Quinte Conservation has released the 2023 Watershed Report Card which uses data collected from 2017-2021 to summarize the state of our forests, wetlands, and water resources within the Quinte Watershed.

There are four categories that are measured and include groundwater quality, surface water quality, forest conditions, and wetland conditions. Overall, the Quinte Watershed scored considerably high, with grades ranging from good to excellent. The monitoring performed by Quinte Conservation staff provides valuable information about the health of our watershed and the natural resources that watershed residents rely on every day. By monitoring these conditions, we can help improve our resources, prevent them from getting worse, and track changes over time.

Quinte Conservation collects scientific data throughout the watershed’s 109 monitoring sites and through this monitoring, staff support provincial programs such as the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network (PGMN), Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network (PWQMN), and the Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network (OBBN). Quinte Conservation’s staff use geographic information systems for analysis of wetland and forest conditions.

Every 5 years, Ontario’s Conservation Authorities will report on the state of their watershed using standards and guidelines provided by Conservation Ontario that were developed by Conservation Authorities and their partners.

Quinte Conservation’s Watershed Report Card is available to view on the Reports and Studies page under the Watershed Management tab at QuinteConservation.ca.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.


For more information contact:
Mary Gunning, Aquatic Science Coordinator
(613) 968-3434 ext. 106