Annual Report 2006
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Understanding our watershed
Conservation authorities are premised on the fact that water doesn’t
stop fl owing at municipal boundaries. What happens upstream aff ects
downstream water users and what happens on the surface aff ects
To fully understand Kettle Creek’s water quality and quantity one needs to
better understand what is happening on the land. Consequently, Kettle Creek
Conservation Authority (KCCA) launched a comprehensive environmental
monitoring program in 2006. In its fi rst year, the program concentrated on
collecting and analyzing samples from fi ve groundwater wells, nine surface water
sites and fi fteen benthic sites throughout the watershed.
Surface water samples were processed for levels of nutrients, metals and major
ions. Benthic monitoring investigated streambed bugs, which indicate stream
health. All of this information will provide a baseline for future data comparison.
Preliminary monitoring results show that nutrients and suspended sediments are
ongoing issues in the watershed. This is supported by conclusions in the Kettle Creek Water Quality Conditions and
Trends Report (2006) which reviewed fi ve years of data from the Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network.
This work has been enhanced by KCCA’s involvement in the Lake Erie Source Protection Region. The region is a
partnership between KCCA, Catfi sh Creek Conservation Authority, Long Point Region Conservation Authority
and Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) for the purposes of source water protection. The benefi ts of this
partnership have far surpassed the original objective. Working with GRCA, the lead agency in the partnership, KCCA
has closed many knowledge gaps.
The Lake Erie partnership has been used to leverage funding for water-related studies in the Kettle Creek watershed. In
2006, close to $200,000 was awarded to municipalities in the Kettle Creek watershed to perform water-related studies.
Central Elgin received funding to