Cataraqui Region Watershed Report Card
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority has released a new watershed report card as a big-picture summary of current conditions in the region. The report card tracks and reports on Groundwater Quality, Surface Water Quality, Forest Conditions and Wetland Conditions within the Cataraqui watersheds. Ontario’s Conservation Authorities report on watershed conditions every five years. The report cards use Conservation Ontario guidelines and standards developed by Conservation Authorities and their partners.
Watershed Report Cards
Why report on watershed health?
Watershed monitoring allows Conservation Authorities and partners to better target programs and measure environmental change. The report also help identify environmental problems and issues within local watersheds and identify specific areas that need protecting or restoring. Conservation Authorities address issues and concerns identified in watershed report cards through local programs often in partnership with landowners, other agencies, community groups, municipalities and other government agencies. Visit www.watershedcheckup.ca to see the collection of report cards from other Conservation Authorities.
What are our region's priority concerns?
Overall, conditions are good; however:
- Some lake experience algae blooms
- Water quality in urban areas is being affected by runoff carrying pollutatns
- Septic systems in our vulnerable groundwater environment are causing pollution
- Some watersheds have low forest and/or wetland cover
What can your community do?
- Develop and follow watershed plans to protect locally important areas, water quality and habitat
- Improve municipal infrastructure including stormwater retrofits to provide quality treatment
- Support local initiatives to restore degraded areas
- Collaborate and support local water monitoring
What can you do? Be a watershed steward!
- Maintain a wide natural buffer of plants and trees around shorelines of lakes, rivers and streams
- Use green alternative cleaning products
- Avoid fertilizing your lawn
- Ensure your septic systems are properly sized and maintained
- Do not store gasoline, cleaning products or chemical 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 into 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 cautions 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