Lake Erie is under stress. The Lake Erie basin is surroundedSpotlight on Phosphorus
by over 11 million people and is dominated by urbanization
and agriculture. While Lake Erie’s health suffers from
multiple issues such as climate change and invasive
aquatic species, the rising proportion of dissolved
reactive and total phosphorus is seen as the primary
cause of this decline.
In 2008, Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) released its first ever Watershed Report Card. This initial Report creates a benchmark for the public and for KCCA from which to set goals and objectives for improvement. The follow-up report card was released in 2013 which revealed that the KCCA watershed was maintaining a solid C average with respect to surface water quality, forest conditions and groundwater quality.
Future Watershed Report Cards – to be released every five years, with yearly updates – will show trends, positive or negative change over time or if a particular indicator has remained stable. In this way, the Report Card is not only a communication tool but a management tool allowing staff to target funding dollars to stewardship projects for optimal results.
Similar to the Upper Kettle Creek subwatershed, the top environmental priorities for the subwatershed are erosion prevention, protection and creation of wetlands, source water protection and reforestation.
Watershed Report Card 2013
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Water Conservation Supervisor
Tel: (519) 631-1270 ext. 228