The goal of watershed planning is to develop a framework that will achieve healthy natural systems that can positively respond to landscape changes and watershed conditions while sustaining ecological health and integrity.
Watershed planning investigates the question “what do we need to do to have a healthy watershed?” To answer this question, a watershed management plan examines the environment and human activities within a watershed and assesses the relationship between these elements to determine how best the watershed should be managed to ensure that the watershed ecosystem continues to function and the watershed remains healthy.
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Environmental features and functions such as fish and wildlife habitats, terrestrial and wetland communities, groundwater and surface water, as well as natural processes such as erosion and flooding are examined and existing conditions confirmed. To assess the resiliency of natural systems and predict of the watershed’s future health an examination of future changes within the watershed resulting from human and natural influences is conducted. This information provides a foundation upon which decision makers can make environmentally sound decisions which will maintain and improve the watershed’s future health. It is to this end that CLOCA’s Watershed Plans will be the definitive tool used by CLOCA, municipalities, planning authorities, agencies and all other stakeholders to guide decisions regarding the effective management of watershed resources in response to a changing environment.
Watershed Planning Contacts
Heather Brooks, MCIP, RPP
Director, Watershed Planning and Natural Heritage
Central Lake Ontario Conservation
100 Whiting Ave.,
Email: Heather Brooks
Why Is Watershed Planning Important?
Water and natural heritage resources can be protected more efficiently if watersheds are managed as whole ecosystems. By using a watershed approach to managing our resources, harmful impacts on the system can be identified quickly so that prevention, remediation or improvements can be carried out right away.
What Is Watershed Planning? - Conservation Ontario Website
CLOCA’s Watershed Plans were development in 3 distinct phases:
- Phase 1 establishes the existing conditions of the watershed;
- Phase 2 confirmed the minimum healthy watershed targets; developed and tested 3 methodologies and 8 growth scenarios in order to predict future watershed changes and assess the impact of these changes on watershed health;
- Phase 3 provides the recommendations for watershed management to achieve a healthy and resilient watershed and includes an implementation and monitoring plan.
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Lynde Creek Watershed Plan
In May 2012, CLOCA released the Lynde Creek Watershed Plan following consultation on the draft watershed plan released in December 2011. This Plan recognizes the unique urban, rural and natural environment conditions present in the watershed; considers future growth and landscape changes; and recommends specific measures to protect watershed resources. A systems approach has been adopted as a founding principle for managing the watershed, enabling the minimum ecological health targets to be met. This Watershed Plan has a strong implementation component offering a suite of management tools and actions which stakeholders can use to work towards achieving watershed goals and targets. The information and recommendations contained within this Plan are scientifically based and will support managing the natural heritage resources of the watershed in a sustainable manner and support watershed managers and decision makers in making informed decisions. The Lynde Creek Watershed Plan will guide the Authority and all decision makers in management of watershed resources, ensuring that these resources will continue to be available to contribute to a healthy, diverse, and sustainable ecosystem.
Lynde Creek Watershed Documents - 2 documents
Lynde Creek Watershed Plan - May 2012 (PDF, file size 10mb)
Lynde Creek Watershed Plan Existing Conditions Report - June 2008 - link to site
Oshawa Creek Watershed Plan
In 2002, CLOCA released the Oshawa Creek Watershed Management Plan. One of the key recommendations of this management plan was to undertake a review of the Oshawa Creek Watershed Management Plan within a 10 year time frame.
Since the release of the 2002 Oshawa Creek Watershed Management Plan, numerous changes in land use and policy direction have had an influence on the watershed health and implemented protection measures. There have also been significant advances made in understanding the functioning of the watershed and its response to existing and predicted stressors. In 2011, CLOCA released an addendum that updated several sections of the 2002 Watershed Management Plan to reflect the current watershed conditions, to incorporate technological advances and policy changes made in the field of natural heritage management, and to address the watershed planning requirements legislated in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.
In February 2013, CLOCA released the updated Oshawa Creek Watershed Plan. This Watershed Plan is structured to reflect CLOCA’s 2012 standardized reporting framework for Watershed Plans and updated with the most recent data, information and management recommendations available. The 2013 Oshawa Creek Watershed Plan provides the history of the management of the Oshawa Creek Watershed and makes recommendations for the future protection, restoration and enhancement of watershed resources reflecting federal, provincial, municipal and agency policy directions.
Oshawa Creek Watershed Documents - 4 documents
Oshawa Creek Watershed Plan - February 2013 - 174 pages; Appendices - 216 pages
Oshawa Creek 2011 Addendum to the 2002 Management Plan: Existing Conditions - May 2011 - 195 pages
Oshawa Creek Watershed Management Plan -2002- 195 pages
Black/Harmony/Farewell Creek Watershed Plan
The Black/Harmony/Farewell Creek Watershed Plan (January 2013) provides a comprehensive, integrated and long-term approach to managing the natural resources within the watershed in a responsible and sustainable manner. The information and recommendations contained within this Plan are scientifically based and support managing the natural heritage resources of the watershed in a sustainable manner. This Plan is meant to be used by decision makers, residents, land owners, and community groups to make informed decisions to achieve the ultimate goal of a healthy, resilient watershed. A strong implementation component offering a suite of management tools and actions which stakeholders can use to work towards achieving watershed goals and targets is provided in the Plan. Management of watershed resources by CLOCA will be guided by the recommendations and implementation actions contained within this Watershed Plan, ensuring that these resources will continue to be available to contribute to a healthy, diverse, and sustainable watershed.
Black/Harmony/Farewell Creek Watershed Documents - 2 documents
Black/Harmony/Farewell Creek Watershed Plan - January 2013 - 208 pages
Black/Harmony/Farewell Creek Existing Conditions Report - April 2011 - link to site
|Bowmanville/Soper Creek Watershed Plan
In April 2013 the Bowmanville/Soper Creek Watershed Plan was completed. The unique urban, rural and natural environment conditions currently present in the watershed have been recognized. This watershed will experience future growth, and ensuring the ecological health and integrity of the watershed is at a level that would enable the watershed to adapt and positively respond to changing conditions is critical. As such, healthy watershed targets are documented; future watershed changes modeled and impacts assessed; and recommendations provided to ensure that a healthy and resilient watershed can be achieved in concert with an urbanizing watershed. Implementation of the Plan recommendations will achieve measurable gains in watershed health and it is for this reason that the Watershed Plan provides a suite of management tools and actions which stakeholders can use to achieve watershed goals and targets. The information and recommendations contained within this Plan are scientifically based and will support managing the natural heritage resources of the watershed in a sustainable manner. The Bowmanville/Soper Creek Watershed Plan will guide all decision makers, including the Conservation Authority, in management of watershed resources, in an effort to ensure that these resources continue to function and contribute to a healthy, diverse, and sustainable ecosystem.
Bowmanville/Soper Creek Watershed Documents - 2 Documents
Bowmanville/Soper Creek Watershed Plan – April 2013 - 205 pages
Bowmanville/Soper Creek Existing Conditions Report – December 2011 - link to site