Watershed Report Cards
NPCA 2012 Watershed Report Cards
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to present the 2012 Watershed Report Card. Since 2005 the NPCA and its partners have produced report cards to inform its residents on the overall health of the NPCA watershed. The 2012 NPCA 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. This standardized reporting format also provides an opportunity to compare the health of the NPCA watershed with other watersheds in Ontario.
The 2012 NPCA Watershed Report Card consists of 8 Watershed Planning Area (WPA) sections which contain 44 individual report cards. Each section provides information on Watershed Characteristics, Stewardship Highlights, and Groundwater. In addition, within each WPA the NPCA assesses and grades surface water quality and forest conditions. Surface water quality indicators include total phosphorus, bacteria (E. coli) and benthic invertebrate community. Forest condition indicators include percent forest cover, percent forest interior, and percent riparian zone forested. The NPCA has used the best available data to produce these Report Cards. This Watershed Report Card does not include grades for the entire NPCA watershed because there was limited data available. These watersheds include the Welland Canal watershed and many small watersheds that drain into Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. These watersheds are marked as insufficient data on all mapping in the NPCA Watershed Report Card.
Surface water quality grades for the NPCA watersheds range from C to F with the majority of watersheds scoring D. Overall, the poorest water quality scores were in the Niagara-on-the-Lake watersheds Two Mile Creek and Four Mile Creek. The highest surface water quality report score was found in the Lower Twelve Mile Creek watershed.
Forest condition grades range from B to F with the majority of the watersheds scoring D. The lowest forest condition report card grade scores were found in the Lake Ontario South Shore watershed (Forty Mile Creek), Niagara-on-the-Lake watershed (Two Mile Creek and Eight Mile Creek), Twelve Mile Creek (Beaver Dams Creek) and Upper Welland River watershed (Buckhorn Creek & Welland River Binbrook). The highest forest condition scores were found in the Lake Erie North Shore (Beaver Dams Drain and Point Abino Drain) and South Niagara Falls watershed (Bayer Creek).
Despite the poor grades in the NPCA Watershed Report Cards, there are many examples in the NPCA watershed where there are positive actions of individuals, organizations and municipalities on private and public lands. These actions will result in better watershed health and provide benefits to water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, improved forest conditions and the quality of life of residents as well. It is anticipated that these collective efforts will improve future grades in every new report card.
2012 Watershed Report Card Document Directory
Archived Watershed Report Cards
|2007 Watershed Report Card|
|2006 Watershed Report Card|
|2005 Watershed Report Card|