Working for a healthy and sustained river system
The Credit River Alliance (CRA) is a non-profit umbrella organization representing the combined membership interests of 25 environmental and conservation groups representing thousands of supporters who are committed to protecting and sustaining the quality of the Credit River watershed system.
The 1000 square kilometres of land that is drained or “sheds” water via more than 1500 kilometres of the Credit River and its tributaries forms the Credit River Watershed. It also hosts one of the most diverse landscapes in southern Ontario, supporting biologically diverse species of flora and fauna found within the Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine.
It is also situated in one of the most densely populated regions in Canada. Between 1996 and 2006, the population within the watershed increased by 32 per cent, from 573,000 to 758,000. Population growth is forecast to continue—in the Region of Peel the number of residents is expected to increase from 1.3 million in 2011 to 1.4 million by 2031.
Continuing urbanization and land use changes along with climate change represent real and significant threats to the capacity of the Credit River watershed to support natural systems--features and functions—including human life (2007 CVC strategy and 2013 Report Card).
The Credit River Alliance strongly urges all levels of government and their agencies—municipal, regional and provincial—to ensure the following protective measures are put in place to sustain and improve the health of the Credit River Watershed.