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DataStream’s first Northern Data-thon!

June 19, 2019

In May the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) hosted over 40 water stewards from across the territory for a community-based water monitoring workshop. The workshop included training in monitoring protocols, results-sharing and discussion. It also provided an opportunity for some hands-on time with DataStream for water monitors to dive into all the data they’ve been collecting. 

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Horn Lake, Mackenzie River Basin, Northwest Territories

New Mackenzie DataStream website coming soon!

February 11, 2019

Some big changes are coming to Mackenzie DataStream and we can’t wait to share them! Slated for release later this month, the new Mackenzie DataStream will have a fresh new design and several upgraded features that make data sharing and searching easier than ever before:  New search filters for locating datasets Streamlined upload process for sharing data New data format that includes even more water quality parameters Community stories map so you can learn what others are doing  And more! Check back soon! We'll be releasing the new site in the coming weeks!

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DataStream at the 2018 Living Waters Rally

October 11, 2018

Last week, DataStream joined over 100 freshwater organizations from across Canada for the 2018 Living Waters Rally. This year’s Rally took place near the shores of the Peticodiac River in Moncton, New Brunswick on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. Organized by the Freshwater Alliance, these biannual gatherings are valuable opportunities for groups to connect and learn from countrywide efforts to protect freshwater. This year, we were excited to be involved in several sessions during the rally:

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Building the Indigenous Guardians Network: In Conversation with Valérie Courtois

August 29, 2018

Earlier this summer DataStream Coordinator, Lindsay Day, had a chance to catch up with Valérie Courtois, Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, while in Fort Good Hope/Rádeyįlįkóé, NWT. The Indigenous Leadership Initiative is promoting a federally funded, Indigenous-led National Indigenous Guardians Network in Canada. Through Guardian programs across the country, Indigenous communities are managing, monitoring and protecting the land, water and wildlife of ancestral lands according to cultural values and Indigenous law.

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Members of WWF, the Atlantic Water Network, the PEI Watershed alliance, and the Gordon Foundation at the Water's Next Award

DataStream Wins Water's Next Award

June 22, 2018

On June 20, DataStream won the 2018 Water’s Next award for Project & Technology at the Canadian Water Summit in Vancouver. DataStream is an open-access, online platform for sharing information about freshwater health in the Mackenzie Basin.  The Water’s Next Awards celebrate achievements in the water community from storm water management to innovation in drinking water solutions, web technologies, local stewardship and more. DataStream promotes public participation and trust in water stewardship decisions.

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Water Quality in Northeastern British Columbia

June 11, 2018

This week, my team at GW Solutions shared a collection of water datasets on Mackenzie DataStream that we had compiled for a project for the Peace River Regional District and Treaty 8 Tribal Association. As any scientist knows, it can take a lot of time and effort to organize and pull data together. This is why we are so pleased to be making this information openly accessible on Mackenzie DataStream, so that it can be of benefit to others.   

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The results are in! National CBM Survey Highlights

March 15, 2018

Through a diversity of monitoring, stewardship and guardian programs, communities across Canada are playing an increasingly important role in gathering critical information about the health of their watersheds. As interest in community-based water monitoring (CBWM) grows, investments to organize and implement community-driven initiatives are being made. However, to realize the full potential of these efforts, there is a need for strategic thinking, collaboration, and coordination, including at the national level.

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NEW FEATURE: Search for Monitoring Data by Sub-Basin

March 2, 2018

One of the exciting things about DataStream is watching it grow and evolve over time. Not only are more datasets coming online, but we are continually making it better thanks to the thoughtful feedback we get from DataStream users. Now, by popular demand, you can filter your search for monitoring data within the sub-basins of the larger Mackenzie River Basin. This is so important because it allows communities to view and compare data across shared waterways.

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Fort Nelson First Nation Expands Liard Basin Water Monitoring Initiative

February 8, 2018

Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) and Geoscience BC have signed an agreement which will see FNFN take over four hydrometric stations in its territory. The monitoring information gathered will be shared by FNFN on Mackenzie DataStream where it can be connected with other water monitoring data in the region. FNFN will use the stations to monitor water flow as part of its Liard River Basin Monitoring Initiative project. As FNFN Chief Harrison Dickie explained, “These stations will build on the existing data collected by FNFN. This will ensure that when industry levels pick up, FNFN can make accurately and timely decisions in regards to proposed water withdrawals. This gives us the ability to make decisions with sound data to ensure our water is being utilized in a safe and sustainable manner.”

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Celebrating Mackenzie DataStream’s One-Year Anniversary!

February 8, 2018

Mackenzie DataStream has come a long way since our official launch last November. One year in, the platform continues to evolve and grow as a trusted home and source for community-based water monitoring data throughout the Mackenzie River Basin. None of this would have been possible without the continued participation and support of the communities, monitoring groups, and governments we work with — including founding partner, the Government of the Northwest Territories — to ensure that water monitoring data is open, accessible, and usable. Water connects us all and amazing things happen when we come together for the sake of better caring for it!

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Announcing the New DataStream Coordinator

February 8, 2018

As the DataStream platform continues to grow and evolve, so too does our team, and we are excited to announce that Lindsay Day is joining us as the new DataStream Coordinator. Lindsay will assist with the ongoing expansion of DataStream, and will work with communities in the Mackenzie River Basin to continually improve the DataStream platform. Please join us in welcoming Lindsay to  The Gordon Foundation  and the DataStream team. By way of introduction, we share a short Q&A with Lindsay here.

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Community Based Monitoring in Canada

February 8, 2018

Community-Based Monitoring (CBM) is a fundamental part of collecting freshwater data in Canada. Mackenzie DataStream depends on the hard work of these CBM programs and their willingness to share their data online. However, many people around the country and the world do not know what CBM is or what it does. Tyler Carlson (Simon Fraser University), Alice Cohen (Acadia University) and Kat Hartwig (Living Lakes Canada) have put together “  A Snapshot of Community Based Water Monitoring in Canada ” to help educate people on CBM and answer some important questions surrounding the topic.

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