The Long Point Region watershed takes in the area drained by 14 major watercourses that empty into Lake Erie. Among them are Big Otter Creek, Big Creek, Lynn River-Black Creek, Nanticoke Creek and Sandusk Creek.
These creeks drain an area of 2,780 square kilometres in portions of Elgin, Norfolk, Oxford, Brant and Haldimand counties.
Agriculture is the dominant land use in the watershed. Major communities include Port Burwell in Elgin County; Norwich and Tillsonburg in Oxford County; Delhi, Waterford, Simcoe and Port Dover in Norfolk County; and Jarvis and Hagersville in Haldimand County.
The total population is estimated at about 100,000 people. Nearly two-thirds of those people rely on municipally-operated water supply for their drinking water and other water needs. Of the more than 60,000 residents on municipal water supply, approximately 75 per cent rely on groundwater, with the rest supplied by surface water intakes (Lake Erie, Lehman Reservoir). The remaining residents of the watershed rely on private water sources for their drinking water supply.
The Long Point Region Source Protection Plan is effective July 1, 2016.
The Long Point Region Conservation Authority works with local communities and its many partners to achieve the conservation, restoration, development and responsible management of water, land and natural habitats through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs.