NBMCA hosting public presentation on watershed managementSaturday, September 21, 2013 by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) is developing an Integrated Watershed Management Strategy (IWMS) to help balance human needs with the needs of the natural environment for the next 20 years.
A public presentation is set for September 26 at 6:30 pm at NBMCA, 15 Janey Ave., North Bay to outline the findings of the Technical Background Report, the first step in the development of the IWMS.
The Technical Background Report identifies characteristics, stressors and changes in our shared watershed. This information will be used to identify watershed issues and map out strategies to address them in the future. The Strategy is scheduled for completion in 2014.
“Our current strategy was developed 30 years ago. This new IWMS will be a guidance document to help NBMCA and others involved in management of the watershed identify needs and management strategies throughout the 20 subwatersheds in NBMCA's jurisdiction,” said Brian Tayler, NBMCA CAO.
Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) is the process of managing human activities and natural resources on a watershed basis, taking into account social, economic and environmental issues, as well as community interests in order to manage water resources sustainably.
It not only helps the NBMCA to identify and prioritize its management opportunities but it has implications for all stakeholders including municipalities, agencies, the business community and the general public. Stakeholders share a common responsibility to cooperatively manage water and related resource features in fulfillment of riparian responsibilities shared by everyone.
The Technical Background Report is viewable on the NBMCA website, linked to the IWMS icon on www.nbmca.on.ca. Due to the size of the report, some maps will be difficult to read on the website. A CD copy of the Report is available by contacting Kristen Green, Water Resource Specialist 705-474-5420.