March 22, 2018 CARLETON PLACE — The Mississippi Valley watershed received an “A” grade in its 2018 Watershed Report Card. Ontario Conservation Authorities (CAs) report on watershed conditions every five years using Conservation Ontario guidelines and standards developed by CAs and their partners. The report card enables CAs to evaluate its efforts and target areas of concern.
“Forest conditions range from A to C with mostly A grades, while surface water quality ranges from A to D with mostly A grades. In both cases, it transitions from “excellent” to “fair,” moving west to east from the Canadian Shield to the more agricultural and urbanized off shield areas,” said Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Biologist and co-author of the report Kelly Stiles. “Our wetlands range from A to B but many are close to the lower thresholds. Even small changes in conditions could have big impacts on each subwatershed’s overall rating.”
In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, Conservation Authorities across the province are launching their report cards to highlight the importance of protecting our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, all of which are necessary for clean air, safe drinking water, sustainable water supplies, food, fuel, energy and most important, healthy bodies and minds.
“The good thing about these scores is that they can be improved upon through relatively simple actions such as riparian tree and shrub plantings that can done on a small scale,” said Ms. Stiles. “MVCA reaches out to landowners, municipalities and business owners to help them play a role in improving the health of the watershed through a free shoreline plating program, lake stewardship planning help and community based shoreline stewardship initiatives.”
MVCA’s 2018 Watershed Report Card can be viewed at http://mvc.on.ca/watershed-report-card/. You can access other report cards and find more information about the watershed report cards at www.watershedcheckup.ca. As well, a story map has been developed to show more detailed information about conditions across the province: www.stateofontariowatersheds.ca.
MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
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