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.

  1. Promulgate robust, integrated policies and procedures for the monitoring and protection of water quality and quantity, especially in headwaters and source water recharge areas.
  2. Expeditiously establish a timeline for the full implementation of Low Impact Development [LID] practices throughout the watershed in new and existing communities.
  3. Expedite the implementation of strategies and actions for comprehensive subwatershed plans throughout the watershed, including steps to increase wetland and forest cover, protect biologically diverse habitats, manage invasive species, support species at risk, and manage the impacts of new aggregate operations.
  4. Maintain strong enforcement of sediment regulations.
  5. Expedite the implementation of comprehensive sewage treatment and wastewater management plans for the entire watershed with a focus on environmental and community health.
  6. Support the earliest possible implementation of natural heritage plans in each municipality contained within the watershed.
  7. Expedite the delivery of outreach programs designed to improve the understanding of, and engagement of watershed stakeholders in initiatives to protect the health of the natural environment and population within the watershed.