CVC, in conjunction with Conservation Ontario, has launched the Credit River Watershed Report Card 2013 to provide a CHECK UP on the health of the watershed.

The purpose of this report card is to report on the health of the CreditRiver watershed by looking at key environmental indicators. Monitoring and reporting on the indicators helps us better understand the watershed so collectively, we are aware of local conditions and so informed decisions can be made to protect or improve the health of our water and land resources.

The Credit River Watershed Report Card 2013 is a snapshot of conditions in our watershed for data collected from 2007 to 2011. It reports on three environmental categories:  groundwater quality, forest condition and surface water quality. Conditions are graded from A (excellent) to F (very poor).

Generally, our groundwater measures scored well (Bs and Cs), however, forest condition and water quality scores raise concerns (Ds and Fs). Typically, grades for surface water quality and forest condition decrease around urban and suburban areas because there are less natural areas and vegetation, and more impervious or paved surfaces.

One of the biggest threats we need to tackle is stormwater runoff in both urban and rural areas, which can carry pollutants into rivers and lakes and cause erosion and flooding. We also need to do a better job of protecting and restoring existing natural areas.

CVC and our many partners and agencies are working hard. We are leaders in Low Impact Development practises to prevent stormwater runoff and instead, keep water on the landscape and moving through the water cycle. Programs such as Rattray Marsh restoration, stream bank stabilization and tree planting are just a few examples of how we’re working together to improve long term conditions and health of the watershed.

Why should this matter to you?  Because a healthy watershed provides us with safe drinking water, clean air, access to green areas and outdoor activities, and provides a foundation for a good part of Ontario’s economy.

Take time to read the Credit River Watershed Report Card 2013.  Learn more about our watershed and contact us with your interest to help and ideas about ways you can help.

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