Credit River Watershed Plan

Planning for the Future

CVC is asking for your help developing a new watershed plan for the Credit River Watershed that will use the latest science and data to inform restoration and municipal land use and infrastructure planning.

The watershed planning process is a collaborative effort between CVC, partner municipalities, community groups and associations, local residents and businesses, and other partners.

You can be a part of the watershed plan, too. Together, let’s create a watershed plan that protects, connects, and sustains us.

The Credit River Watershed

No matter where you live or work, we are all located in a watershed. A watershed is simply defined as an area of land that drains surface water and groundwater into a river or stream.

Map of the Credit River Watershed

Situated within one of the most-densely populated regions of Canada, the Credit River Watershed contains some of the most diverse landscapes in southern Ontario. The Credit River is almost 90 km long and meanders southeast from its headwaters in Orangeville, Erin and Mono, through nine municipalities, eventually draining into Lake Ontario at Port Credit in Mississauga. Learn more about the Credit River Watershed.

Credit Valley Conservation ReportThe First Credit River Watershed Plan – 1956

The Credit Valley Conservation Report, 1956 was produced over three years by the Ontario Department of Planning and Development. E.F. (Ted) Sutter worked on surveys for this report for two years and was appointed field officer for CVC in 1956, making him our first employee. This initial watershed plan has shaped and informed the management of the Credit River Watershed for the last 65 years.

Read the Credit Valley Conservation Report, 1956 >

A Renewed Focus

The new watershed plan will allow us to establish goals, objectives and actions for the protection of natural resources, the management of human activities, land, water and wildlife. Watershed planning is holistic and cross-jurisdictional, addressing current and future watershed-wide threats to the environment.

Creating the Watershed Plan

Phase 1 – The Evolution of the Watershed (2021)
The first phase of the Watershed Plan will tell the story of the health of the Credit River Watershed and how it has evolved from the 1950s to today.

Phase 2 – Understanding Watershed Health (2022)
The second phase of the plan will look towards the future (to 2051). We’ll project how the health of the Credit River Watershed may be affected by changing climate and land use, and the actions we take.

Phase 3 – Making a Blueprint (2022-2023)
In the final phase, we’ll develop a blueprint with a call to action to protect, restore, enhance, and ensure the long-term health of the Credit River Watershed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a watershed?
A watershed plan is a tool that helps us understand the past and plan for the future health of the watershed. It identifies current and future stream, groundwater, and habitat health, identifies problems, and proposes solutions.

What is a watershed plan?
A watershed plan is a tool that helps us understand the past and plan for the future health of the watershed. It identifies current and future water quality, health, and environmental problems as well as proposes solutions.

Why do we need a new watershed plan?
CVC’s first watershed plan was completed in 1956.  The new watershed plan will allow us to take into account the latest science and data, as well as stakeholder and community input to establish long-term priorities for CVC and municipal partners, setting the stage for CVC’s scope of work for years to come.

How can I provide input?
We are engaging in meaningful collaboration with CVC technical experts, partners, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public over the course of the watershed plan’s development. We will be hosting public consultation activities at key stages of the project, please visit this page often or sign up for project updates. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback about the project.

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Get Involved

The community’s voice is an integral part of this process. By seeking the community’s input, the plan can be tailored to address local feedback and concerns. The engagement plan for this project has two goals:

1) To provide key partners, community organizations, and the public with the opportunity to provide input and feedback to inform the watershed plan

2) To raise awareness regarding the development of the plan and the importance of watershed planning

Engagement opportunities will be provided throughout the planning process to answer questions and seek feedback on issues and opportunities.

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