State of the Watershed reports provide a basis for governments, decision-makers, industry and the community to act in the long-term interest of environmental sustainability. The report uses indicators to assess the current health of a watershed, provide information about human activities that impact the environment within watersheds, and evaluate the effectiveness of past and current management activities. All of this information is presented in an easy-to-understand report card format.
Within a watershed, information is gathered on a variety of topics, which will then be evaluated and combined to produce a report card that outlines the overall health of the watershed. The most frequently used indicators centre on the following issues:
- Water quality;
- Water quantity and flows – surface and groundwater;
- Vegetation – riparian and wetland areas;
- Aquatic life;
- Infrastructure – dams, control structures, treatment plants, and transportation corridors;
- Land cover and use;
- Population demographics; and
- Water use and allocation.
- A summary of the issues considered;
- A description of the area in which the Watershed Management Plan applies;
- A summary of the information assembled as part of the planning process;
- The relationship of the Watershed Management Plan to regional strategies or other planning initiatives;
- The inclusion of public and stakeholder consultation;
- The recommended options and strategies to address the issues; and
- A list of performance monitoring requirements.
I have senior-authored or co-authored several State of the Watershed reports and Watershed Management Plans. Please access the Library page for details on these and other reports.