Credit River Watershed Report Card 2013
It’s Report Card time! Remember the stress and excitement of report card time in school? What would your grades be? Have you passed all your classes? And, most importantly, what would your parents say?
Just like school report cards, the Credit River Watershed Report Card grades the health of the Credit River Watershed using letter grades from A (Excellent) to F (Very Poor). The goal of the Watershed Report Card is to provide accessible information on the state of ecosystem health in the Credit River Watershed. This is so residents are aware of the conditions and so informed decisions can be made to ensure ongoing resiliency and sustainability of water and land resources.
Just as school report cards grade different subjects, the Watershed Report Card grades three different categories of ecosystem health:
- Surface Water Quality
- Forest Conditions
- Groundwater Quality
An A grade shows that ecosystem health is excellent. In these areas, CVC and our many partners will continue to protect and enhance the natural environment to maintain the high grades.
Low grades of D or F show where ecosystem health in the watershed would benefit from continued restoration, remediation, stewardship and management from CVC and all its partners.
Grades for ecosystem health typically decline around urban and suburban areas because of reduced natural vegetation and increased impervious or paved surfaces. Implementing programs such as Rattray Marsh restoration, Low Impact Development practices, stream bank stabilization and tree planting are just some examples of how CVC and our partners are working together to improve long term health of the natural environment of the watershed.
For more information about Conservation Ontario’s CHECK UP of watershed health throughout the province, visit www.watershedcheckup.ca .