Where does your tap water come from?

Watersheds

A watershed is the area of land that drains surface water and groundwater to a common water body, such as a creek, stream, lake or the ocean. We all live in a watershed, regardless of how far we are from a body of water; therefore, the activities we do on land impact our water quality.

A source water area is the watershed or wellhead contribution zone that contributes all the water used to supply drinking water from the source. A source water area is the watershed or wellhead contribution zone that contributes all the water used to supply drinking water from the source

The source water areas in the CBRM are Kelly Lake, Middle Lake Wellfield, MacAskill Brook Dam, Waterford Lake, Kilkenny Lake, and Pottle Lake.

Each year ACAP Cape Breton hosts guided Watershed Walks through each of the six watersheds to show off the plants, animals, and beautiful scenery we have so close to home. For the 2020 season, in lieu of in person walks ACAP is putting together virtual watershed Walks. 

To watch the videos please click here

We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. 

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