Lower Trent Conservation

What is a Watershed?

watershed.jpgA watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. Homes, farms, cottages, forests, small towns, big cities and more can make up watersheds. Some cross municipal, provincial and even international borders. They come in all shapes and sizes and can vary from millions of acres, like the land that drains into the Great Lakes, to a few acres that drain into a pond.

The Lower Trent Conservation watershed region includes the furthest downstream section of the Trent River watershed, encompassing 2,070 square kilometres. It includes the Trent River, which flows out of Rice Lake to the Bay of Quinte at Trenton, and the watersheds of eight main tributaries. The watershed region also includes a number of smaller watercourses that flow directly into Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte from Grafton to Quinte West.

To learn more about the health of the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region, see our 2018 Watershed Report Card.

  • Want to learn more about watersheds?  Check out Watersheds 101.
  • Backgrounder on Conservation Authorities and Watersheds
  • Canada Water Week website
  • Canadian Geographic Protect Your Water Resources website