The key to ensuring clean, safe and reliable drinking water is to understand the drinking water supply from the source to the consumers' tap. This knowledge includes understanding the general characteristics of the water and the land surrounding the water source, as well as mapping all the real and potential threats to the water quality. These threats can be natural, such as seasonal droughts or flooding, or created by human activities such as forestry, cattle grazing or recreational activities in the watershed.
WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN FINAL REPORT - MAY 20, 2010
Source Protection Plan – identifying hazards and vulnerabilities to drinking water quality and quantity and developing strategies to eliminate, minimize or mitigate hazards to provide a safe and secure drinking water source. View the report below.
Watersheds filter, drain and transport and collect water from a variety of sources. When we talk about much more than just water and the water cycle: we are talking about soil, trees, rocks, grasses and everything making up the land. Watersheds are essentially everything that a droplet of water touches or goes through in order to get back to a stream, river or lake. Throughout that journey, a drop of water may come into contact with a variety of obstacles and contaminants.
Guidelines when in the Watershed
- Everyone Lives Downstream: Recognize that you are in a watershed and that domestic water is supplied to residents downstream
- Minimize soil disturbances: Stay on designated roads and trails to avoid damage to soft soils.
- Avoid Wetlands and Marshy Areas: Tracks and ruts made will not repair themselves. Make a point of knowing where these areas are, since some are only visibly wet in spring. Long term sediment damage can occur even when it is dry
- Garbage Disposal: Pack out what you pack in. Don't leave garbage behind.
- Where washrooms are provided please use them. If facilities are not available, make sure you are far away from streams, wetlands and lakes. Bury solid waste.
- Reservoirs and Dams: Keep all motorized vehicles off dam structures and approaches. A simple rut can cause damage to a dam structure and create an emergency situation.
- Fishing and Boating: Use electric motors only rather than gasoline for fishing and boating on a reservoir.
- No camping or campfires on the dam structures and approaches. Respect signage and gates.