RiverWatch is a program to assess the health of the Bonnechere watershed by bio-monitoring 28 tributaries spread throughout the watershed and by water quality testing 9 sites along the main stem of the river. A downloadable copy of the entire 2010 and 2011 RiverWatch Reports are included under Attachments, below.
The RiverWatch program was continued in 2011. The entire 2011 RiverWatch report is available as a download below.
During the 2011 summer season, the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP), in collaboration
with Carleton University, was able to visit three lakes in the Bonnechere River watershed (BRW) as
part of its RiverWatch program, to meet members of the lake associations and to take some
measurements in each lake at points of interest to the group. This report includes the results of those
measurements. It also includes a report prepared by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment at the
request of the BRWP based on time series data from the MOE Lake Partners program for the four BRW
lakes in the program. The report is available here.
On August 31, 2011, during a visit to Golden Lake, the BRWP RiverWatch team (Jessica Danard, BRWP RiverWatch coordinator, and Sarah Anderson, Carleton University, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies) and Jack Blair (Golden Lake steward) measured some basic water quality parameters with both the Sonde water quality instrument (supplied by Dr. Murray Richardson, Carleton University, DGES) and the Vernier water quality probes owned by the Bonnechere River Watershed Project. The purpose was to see how comparable the results were, in order to decide how to use equipment in future projects. The report is available here.
A presentation on the watershed monitoring program (2010-2012) was given by Dr. Murray Richardson and Sarah Anderson from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of Carleton University during the BRWP's 2011 AGM on April 14, 2012 at the Sands on Golden Lake. A downloadable copy of the presentation is available here.