The Watershed Report Card provides a “CHECK UP” on the overall environmental health of the Lower Trent watershed region. Conservation Authorities across Ontario have prepared similar reports using a standardized grading system prepared by Conservation Ontario.
The Report Card outlines the current state of the region’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, forest and wetland resources.
Forests – Forests are good indicators of ecosystem health since they are home to plants and wildlife and help improve air and water quality.
Surface Water Quality – Chemical analysis and identification of aquatic bugs are good indicators of water quality and stream habitat.
Groundwater – Groundwater provides a source of water in springs and wells.
Wetlands – Wetlands are important for maintaining water quality and providing habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife.
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Summary of the Results
Forest conditions in most of the Lower Trent watershed region range from fair to good. The Trout Creek subwatershed rated poorly as the area is predominately agricultural. Excellent forest conditions are found in the Rawdon Creek subwatershed with almost half its area forested. For the entire Lower Trent watershed region, we are above the standard for forest cover (35 %), but fall below the standard for interior forest (8%) and riparian area forested (37%).
What we need to do?
Reforestation efforts need to directed at restoring connections between small forested areas and re-vegetating riparian zones.
Surface Water Conditions
Generall, surface water quality for subwatersheds across the region ranges from fair to good. Unfortunately, assignment of grades according to the Conservation Ontario guidelines limited due to insufficent data.
What we need to do?
Lower Trent Conservation will be reviewing its monitoring programs to establish a more comprehensive assessment of surface water quality and to align monitoring activities with provincial standards.
Lower Trent Conservation manages 10 groundwater monitoring wells across the watershed region. Unfortunately, groundwater quality was not graded because of the lack of consistent, long term data.
What we need to do?
Lower Trent Conservation will be reviewing its groundwater monitoring programs to ensure consistent data collection. We continue to be involved in the drinking water source protection program. Check out the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection website for some ideas on what you can do to protect groundwater resources.
Watershed Health – What it Means for You
Ontario’s natural resources provide important ecological, economic and societal benefits and should be protected. Forests, water resources, wetlands, soils, plants and animals are all necessary to produce goods and services such as clean sustainable water supplies, clean air, food, fuel, energy and healthy green spaces.
The Watershed Report Card provides residents, municipalities, industries and organizations with ideas on what they can do to improve the ecosystem health of the region. Planting trees, maintaining septic systems, eliminating use of lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides, and conserving water are simple actions that can have an impact on the region’s ecosystem health.
If we all work together, we can make a difference. Imagine if the 71,000 people living in our watershed region all made wise environmental choices! Improving the health of the watershed requires us to think and act on ways to balance environmental concerns with everyday life.
Check out our stewardship programs for suggestions on what you can do to improve our watershed!
Details on Report Cards for other parts of the Province can be found at www.watershedcheckup.ca