Working to Protect Ontario’s Headwaters, Natural Heritage, and Watersheds
Credit Headwaters Alliance
Back to Introduction – https://ontarioheadwaters.ca/headwater-alliances/
The Credit Headwaters Alliance is working to develop a community vision for the headwaters, led by a steering committee recruited and facilitated by the Ontario Headwaters Institute.
The on-going role of the steering committee consists of: 1. Providing input on website maps, including the proposed delineation of the Credit’s upland headwater areas, and other information prepared by the OHI; 2. Identifying a set of environmental concerns to be shared with the public via a survey; 3. Advise on how to include these concerns in a survey seeking community input, and assist in distributing the survey; 4. Review this report while developing recommendations and proposed next steps; and, 5. Help disseminate this report and participate in educational activities, including webinars, to garner support for a healthier Credit.
On January 7, 2022, we released the results of the survey, our recommendations, and next steps, which include working with the groups in the alliance and others to gain support to better protect the Credit’s upland headwater areas, their ecological integrity & biodiversity, drinking water sources, and the full watershed in the face of the threats of increased development and climate chaos. The full report can be seen at Headwater Health in the Credit Watershed January 2022.
Credit Headwater Maps
We offer below three maps to help people understand the Key Characteristics of the upland headwaters; to encourage people to get out and Explore the Headwaters; and to become aware of and work to limit the impact of negative Pressures on the Credit.
We thank Alexis del Mundo for producing these drawings under a grant to the OHI from Canada Summer Jobs. Please note that each map has a legend and a layer list on the top right where you can turn layers on or off as you so desire. In addition, many items on each map can be clicked to open links where you can learn more, including photos, videos, guides for self-directed hikes, and addresses for many sites to visit.
There is also an option to change the basemap of the interactive map between the default streets view and a satellite imagery view, which can help give a better indication of topography, such as which streams that are above or below ground. Lastly, an information box is also present on the top right corner which displays varying watershed statistics and our data sources.
Click on any of the buttons below to see the map. Please note that some layers are turned off by default, and some items may also be only visible at certain zoom levels.