Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Watershed Report Cards

New, updated Watershed Report Cards are coming soon.

Watch for them on World Water Day, March 22, 2018.

Very shortly, we will be posting the updated Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card on this page.


We are hoping to have the entire Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018 posted online on World Water Day (Thursday, March 22, 2018). Posting of downloads below is pending. Thanks for your interest.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation prepares Watershed Report Cards every five years as a summary of the state of your forests and water resources.


The most recent report cards are from 2018. Three sets of report cards have been prepared - in 2018; 2013; and 2007.


Here are the links to the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Cards:


Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card - Main Page

Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card - 2018

Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card - 2013

Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card - 2007


Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018 - Eight-page Summary Brochure for Entire Ausable Bayfield Area


For reasons of file size, the full report of the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018, is separated into the following sections:


Title Page; Executive Summary; Acknowledgements; Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction and Background

Chapter 2: Methods and Results (Process, Indicators, Summary, Next Steps)


Chapter 3: Watershed Report Cards - for 16 Subwatersheds of the Ausable Bayfield Area


The following are the Watershed Report Cards for the 16 local watersheds, or subwatersheds, of the Ausable Bayfield area:


Ausable Headwaters


Bayfield Headwaters

Bayfield North

Black Creek

Little Ausable

Lower Ausable

Lower Parkhill

Main Bayfield

Middle Ausable

Mud Creek

Nairn Creek

Old Ausable Channel

South Gullies

Upper Ausable

Upper Parkhill


References and Appendix. 


Report cards give residents information to protect and enhance watershed resources.


Report card standards were developed for consistent reporting across Ontario.


Report cards are based on forest, surface water quality, and groundwater quality conditions in 16 subwatersheds in watersheds of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) area. These include three Bayfield River subwatersheds, eight Ausable River subwatersheds, two Parkhill Creek subwatersheds, Mud Creek, and two smaller Lake Huron subwatersheds.


Watershed Report Cards tell you about your watershed - where more work is needed and where work has been achieving positive results.


They also provide you with things you, your community, and local agencies can do to help protect and improve watershed health.


They offer 'Thumbs Up' congratulations to watershed community partners creating awareness and taking positive action - they also offer a 'top action' that is needed in each of 16 local subwatersheds.


What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land drained by a creek or stream into a river which then drains into a body of water such as a lake or pond. Everything in a watershed is connected. Our actions upstream affect conditions downstream.


Why measure? Measuring helps us to better understand this watershed. We can target our work where it is needed and track progress.


We measured:

Forest conditions

Wetland cover

Surface water quality

Groundwater quality

Overwinter vegetative cover

For 2018 Watershed Report Cards visit this link:
For past Watershed Report Cards visit these links:
We hope to have the files posted on or before March 22, 2018.

How healthy are Ontario's watersheds? Visit Conservation Ontario's Watershed Checkup site to find out more:


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