MONITORING OUR WATERSHED
LPRCA Monitoring Programs
Clean water is an important component of a healthy watershed ecosystem. It helps support diverse aquatic habitat, enhance recreation potential and improve the well-being of those who use it. It also adds to the aesthetic appreciation of the natural environment.
Environmental monitoring provides ongoing information on both surface and groundwater quality and quantity, and other environmental indicators within the watershed. LPRCA monitors, evaluates and reports on our watershed’s existing conditions which allow staff to identify changes that are taking place and to offer important environmental services and programs to watershed municipalities and residents.
Monitoring has become increasingly important with growing pressures on surface and groundwater resources and development next to lakes, watercourses and wetlands. Climate change is also expected to have unforeseen and possibly dramatic impacts that reinforce the importance of LPRCA’s monitoring programs.
Throughout the watershed, Long Point Region Conservation Authority staff collects standardized scientific data through established monitoring programs, including:
- Surface Water Quality - assesses a variety of basic water chemistry, metals and e-coli;
- Surface Water Quantity - monitors changes in the water levels of the region's watercourses through the use of stream gauges and base flow measurements;
- Aquatic Habitat and Species - including benthic macroinvertebrates and stream temperature;
- Meteorology - monitors the contribution to the watershed’s hydrology through precipitation (rain and snow); and,
- Groundwater Quantity and Quality - is assessed at a series of wells throughout the watershed.