Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018

New, updated Watershed Report Cards are here

Ausable Bayfield Conservation prepares Watershed Report Cards every five years as a summary of the state of your forests and water resources. The new, updated Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card (2018) is here on this page.

Summary Brochure - 2018 Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card

Full Report - Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018

For reasons of file size, the full report of the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018, is separated into the following sections:

Watershed Report Card Interactive Map

Check here for links to the Watershed Report Card for your local watershed in the Ausable Bayfield area. Click on the link to each file or click on the map to get the report for your local subwatershed. The newest Watershed Report Card is 2018. All documents are Adobe PDF format. Each link will open a new window in your browser.

watershed map

 

Here are the links to the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card current web pages and PDF document:

The most recent report cards are from 2018. Three sets of report cards have been prepared - in 2018; 2013; and 2007.

For comparison purposes, here are the links to the past Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card web pages (2013 and 2007):

About Watershed Report Cards

Report cards give residents information to protect and enhance watershed resources.

Report card standards were developed for consistent reporting across Ontario.

Report cards are based on forest, surface water quality, and groundwater quality conditions in 16 subwatersheds in watersheds of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) area. These include three Bayfield River subwatersheds, eight Ausable River subwatersheds, two Parkhill Creek subwatersheds, Mud Creek, and two smaller Lake Huron subwatersheds.

Watershed Report Cards tell you about your watershed - where more work is needed and where work has been achieving positive results.

They also provide you with things you, your community, and local agencies can do to help protect and improve watershed health.

They offer 'Thumbs Up' congratulations to watershed community partners creating awareness and taking positive action - they also offer a 'top action' that is needed in each of 16 local subwatersheds.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land drained by a creek or stream into a river which then drains into a body of water such as a lake or pond. Everything in a watershed is connected. Our actions upstream affect conditions downstream.

Why measure? Measuring helps us to better understand this watershed. We can target our work where it is needed and track progress.

We measured:

  • Forest conditions
  • Wetland cover
  • Surface water quality
  • Groundwater quality
  • Overwinter vegetative cover

How healthy are Ontario's watersheds? Visit Conservation Ontario's Watershed Checkup site to find out more:

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