Protecting water at its source.
We strive to protect the undeveloped headwater forests and wetlands that serve as a filter for drinking water flowing into Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and Lake Ontario. By preserving this critical acreage, the health of the entire region will be protected for future generations.
It’s imperative that we protect the best of what remains.
What Are the Headwaters?
The source, or headwaters, of a river or stream is the farthest place in that river or stream from its beginning. The upstream region within a watershed and the source water for tributary streams.
Why Is Source Water Protection Important?
The greatest opportunities to preserve our fresh water are available where large areas of intact landscapes remain undisturbed — the headwaters.
As this water travels downstream, through our rivers and streams, towards the Great Lakes, it faces pollutants and barriers. It’s important to protect the area where water is least-impacted first to give it the best chance of maintaining its quality.