Watershed Report Cards

A watershed report card is a management and evaluation tool that allows conservation authorities and their partners to better target programs and measure environmental change.

The watershed report cards are a useful method to deliver a vast amount of technical information in a readily-understandable and interesting way. Municipalities, agencies, and other stakeholders can use the outcomes of the report cards to assist their programs.

Watershed report cards are designed to be an ongoing product and will be updated once every five years. Conservation authorities throughout the province can continue to provide information and updates on issues and conditions in many other ways in between report cards.

Why Monitor Ontario's Watersheds?

Watershed monitoring helps us:

  • to identify issues, project future conditions,
  • focus natural resource management actions where they are needed most, and
  • track progress over time.

Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards measure and report on three resource categories: Surface Water Quality, Forest Conditions, and Groundwater Quality. Each category has a set of indicators as shown in the table below.

 Surface Water Quality  Forest Conditions  Groundwater Quality
  • Total Phosphorous
  • Escherichia coli (E.Coli) Bacteria
  • Benthic Macroinvertebrates
  • % Forest Cover
  • % Forest Interior
  • % Riparian Zone Forested
  • Nitrite + Nitrate
  • Chloride

Not every Conservation Authority has equal resources to track and analyze local conditions. Many authorities have not been collecting data for the same length of time and can note on the report cards if there is insufficient or no data available for a given indicator.

For more detailed information on the indicators and how each is calculated, please see the 2011 Guide to Developing Conservation Authority Watershed Report Cards. 

Ramsey Lake Watershed Report Card

Conservation Sudbury released its first watershed report card focusing on one of the City's most important watersheds.

Please click on the link to read about how the Ramsey Lake watershed measures up.

Ramsey Lake Watershed Report Card

Conservation Authorities Check Upwww.watershedcheckup.ca

Canada Water Weekwww.canadawaterweek.com