The GRCA works with researchers from Ontario universities to learn more about the watershed environment and the issues it faces.
The GRCA gives access to its properties to researchers for their studies.
Over the years, researchers have monitored great egrets, done surveys of rare species such as Blanding's turtles and studied the impact of wind turbines on bat migration.
A wealth of monitoring data is collected by the GRCA and other agencies. Often, the data and the results of research are shared among researchers and watershed managers. Information sharing helps them address the complex problems facing the watershed environment. When researchers share information, they can also identify gaps in data and knowledge, which can set the stage for further investigations.
Researchers wanting to access GRCA land for field studies require permission and must have an access permit. It is expected that any research carried out on GRCA property will be shared with the GRCA. Complete the Research Access Form and submit it to:
The GRCA has a signed memoranda of understanding with four watershed post-secondary institutions: University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph and Conetogo College.
The agreements promote independent and shared research and education initiatives that contribute to our collective knowledge and understanding of:
The GRCA hosts research forums, science dialogues and technical workshops on topics such as the assimilative capacity of the river, water demand management and environmental flows.
Monitoring, geospatial data, watershed management plans and other technical studies are available on the GRCA website.