Integrated Watershed Management

With our extensive natural areas and numerous lakes and waterways, Muskoka is rich in natural capital, which is vital to our economy and the quality of our lives. Effective management can sustain that capital to the maximum extent possible while permitting the development required to house our population and sustain our economy.

This natural capital – the soils, forests, grasslands, wetlands – also plays a role in determining the flow of water into streams, rivers and lakes. However, we lack a detailed understanding of how natural capital affects flow from place to place across our watershed, and how climate change may modify these regulating processes.

MWC recommends that an advanced form of integrated watershed management (IWM) be implemented in Muskoka, ultimately to drive all aspects of environmental management and land-use planning. Recognizing the strong dependence of the economy and community on a high quality environment, IWM can be designed to meet the needs and goals of every business owner, wage earner, property owner and visitor in the watershed. By integrating socio-economic criteria with environmental management, IWM is intended to create more sustainable communities.

IWM is an approach that requires us to manage human activities and natural resources, together, on a watershed basis taking into consideration the connected interests and needs of the environment, economy and society. Graphic from Conservation Ontario.
IWM is an approach that requires us to manage human activities and natural resources, together, on a watershed basis taking into consideration the connected interests and needs of the environment, economy and society.
Graphic from Conservation Ontario

Community Round Table

Muskoka Watershed Council established a Community Round Table (CRT) in 2021 to support the District of Muskoka’s Making Waves: Integrated Watershed Management initiative. Membership on the CRT is open to community members and stakeholders in the Muskoka River Watershed. For information about the CRT or to participate, please contact [email protected].

CRT Meetings

The CRT meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Agendas and minutes of meeting are available below.

Agendas and Minutes

2022
January 10, 2022AgendaMinutes
February 17, 2022AgendaMinutes
March 23, 2022AgendaMinutes
April 13, 2022AgendaMinutes
May 11, 2022AgendaMinutes
June 8, 2022AgendaMinutes
July 13, 2022AgendaMinutes
August 10, 2022AgendaMinutes

IWM Resources

Over the past two years, MWC has produced a number of resources discussing IWM and its application in Muskoka. The 2019 Muskoka Stewardship Conference also focused on watersheds and watershed management.

MWAG Recommendations

The Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group (MWAG) submitted an interim report on issues and priorities for protecting the watershed and supporting the local economy to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). Several of the recommendations relate to IWM.

 

Other Resources

  • Presentations
  • Documents
  • Papers
  • Articles