Subwatershed planning is a method of managing ground and surface water systems through engineering and land use planning that is based on ecology and resource management.

On this page:

  1. Our partners
  2. Watershed planning
  3. Subwatershed studies

Our partners

We work with the Grand River Conservation Authority, Region of Waterloo and other groups that have authority in a watershed when we start a subwatershed plan.

Watershed planning

A watershed planning program will normally include:

  • stormwater and floodplain management
  • protection of the integrity of both hydrological and hydrogeological functions
  • conservation of wetlands and woodlands
  • maintenance, or improvement, of fish habitat
  • conservation and restoration of ecologically functional natural features and corridors
  • land use planning

Retention of key natural heritage features and maintenance of the ecological processes of the watershed while planning for urbanizing land uses and landscape restoration, are integral to the watershed planning process.

Watershed plans are often implemented through the incorporation of policies into municipal planning documents, including:

  • official plans
  • secondary, district or community plans and further development applications

Subwatershed studies

We’ve completed these subwatershed studies:

  • Alder and Upper Strasburg Creek
  • Blair, Bechtel and Bauman Creeks
  • Doon South Creek
  • Laurel Creek watershed
  • Strasburg Creek watershed