‘C’ grade for Raisin River

Creeks get ‘F’ on re­port card

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A C av­er­age is the grade the Raisin River gets in the lat­est “re­port card” is­sued by the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity.

The basin earns a C+ for for­est con­di­tions and sur­face wa­ter qual­ity and a C for wet­land con­di­tions.

Those are the same scores that were handed out in 2007.

Some parts of the wa­ter­shed score very poorly in the most re­cent eval­u­a­tion. For in­stance, some South Glen­garry wa­ter cour­ses get F grades in all cat­e­gories.

In the Fin­ney Creek wa­ter­shed, there is no wet­land cover.

In the Suther­land Creek, the amount of for­est cover, at 20 per cent, is low and may not of pre­serv­ing lo­cal for­est cover.

For­est in­te­rior can be in­creased by “bulk­ing up” wood­lots to make them larger and rounder by plant­ing na­tive trees and shrubs around ex­ist­ing wood­lots or al­low­ing the edges to nat­u­ral­ize on their own.

Con­nec­tions can be made be­tween wood­lots and other habi­tat types by plant­ing hedgerows or wind­breaks along fields, wa­ter­ways and roads.

To im­prove the health of in­di­vid­ual wood­lots, own­ers should pre­pare and fol­low wood­lot man­age­ment plans.

Wet­lands

Un­der “Lo­cal ac­tions needed for im­prove­ment” for wet­lands, the RRCA notes that bio-

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