Integrated Watershed Management - Survey
We want to hear from you!
NVCA is in the process of updating the Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the Nottawasaga River watershed.
This plan outlines our region's approach to integrated watershed management for the next 20-25 years. It will be used as a guiding document by NVCA, municipalities, and other agencies and groups.
As we develop the plan, we welcome your thoughts and insights on:
- what you value about our watershed
- what you see as the issues that are affecting our watershed, both good and bad
- what actions or strategies we might consider as part of the plan
- any other considerations you may have
To gather your thoughts, we have created a short survey.
Please take a few minutes to fill it out.
Comments received before January 31, 2019, will be considered as we prepare the draft plan. Comments received after that date will be considered for future updates to the plan.
- For more information about the IWM planning process, see the FAQs below.
- For more information on watersheds in general, see Conservation Ontario's "Watersheds 101" website for an interactive overview.
What is an Integrated Watershed Management Plan?
Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) is the process of managing human activities and natural resources on a watershed basis, taking into account social, economic and environmental issues, as well as local community interests and issues such as the impacts of growth and climate change.
An Integrated Watershed Management Plan characterizes the current state of the watershed, identifies issues and stressors that are having a negative effect on the watershed’s health and recommends strategic actions to address those issues and stressors in order for the watershed to be healthy and more resilient to change.
Why is NVCA preparing an Integrated Watershed Management Plan?
NVCA’s 1996 Watershed Plan has served the watershed well, resulting in many accomplishments including the development of:
as well as collaborating with watershed municipalities to integrate natural heritage planning into policy documents.
The new Integrated Watershed Management Plan is intended to chart a course for the NVCA watershed for the next 20 years and will address increasing growth pressures, climate change, and direction from the Province to incorporate integrated watershed management into the municipal planning process.
What has been done to date?
This process began in spring 2018.
The first step was to gather information about the state of our watershed to date. The report from this study, called the
Watershed Characterization Report, was completed in June 2018.
(You can always look at our watershed report cards and health checks to get a quick update on the state of our watershed. We update these pieces about every 5 years.)
After that, we reached out to groups that might have an interest in what we are doing. This included all our municipal partners, provincial and federal ministries, Indigenous communities, agricultural representatives, development sector representatives, and local non-profit environmental organizations, among others. These groups have met twice - once to look at what issues are affecting the watershed and in the future, and once to start recommending strategies to address these issues. The presentations made to these groups and reports from their meetings are being made
available on the NVCA website.
How can I participate?
You can provide your input into the process by letting NVCA know:
- what you value about this watershed;
- what issues you perceive to be affecting the watershed; and,
- recommending strategies to address these issues.
To gather your thoughts, we have created a
short survey. Please take a few moments to fill it out!
What are the next steps in the process?
Early in 2019, we'll share a document to present the recommends the strategies that will be included in the new IWMP. There will be an opportunity for stakeholders and the general public to review the report and provide feedback.
A final Integrated Watershed Management Plan is anticipated to be released during the summer of 2019.