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2017 NPCA Initiatives


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2017 NPCA Initiatives

  3. 3. 100-YEAR LAND PLAN OBJECTIVE: Acquire 25,000-40,000 acres over the next 100 years. • NPCA currently manages 7,500 acres • The 100-Year Land Plan sees us acquiring approximately 250 acres/year • The plan will require involvement from all levels of government, various foundations and community partners, as well as donations. • Master Plans for all acquired lands will be prepared, with a focus on acquiring: • Wildlife Migration Corridors • Quality Habitat • Unique lands, many of which will require massive restoration • High value ecological lands • Enhanced Bio-Diversity • Recreational Uses
  4. 4. 100-YEAR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN OBJECTIVE: Incrementally improve ground water and surface water health throughout the watershed. By committing to undertake a program to improve the quality of the water within our local watercourses, the NPCA is also committing to improve the quality and health of the associated ecosystems. The benefits of implementing a 100-year water quality improvement strategy are numerous. They include: • Addressing the risks to human health, wildlife, and aquatic organisms posed by on-going environmental degradation. • Ensuring that the Niagara Peninsula Watershed is a source of safe, high- quality drinking, irrigation, and well water. • Promoting clean water within our creeks and rivers free from harmful nutrients, chemicals, and bacteria. • Supporting healthy and productive aquatic habitats that sustain resilient populations of native species. • Allowing for swimming, boating, fishing, and other recreational uses unrestricted by environmental concerns. Some primary indicators to determine if this 100-year water quality improvement strategy is succeeding can be taken as: • The reduction and eventual elimination of beach closures on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. • The improved water quality results for each subwatershed (over 10 year increments) in the NPCA’s annual Water Quality Monitoring report. • An improved variety, quality, and number of aquatic insects, minnows, and fish within our local creeks and rivers. • The improved colour, clarity, and odour of the water within our local creeks, rivers, and Great Lakes shorelines. • The reduction and eventual elimination of algae blooms within our local creeks, rivers, and Great Lakes Shorelines.
  5. 5. 1 MILLION TREES & 3 MILLION NATIVE SPECIES PLANTS OBJECTIVE: Plant 1,000,000 trees and 3,000,000 million native species plants throughout the watershed. Thank Ernest Grimo (Grimm Oh) of Grimo Nut Nurseries who sourced the native Shagbark Hickory seeds we are handing out today from a tree grown on his property in NOTL THE BENEFITS OF TREES: • Improve water quality • Improve air quality • Improve Animal Habitat • Helps reduce soil erosion • Helps hold soil moisture • Help increase groundwater recharging. • Helps moderate temperature • Trees and Contact with Nature, assist in human health and increased mental health, • Reduction of airborne pollutants and reducing cardia disease, stroke and asthma • Trees placed properly can reduce noise by 40% THE BENEFIT OF NATIVE PLANT SPECIES: • Help maintain biodiversity • Benefit native wildlife, including insects (food source preferences) • Conserve water (require less water) • Require less maintenance to ensure survival • High rate of survival/propagation
  6. 6. LEAD ROLE IN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION OBJECTIVE: To be a lead authority in government on climate change mitigation and a local expert on direct affects to our watershed and lands. • Climate change is a critical issue of our time. • The NPCA is a local watershed management agency that delivers programs to manage and protect water and other natural resources. • Climate Change will threaten our water resources, these include: decreased water quality and supply (quantity), increased flooding and erosion due to more frequent extreme events, increased drought and degraded biodiversity. • Our water resources are at risk due to the diverse range of possible impacts. This resource once impacted will affect the health of our communities and businesses. • Understanding of the NPCA’s watersheds are fundamental to successfully addressing the various issues impacted by climate change. • Through studies and data collection, enabled by partnerships, the NPCA has the information and knowledge on which to base future adaptation initiatives. • Through flood plain mapping and modelling we can minimize risk to communities while allowing us to monitor change over time. • NPCA has strong networks: Water Level and Precipitation stations, Water Quality Stations, Groundwater monitors. All these stations are collecting the necessary data needed to make informed decisions on a watershed scale. • The NPCA is well positioned to be a lead within our jurisdiction to help implement initiatives to address the impacts to watershed management and our water resources under a changing climate • We cannot do this by ourselves there will need to be many stakeholders involved and willing to help push innovation and adaptation
  7. 7. NEW PARTNERSHIPS & DIALOGUE WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE WATERSHED OBJECTIVE: Work with all members of our community to engage in meaningful, open dialogue that helps us all better serve our watershed and our lands. The foundation of success, we will initiate, foster, and grow existing relationships in order to empower everyone to engage with NPCA. We will grow our volunteer base from 700 to 5,000+ over the next 4 years, and expand partnerships with EOIs, other Conservation Authorities and Conservation Ontario. Because the watershed affects everyone, we have a myriad of partners. For example: • Our neighbours • People who use Conservation Areas • Local school boards • Brock University • Niagara College • The Niagara Bruce Trail Club • local politicians • municipalities • First Nations and Métis, • Local tourism associations and businesses • The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Fund • Local nature clubs • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry • The Niagara Escarpment Commission • Landowners • Arts Communities • All People of the Watershed
  8. 8. LEADING & LEARNING ORGANIZATION OBJECTIVE: To be continuously informed and educated in order to lead and share in best practices with all members of our community. A multifaceted approach which includes technological advancement, staff training and career planning, educational partnerships, and community engagement with those directly affected by best practices will support the success of leading and learning.
  9. 9. INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY & DATA INTEGRATION OBJECTIVE: Implement technology in order to maximize accuracy and efficiency in the management of our watershed. • NPCA manages technology to organize and store data so that it can be rapidly discovered, analyzed and visualized in its day-to-day operations so that staff have the best information available to them to perform their roles. • This means NPCA will make sure it develops the appropriate information to perform its roles and responsibilities. • This includes keeping inventories and assessments of the surface water and natural area features in the watershed current for operational use and the development of management recommendations. • Natural hazard data will be refined to provide as transparent a picture as possible as to the geographic footprint of the Authority’s regulation and so that staff are prepared to answer more confidently to inquiries. • Map based Common Operating Pictures will be developed for our Flood Forecasting and Warning, and Conservation Areas Asset Inventory responsibilities. • As Niagara’s emerging local trusted science broker, the NPCA will continue to make its data and information available to the public through its own Open Data initiative. • We look forward to selecting and implementing an Electronic Content Management solution to assists with our records management and retention needs. Customer Relationship Management will also be integrated to help manage its valuable relationships • Above all, NPCA will be looking to use technology innovatively to improve its programs and services with superior decision-making support.
  10. 10. ESTABLISH ANNUAL WATERSHED CHAMPIONS AWARDS PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: Recognize and celebrate the members of our community who are demonstrating excellence in watershed protection practices within their specific sectors. These sectors may include: • Education (institutions or individuals) • Industry • Environmental organizations and groups • Agriculture and farming • Municipalities • Home builders and developers