MVCA completed its first Watershed Plan in 1982 and has since implemented many of its recommendations. A new Integrated Watershed Plan is needed to provide long term guidance for MVCA’s activities within the Mississippi River watershed. The new plan will reflect current watershed conditions and anticipated changes related to a changing climate, changes in land use and a changing environment. It will identify issues and challenges and will recommend actions aimed at maintaining a healthy river and watershed while balancing the needs of it many users. The Mississippi River Watershed Plan is set to be completed in 2021.
MVCA has been working with a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to develop a Discussion Paper which highlights key issues and presents a series of potential actions to address those issues. This forms the basis for consultation with our many stakeholders and watershed communities – our partners in developing the Mississippi River Watershed Plan.
A series of four Background Reports have been prepared to support the development of the Mississippi River Watershed Plan. The Backgrounders examine various characteristics of the Mississippi River Watershed, looking at past and current conditions and, where possible, anticipating future changes on the landscape.
Public Advisory Committee
The MVCA PAC provides a mechanism for the public to contribute to development of a watershed plan, follows the progress of the plan’s implementation and be aware of any issues or proposed changes to the plan. The Committee enhances the ability of MVCA and other partners to deliver on the management responsibilities outlined in the plan, but also provides a communications link with the public to foster and maintain credible relationships. The members of the PAC are broadly representative of the many and various interests and uses of the river throughout the watershed. The PAC reports to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Board of Directors. Final decisions on advice received from the PAC shall rest with the Board of Directors
Mississippi River Watershed Facts:
- With a drainage area of 3,750 km² the Mississippi River is one of the largest river systems in eastern Ontario.
- Supports a vast ecosystem made up of countless plants, animals, birds and other organisms.
- The health of the river and its watershed is vital to the ecological, social and economic wellbeing of its residents.
- The Mississippi River provides drinking water, replenishes wetlands and groundwater, provides essential habitat for fish and wildlife, supports recreation and tourism, provides water for agricultural crops and livestock and provides hydroelectric power. A growing list of stressors and challenges impact these functions and values both directly and indirectly. The Watershed Plan will focus on responding to such challenges.