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Lake Erie North Shore Watershed Plan - Niagara Peninsula ...

Lake Erie North Shore Watershed Plan - Niagara Peninsula ...

LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE

LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE WATERSHED PLAN Natural Heritage and Resources Protect, enhance and restore the health, diversity and integrity of the natural heritage systems in the watershed Create, maintain, protect and enhance corridors and linkages to natural heritage systems in adjoining watersheds Maintain, restore and improve the linkages among surface water features, groundwater features, hydrologic functions, natural heritage features and areas, and their ecological functions Recognize the role of natural features in minimizing the impacts of flooding Include management plans for Species at Risk into restoration Research and recommend management plans for invasive species (flora and fauna) Communication, Education and Recreation Enhance and develop partnerships between and amongst agencies, interest groups and landowners Promote the wise use of groundwater and surface water resources in terms of human, agricultural and ecological needs Foster educational programs and awareness pertaining to urban and rural best management practices (e.g. water conservation practices, alternate farming practices, septic maintenance, buffers) Development Incorporate natural heritage into landuse and zoning decisions Promote environmentally-sound landuse decisions for current and future urban development and rural/agricultural landuse Encourage stormwater management within municipalities to address future growth capacity projections Encourage intensification of urban areas 26. Implement the upland reforestation program based on upland suitability mapping targeting interior forest expansion, and ecological linkage opportunities • • • • • 27. Continue comprehensive biological inventory and map of natural heritage areas including wetlands • • • 28. Utilize conservation easements, land dedication and acquisition to secure critical linkages as desired lands become available for purchase 29. Continue partnership building with public interest groups to access funding for reforestation programs (e.g., NRC) 30. Continue review of new developments and building permits; ensure compliance with PPS and NPCA Regulations • 31. Create new wetlands or enlarge existing wetlands based on wetland suitability mapping 32. Review SAR management plans and work with partnering agencies to incorporate recommendations into restoration projects to benefit SAR where possible • • • • • • • • 33. Work with landowners and conservation groups to foster partnerships pertaining to Species at Risk and inform interested parties of funding programs such as Habitat Stewardship Fund • • • • • • 34. Identify the extent of both flora and fauna invasive species in the LENS watershed and make scientific recommendations for their removal • • • 35. Continue the NPCA‟s Water Quality Improvement Program whereby landowners are provided with incentives to carry out projects on their lands • • • • • • 36. Continue to recognize groups and individuals for their environmental efforts in the Lake Erie North Shore watershed • • • 37. Present Watershed Plan findings and successes to regional and municipal government officials and policy makers • • • • • • 38. Assemble and meet with a Watershed Plan Implementation Committee made up of local representation (government agencies, organizations, landowners) to annually re-evaluate the LENS Watershed Plan‟s components, and provide input on new or revised restoration initiatives in the watershed 37,500/yr (1500/acre) 45,000/yr **** Existing Program Ongoing Ongoing 3.000/yr 10,000/project ** Existing Program Existing Program Ongoing 110,000/yr*** • • • 39. Implement a septic system awareness and educational program 15,000/yr** 40. Continue creating demonstration sites to educate landowners about the water quality benefits of riparian buffers, wetlands and upland restoration (if possible include map of demonstration sites on NPCA website) 41. Create and disseminate a Watershed Report Card to inform residents on the state of water resources and encourage public stewardship initiatives 42. Seek partnerships with public interest groups to improve natural heritage features and recreational opportunities (e.g., conservation groups) • 43. Identify and incorporate significant natural areas and ecological linkages into planning documents and policies to ensure they are buffered from development • • • 44. Continue to implement NPCA Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for the Administration of Ontario Regulation 155/06 and Land Use Planning Policy Document (NPCA 2007) • • • 45. Continue to implement NPCA Stormwater Management Policies and Guidelines (NPCA 2010) 46. Discourage urban sprawl and focus new growth in existing urban areas through Official Plans and Brownsfield Redevelopment Initiatives Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Existing Program Existing Program Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing *Includes project costs, materials and salaries ** Based on grant ceiling under NPCA‟s Water Quality Improvement Program for landowners ***Water Quality Improvement Program Annual Project Budget only **** Based on Student Wage 238

LAKE ERIE NORTH SHORE WATERSHED PLAN Monitoring Monitoring serves two purposes in watershed planning. Monitoring is required to update the watershed plan as land uses change and new issues are identified, and monitoring serves to measure the success of restoration projects in terms of enhancing and protecting water quality for all users in a watershed. Monitoring the achievement of a watershed plan‟s objectives involves continually reviewing the Lake Erie North Shore Watershed Plan. The Plan will be reviewed by the NPCA Restoration Team and the Lake Erie North Shore Watershed Plan Implementation Committee (comprised of public interest groups, watershed municipalities, agency, and citizen representatives) annually. As part of the review process, the plan will be amended whenever necessary to reflect the changing environmental, economic, technical, or social trends within the jurisdiction of the NPCA, and more specifically within the Lake Erie North Shore watershed. A complete review and necessary revisions is slated to occur every 5 years. Table 26: Watershed Monitoring Schedule Time Frame Action Monthly during ice free season(April- Surface water quality sampling November) Yearly Project Monitoring: photos and notes of restoration projects are taken to document status of project(i.e., improvements, growth, change) Typically every 3 years (spring and fall) Biological Monitoring and Assessment Program (BioMAP) sampling 5 Year Review Review of the Watershed Plan: Investigation of identified issues and status of recommended actions is completed. Any new issues will be identified and an updated restoration strategy will be created. Continuous Monitoring Continuous Monitoring In addition to monitoring the objectives or outcomes of the Watershed Plan, the monitoring process includes measuring the performance and success of the management actions used to achieve the objectives. In this regard, monitoring serves to collect and analyze aquatic, terrestrial and socio-economic data to identify changes in the watershed; both from restoration activities, and growth and development. This component of the monitoring program should include: Water quality sampling, benthic studies (BioMAP), and water temperature monitoring through the NPCA‟s Water Quality Monitoring Program. This data can 239 Landowners are given a monitoring journal to document any changes they observe occurring in the project area. Update Natural Heritage Information Database and GIS layers to reflect Natural Heritage Areas Inventory field surveys and project findings.

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