2012 Upper Thames River Watershed Report Cards
Every five years the UTRCA produces 28 report cards to assess local environmental conditions in the 28 watersheds (click to find your watershed!) within the upper Thames River watershed. Each report card grades that watershed’s surface water quality and forest conditions, summarizes watershed features, provides recommended actions for improvement, and highlights progress made over five years. New information has been included on groundwater, connections to the Great Lakes and extreme weather.
Snapshot of 2012 Results
Surface water quality grades in the 28 watersheds range from C to D. The UTRCA watershed target is a B grade. Water quality has improved in 12 watersheds since 2007, and has remained steady in 16 watersheds. No watersheds have declined in the past five years.
• Best – Waubuno Creek, Glengowan, Middle Thames, Plover Mills
• Poorest – The Forks, Cedar Creek, Pottersburg, South Thames, Reynolds Creek
• Most Improved since 2007 – Waubuno Creek, Middle Thames
• Most Improved since 2001 – Avon River, Dingman Creek, Stoney Creek
Forest conditions grades in the 28 watersheds range from C to F, with D being the most common grade. The target is a B grade. There has been a slight decline in the urbanizing watersheds of Stoney and Pottersburg in London.
In the upper Thames watershed, there is:
The watershed report cards summarize an extensive amount of environmental information, with the goal of guiding local environmental action and providing a benchmark for progress. Conservation Authorities all across Ontario are now reporting using this approach, with newly standardized guidelines.
Printed copies of the 28 individual report cards, as well as copies of the entire report, are available from the UTRCA. To see information from Conservation Authorities across the province, go to Conservation Ontario’s website.
Section 2: Maps
• Map 1. The Thames River Watershed in Southern Ontario
• Map 2. The Upper Thames River Watershed
• Map 3. The 28 Watersheds in the Upper Thames River Watershed
• Map 4. Benthic Monitoring Sites used for Report Cards
• Map 5. Surface Water Quality Monitoring Sites used for Report Cards
• Map 6. Surface Water Quality Grades by Watershed
• Map 7. Forest Conditions Grades by Watershed
• Map 8. Groundwater Information
• Map 9. Groundwater Monitoring Network Sites
• Map 10. Estimated Population by Watershed, 2011 Census
• Map 11. Number of Reported Spills per Watershed, 2006-2010
• Map 12. Clean Water Program Projects, 2006-2010
• Map 13. Trees Planted through UTRCA Programs, 2006-2010