The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card is here!
Muskoka Watershed Council is excited to announce the release of the 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card. This marks the fifth time MWC has reported on the health of our local watershed since the first was released in 2004.
The Muskoka Watershed Report Card is a science-based evaluation of the health of our watershed using a variety of environmental ‘health’ and ‘threat’ indicators. Health indicators include phosphorus and calcium concentrations in lakes, benthic macroinvertebrates, and interior forest habitat. Threat indicators include climate change, invasive species, fragmentation, and species at risk. Together, these indicators provide a “snapshot” of watershed health and serve to increase our understanding of the watershed where we live, work, and play.
Each of Muskoka’s 19 subwatersheds will be graded as ‘not stressed’, ‘vulnerable’ or ‘stressed’ for each indicator. This subwatershed scale allows us to better understand how our individual activities improve or degrade the environment in our corner of Muskoka. Some indicators even provide data down to the lake level!
There are many new features incorporated into the 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card, including a strong online interactive multimedia component and interesting, easy to understand infographics. The new Report Card will also be more accessible, both online and at various venues across Muskoka, including the new Watershed Wonders exhibit at the Muskoka Discovery Centre.
Find out how healthy your watershed is using the links below.