to manage water resources sustainably.
This approach allows us to address multiple issues and objectives, and enables us to plan within a very complex and uncertain environment. Conservation Authorities call for the Province to confirm their support for using the integrated watershed management approach to build resilient watersheds and protect the health of Ontario residents.
Watershed monitoring and reporting is an important part of the IWM process.