The Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) watershed is made up of natural landscape features including forests, wetlands, streams and groundwater systems. Except for the groundwater system, because it is underground, we refer to these natural landscape features as ecosystems. These systems are further supported by a local climate which in turn establishes a water cycle incorporating vulnerable surface and groundwater resources.
How do we look at those systems? Typically data is collected in the field by CLOCA staff, but some is measured by computerized systems and some is collected through Global Information System mapping exercises.
The CLOCA Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program looks at how these systems and specific indicators within those systems are doing at a particular point and time, in response to a variety of environmental stressors. Monitoring our watershed helps us to understand the impacts of those stressors and guide development, restoration and management efforts.
The goal of this program is to deliver a well-designed, efficient, cost effective monitoring program, to create a secure, accessible and long-term quality database from which we can conduct meaningful analysis to communicate to stakeholders and guide sustainable and responsible development, management and restoration actions within the CLOCA watershed.
Click below to reach our Storymap for the CLOCA Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program.
We monitor aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, wildlife, coastal wetlands, the surface water in our creeks and the groundwater under our feet.