Working with our local farming community to inform and support agricultural stewardship, landowner
engagement, and incentives for best management practices. We recognize that agricultural lands
(and all working lands) are key conservation lands that provide critical ecosystem services in our
watersheds. Over 50% of the Baxter Creek watershed consists of agricultural and rural land use,
compared to less than 10% community and infrastructure.
Restoring engagement and guidance of First Nations communities is essential for the maintenance
and enhancement of the health of the Baxter Creek watershed. We recognize the deep connection
First Nations have with Mother Earth and value their knowledge as stewards of nature. BCWA honours
this knowledge through stewardship and respect for the land we protect.
Key initiatives include conserving the formal Millbrook Jail lands as publicly accessible open greenspace, encouraging natural heritage protection and exploring conservation easements across the watershed.
Ecosystem/land conservation and protection of natural heritage matters and holds utmost value to those living in the Cavan-Monaghan and Baxter Creek area. Ecosystem service valuation, integrated watershed hydrological protection, and rehabilitation are focus points for conserving natural heritage in the watershed and township planning influences.
Protecting water at its source rather than treating water that has undergone negative impacts is what
we at BCWA strive for. Protecting water at the source is an effective way to reduce risks to public
health, wildlife, and control water treatment costs. Stream rehabilitation through the creation of
riparian buffer zones to reduce runoff pollution, stream bank stabilization to reduce sedimentation,
land protection/easements and best management practices for agricultural and other activities are
ways we can protect water at the source.
Restoring lost functions and services in degraded ecosystems to maintain biodiversity across the
Watershed characterization and habitat mapping are important processes in ecosystem restoration as
they provide information critical to appropriate watershed restoration techniques. Increasing
environmental monitoring programs to analyze how well restoration efforts are progressing in
restoring lost biodiversity. BCWA aims at doing more with less; (in some instances) leaving sites
alone for natural attenuation to run its course in re- establishing life and function to an area.
Working with our community to monitor and report on the state of the local watershed environment.
BCWA is currently designing and implementing a broad environmental monitoring program for the watershed. The goal of this program is to establish and integrate environmental monitoring across ecological sciences and share information with the community to inform on issues and develop solutions to address problems.
Engaging with stakeholders and right holders to partner on mutual strategic goals,
collaborate on parallel initiatives, and collaborate on local watershed projects and activities.
BCWA focuses on township planning that requires outreach, consultation, and guidance to build
relationships with stakeholders and delegate with plans based on scientific or ecological evidence-based solutions. In developing efforts, watershed research and planning remain a top priority to ensure development impacts are minimal and implemented sustainably, so that the environment and
future generations are not negatively impacted.
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