DataStream Launches New Interactive Guide to Water Quality
January 26, 2021
A new online tool helps explain how water quality is measured and why it matters.
The illustrated guide provides an introduction to some of the most important and commonly monitored aspects of water quality, including:
- physical properties, such as water clarity, pH and temperature
- chemical substances, like nutrients, metals, minerals and pollutants from human activity, and;
- biological characteristics, including coliform bacteria and chlorophyll
Taken together these types of measurements can give us an indication of how healthy the water is and, importantly, how it may be changing over time.
Alongside local, place-based, and Traditional/Indigenous knowledge, this information can support decision-making and action to help protect our waters, so they remain healthy for generations to come.
To explore the water quality guide, visit datastream.org/guide.
The success of the Northwest Territories-wide community-based monitoring (NWT-wide CBM) program is a testament to the power of collaboration in action. Running for a decade now, the program has grown to include 21 communities that collect water quality data from over 40 monitoring sites across the territory.
The publication of an open data standard is enabling valuable freshwater data to be organized, accessed, and shared in a harmonized way. This data standard underpins DataStream, a growing online platform for sharing water data collected by Canada’s diverse water monitoring and research community.