Watershed Report Cards
NPCA 2018 Watershed Report Card
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to present the 2018 Watershed Report Card—a check up on the health of the Niagara Peninsula watershed, focusing on surface and groundwater quality, forest conditions, and wetland cover.
Since 2005, the NPCA and its partners have produced report cards to inform its residents on the overall health of the Niagara Peninsula watershed. The 2018 Watershed Report Card is part of an initiative by conservation authorities to evaluate key indicators of watershed health with guidelines and grading system provided by Conservation Ontario.
The 2018 report card, despite some low grades, gives a clear snapshot of the status of the watershed in 2018, a baseline against which we can use to measure all future efforts. These grades are typical of watersheds in Southern Ontario. The good news is that the Niagara Peninsula watershed scored well with respect to groundwater quality, and the amount of wetland cover within its area, but there is still some work to do regarding the quality of surface water and forest cover.
The NPCA works in many local, provincial and federal partnerships with governments, other agencies, landowners, and residents to plan and deliver watershed management programs that strive to keep the Niagara Peninsula watershed healthy.
Back in October 2017, it announced eight exciting initiatives which set aggressive targets for improving water resource management and the overall health of the watershed. Environmental health is everyone’s responsibility, and these goals can’t be achieved without the help of the people of the watershed.
The watershed report cards are used to target specific actions to address issues and improve conditions. These actions can result in better watershed health and provide benefits to water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, improved forest conditions and quality of life for residents. It is anticipated that with the help of the people of the watershed, grades will improve over time.
Individuals, community groups, and businesses alike are encouraged to get involved and play a key role in improving the health of their watershed by planting native trees and/or rainwater gardens, sponsor community clean ups to keep waste and garbage out of natural areas, or invest in ‘greener’ alternatives to current practices.
To find out more about what individuals, community groups, and businesses can do to help, please see complete 2018 Niagara Peninsula Watershed Report Card.
Please note: The NPCA’s role is to evaluate the quality of local watersheds and provide that information to the public and our partners. By doing this, the NPCA can measure environmental change, improve local knowledge, focus natural resource management actions where they are needed most, and motivate action in our watershed. The NPCA’s water and land resources provide important ecological, economic, and societal benefits to its residents, and the organization continues to ensure its programs contribute to a healthier watershed.
The NPCA fulfills its responsibility to evaluate the quality of the watershed alongside upper and lower tier local municipalities, The Province of Ontario (MOECC, MNRF and OMARFA) and Environment Canada and Climate Change.
2012 Watershed Report Card Document Directory
Archived Watershed Report Cards
|2007 Watershed Report Card|
|2006 Watershed Report Card|
|2005 Watershed Report Card|