Today, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) released its 2023 Subwatershed Health Checks.
These reports offer information on the health of forests, wetlands, streams and groundwater across the Nottawasaga Watershed from 2017 to 2021. They also identify future challenges and opportunities to improve ecological health.
“Overall, we are seeing a loss of natural spaces, mainly due to land use changes. Despite this downward trend, some parts of the watershed are seeing positive change thanks to watershed residents, farmers, municipalities, volunteers and other environmental champions who are committed to restoring our environment.”Ian Ockenden, Acting Watershed Science Supervisor at NVCA
The health checks cover the entire Nottawasaga Watershed and all subwatersheds in the NVCA jurisdiction. These geographic areas are smaller basins within the larger watershed – think smaller bowls within one big bowl. Water from each subwatershed contribute to streams connected to the main Nottawasaga River, which flows into Georgian Bay.
“The subwatershed health checks provide crucial information to anyone who live, work and play in our watershed. They help us measure what worked and what didn’t work in development and policy planning, and also guide us to make better informed decisions for the future.”Gail Little, Chair of NVCA
To produce the health checks, NVCA’s Watershed Science team analyzed the most up to date data sources available, such as aerial photos, maps, provincial groundwater and stream health data, and the types of insects that live in rivers in the watershed.
For information about your local subwatershed or which subwatershed covers your municipality, visit nvca.on.ca.
About NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.