Mackenzie DataStream is an open access platform for sharing information on freshwater health. It currently allows users to access, visualize, and download full water quality datasets collected by communities in the Mackenzie River Basin.
Our mission is to promote knowledge sharing across watersheds and advance collaborative decision-making, so our waters remain healthy for generations to come
Who We Are
DataStream Initiative is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to advancing freshwater protection through open data flows. The online DataStream hubs improve access to water quality data in Canada and are delivered in collaboration with regional monitoring networks. Mackenzie DataStream was developed through a unique collaboration between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories, Mackenzie DataStream's founding partner.
The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic charity with a longstanding commitment to protecting Canada’s water. The Foundation supports innovative research, communication, and collaboration to strengthen citizen engagement in freshwater management, and to drive the development of sound freshwater policy. DataStream Initiative was developed and incubated within The Gordon Foundation. Moving forward, The Gordon Foundation is committed to supporting the long-term success of DataStream Initiative, including the development of DataStream hubs across Canada to meet regional needs.
The Government of the Northwest Territories, in partnership with water partners throughout the Northwest Territories, the Mackenzie River Basin and beyond, leads the implementation of the NWT Water Strategy. The NWT Water Strategy - which was developed by federal and Aboriginal governments, environmental organizations, regulatory boards and other water partners - is the guiding policy document of for water management in the territory. Its implementation supports the vision that "waters of the NWT remain clean, abundant and productive for all time."
Support for the incorporation of blockchain technology into DataStream is powered by RBC. This technology improves data security, tracking and transparency on DataStream. This collaboration showcases how blockchain, open data and citizen science can be used to create a culture of evidence-based decision making to ensure freshwater health.
RBC Foundation supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships, community investments and employee volunteer activities. Learn more about the RBC Foundation at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability
Evolution and Growth
DataStream was first piloted in the Mackenzie Basin through a unique collaboration between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories, Mackenzie DataStream’s Founding Partner. Today, Mackenzie DataStream is integral to the delivery of the Northwest Territories Water Strategy. The success of DataStream throughout the Mackenzie Basin has allowed this model to be expanded to Atlantic Canada, the Lake Winnipeg Basin and the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence region.
In 2020, DataStream received its own charitable status, and The Gordon Foundation is committed to supporting its long-term success. The vision is for DataStream to become a pan-Canadian platform with regional hubs across the country to support local needs.
DataStream Program Manager
Executive Director, Water Programs
Senior Software Developer
Water Data Specialist
DataStream Product Manager
DataStream Operations Coordinator
Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
Watershed Management Advisor, Water Resources Division, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
Section Head, Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR)
Director of Lands Resources and Treaty Rights
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Associate Director, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
Aquatic Ecologist and Limnologist
DataStream is built with and for a growing community of water champions. DataStream is much more than software, it is a space to bring people and data together, so we can better care for the waters we share.
DataStream is designed to be as compatible as possible with existing data standards and emerging web technologies. This enables diverse programs and complementary systems to work together (inter-operate).
Caring for our waters requires long-term thinking. That’s why we are committed to ensuring DataStream is sustainable over time, providing a safe and secure home for water quality data.
DataStream is open-access, meaning it’s free and open for anyone to use. We work closely with data stewards and partners to continually improve DataStream so it’s as user-friendly as possible.