Watershed Health Monitoring

Otonabee Conservation staff use an integrated, science-based approach to understanding the ecological processes and state of natural resources in the watershed.  Crews can be regularly seen in action monitoring water quality and quantity through partnership programs such as the Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network, Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network and the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network.  Otonabee Conservation also participates in research and technical studies with a variety of partners.

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Did you know that together, Ontario’s Conservation Authorities monitor 1,129 surface water sites and 489 groundwater sites? Learn more about how Conservation Authorities contributes to healthy watersheds.

Why monitor? Information collected through monitoring programs is used by Conservation Authorities across Ontario to produce a Watershed Report Card every 5 years. A standardized set of indicators is used to evaluate the health of the watershed including information on surface water quality, forest cover, groundwater resources and wetlands.  Watershed Report Cards also include information about CA programs and activities and practical ways that individuals can help protect watershed health.

The first Otonabee Region Watershed Report Card was published in 2013.  Our second Watershed Report Card was issued in 2018.

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To learn more about the health of watersheds across Ontario, please visit the State of Ontario’s Watersheds story map.

To view Watershed Report Cards from Conservation Authorities across the Province, click on the icon below.

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Otonabee Conservation also undertakes a variety of research activities, monitoring programs and studies on behalf of municipal partners at specific locations throughout the watershed.  Contact us for more details.

Interested in monitoring?  Check out the following citizen science programs, which allow you to contribute valuable watershed health data.  You can monitor local bird and amphibian populations, report invasive species and assist in documenting local occurrences of species at risk. Many of these programs even allow you to submit observations directly from your smartphone in the field!