The Watershed Report Card provides a snapshot of current conditions in the Cataraqui watershed. The resource categories measured in the report cards are Surface Water Quality, Groundwater Quality, Forest Conditions and Wetland Conditions with a set of indicators for each category. The Conservation Authority watershed report cards are designed to be an ongoing product with a schedule of reporting once every five years. Our last Watershed Report Card was in 2009.
The report cards allow the public to see the health of their local watersheds. They also allow Conservation Authorities and partners to better target programs and measure environmental change as they help us to identify environmental problems and issues within local watersheds, identifying specific areas we need to protect, restore or manage. Conservation Authorities address issues and concerns identified in watershed report cards through local programs often in partnership with landowners, other agencies, community groups and municipalities or other government agencies.
Be a Watershed Steward!
- Maintain a wide natural buffer of plants and trees around shorelines of lakes, rivers and streams
- Use phosphate-free soaps and detergents and avoid fertilizing your lawn
- Ensure your septic systems are properly sized and maintained
- Do not store gasoline, cleaning products or chemicals near wells
- Make sure wells are properly capped and that abandoned wells are sealed properly
- Ensure septic systems are properly sized and maintained
- Farmers should implement proper manure storage, avoid spreading in winter and avoid spreading near watercourses
- Find alternatives to livestock entering creeks, rivers or lakes
- Remember that in most of the city everything entering a storm drain goes untreated to the lake. This includes oils, road salt, and runoff from your driveway
- Avoid pesticides and fertilizers on lawns
- Pick up after pets
- Plant native species
- Support urban reforestation efforts
- Do not release live bait when fishing
- Wash the hull of your boat before transferring to a different lake
- Be cautious when fueling a boat in water
- Use 4 stroke outboard motors if motoring
- Properly maintain your boat and motor
- Obey speed signs in erosion sensitive low wake areas