Our Watershed our Blueprint: Peterborough Watershed Plan

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"Our" - Belonging or associated with; a collective approach to watershed planning that recognizes the interconnectedness of the watershed system and its various impacts on the Peterborough community, neighbouring municipalities and indigenous communities.

"Blueprint" - a guide for making something; a plan or design that explains how something may be achieved.

No matter where you live or work, we are all located in a watershed. A watershed is simply defined as an area of land that drains surface water and groundwater into a river or stream. Protection and enhancement of a watershed and the water resource system, including surface water and groundwater features, is a priority action for the City of Peterborough. 

The watershed planning process will be a collaborative effort, dedicated to the protection and enhancement of our water resources.

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Use the mapping application to see what watershed you live in and discover what it has to offer.

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Harper Creek Subwatershed Study

The Harper Creek Subwatershed is a 262 hectare (ha) area in the City of Peterborough. Harper Creek is a cold water stream, and home to a variety of fish species, including Brook Trout. The Subwatershed contains one of the largest natural features in Peterborough, Harper Park and the Harper Creek Provincially Significant Wetland.

The purpose of the Subwatershed Study (SWS) is to create a detailed inventory of the water resource system, including the natural heritage features, functions, and cultural values of the Harper Creek subwatershed. The SWS will also recommend a land use plan, detailed management strategy, and stormwater management strategy that satisfies the policy direction of the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the City of Peterborough Official Plan.

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