Environmental monitoring forms an essential part of watershed management and is a key element in managing our natural resources.
A watershed is an area of land drained by a common stream, river or lake. In a watershed, the landscape may be made up of a variety of natural and man-made features, such as forests, wetlands, and valley lands, agricultural and residential areas. Since the feature of the landscape can greatly influence the health of our water, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) monitors both terrestrial and aquatic environments.
Monitoring is the link between science and planning policy since the information that is gathered is used to establish targets and to make informed decisions for the management and/or rehabilitation of our natural resources. Information gathered from monitoring allows for long-term strategies and balanced planning.
KCCA’s monitoring program includes:
• Surface water quality (chemicals, nutrients, bacteria)
• Surface water flow (quantity)
• Groundwater quality and quantity
• Biota (fish, birds, amphibians)
• Benthic invertebrates (water quality)