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Just like school report cards tell us how well students are doing, we assign grades to the environmental health of our environment. The grades provide a quick summary of conditions based on different types of environmental indicators, such as water quality, the size of forests and wetlands, and the quality of stream habitat.

Report cards are a useful tool for landowners, as well as for land use planners and organizations that undertake stewardship. The grades help show where we need to take action, and what types, to have a healthy, resilient watershed that support health communities and a robust local economy.

  • 2015 Oak Ridges Moraine/Greenbelt
  • 2013 Report Card
  • 2008 Report Card

Report on the health of the Oak Ridges Moraine and adjacent Greenbelt lands

This report card is a measurement of the health of the Oak Ridges Moraine and adjacent Greenbelt watersheds. It has been prepared with the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition to provide science-based information to inform the 2015 review of the Greenbelt Plan and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Funding support has been generously provided by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

Grades for subwatersheds in the Kawartha watershed

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Grades for subwatersheds across the whole Oak Ridges Moraine

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2013 Watershed Report Card

This watershed report card provides information that helps us protect our water and land resources, which provide many important societal, economic, and ecological benefits. We have assigned grades to surface water quality, forest conditions, groundwater quality, and wetland conditions, using a standardized set of indicators and evaluation. See more about these indicators of health.

The monitoring data used in this report card was collected between 2007 and 2011. The grading is based on a set of guidelines developed by Conservation Ontario and Conservation Authorities across Ontario, to allow for consistency in reporting. See more about the grading methods.

View the report card summary below, or get detailed information and grades for subwatersheds on our subwatershed pages.

2013 Watershed Report Card

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2008 Watershed Report Card

This watershed report card is focused on the priority areas of surface water, forest cover, wetland cover and groundwater. Although similar to the 2013 Watershed Report Card, the grading is slightly different. Conservation Ontario and Conservation Authorities developed a standardized set of indicators in 2011 for assigning grades, to allow for comparisons between watersheds, and to show any improvements or decline in grades in future report cards.

The monitoring data used in this report card is from 2004 to 2008.

2008 Watershed Report Card

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Programs and Services


 Flood Forecasting and Warning

24/7 monitoring and warning about the potential for flooding


Sturgeon Lake shoreline

 Lake and Environmental Management Planning

Science-based plans for protecting lakes and watersheds


Lindsay water tower

 Drinking Water Source Protection

Maintaining a clean supply of water to municipal drinking water systems


Monitoring water flow

 Watershed Monitoring

Scientific research and monitoring of water quality and quantity, and related natural features


2013 Watershed Report Card

 Watershed Report Cards

Assessments of watershed health based on various environmental indicators