Grey Sauble Conservation (GSC) is a unique area of jurisdiction consisting of 5 major watersheds and many smaller watersheds that outlet directly to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The topography ranges from sandy beaches at Sauble Beach, flat agricultural lands, the Niagara Escarpment, and the rolling hills in the Beaver Valley.
In cooperation with Conservation Ontario and the other Conservation Authorities throughout the Province, GSC has produced Watershed Report Cards since 2003. These report cards score the watersheds based on tree cover, water chemistry, E. coli, and benthic results in the Grey Sauble watershed. In the 2018 Report Card, Surface Water Quality, Forest Conditions and Wetland Conditions are being reported. Many departments at GSC contribute to the data required to generate these scores. Staff record information by taking water samples and benthic (small aquatic animals living in the sediment) samples are in the watershed recording findings and taking water samples. The Geographic Information System Department then uses this data, along with their updated wetlands and woodland layers to analyze and generate map products.
The five-year cycle of these report cards allows time to understand potential problems, to work with municipalities and others to measurably improve watershed health, and enough data to be a reliable summary of watershed conditions. The links to the right provide many ways to learn more about how water is monitored and managed in this watershed.
- Current Watershed Conditions
- Flood Forecasting, Warning & Low Water Monitoring
- Dams & Flood Control
- Water Quality & Benthic Monitoring
- Watershed Monitoring / Data Collection
- Watershed Report Cards
- Working In or Around Water?