Community-based water monitoring roundtable documents now available in French

January 14, 2021

Recommendations that address how the federal government can strategically support community-based water monitoring (CBWM) efforts across Canada are now available in English and French.

The Elevating Community-Based Water Monitoring in Canada documents were produced by The Gordon Foundation (who lead DataStream at the national level), Living Lakes Canada, and WWF-Canada, following a collaborative dialogue convened by the three organizations. 

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The documents are the result of a national roundtable discussion attended by more than 50 leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous CBWM practitioners, water scientists, policy and data experts, that illuminated the diversity of initiatives across the country, along with common challenges and opportunities.

The discussions identified actionable steps the federal government can take to show leadership and support in advancing community-based monitoring of freshwater ecosystems in Canada and are particularly relevant given current conversations about the role of the new Canada Water Agency (CWA).

The CWA’s formation provides an opportunity for the federal government to strategically nurture and support CBWM groups and scale up the impact of CBWM in Canada.

The roundtable recommendations are:

  • Support CBWM capacity building – by increasing funding to programs like Indigenous Guardians and making investments in skills and training;
  • Ensure effective monitoring practices are in place and easy to share – by determining the gaps and needs and providing leadership on best standards and practices;
  • Facilitate regional and national collaboration – by creating formal, integrated liaison positions within existing federal monitoring programs and following best practices for program governance and engagement with communities (e.g., Northern Contaminants Program);
  • Strengthen CBWM data management – by providing support to scale up existing data management efforts to build capacity and championing well-established data standards; and
  • Use CBWM data in decision-making – by developing a cross-departmental strategy to leverage CBWM data in science, policy, and regulatory decision-making, and, tracking and reporting ways in which CBWM data is ultimately used.
Final Recommendations

Final Recommendations for the federal government

These recommendations are the outcome of a national roundtable discussion aimed at identifying actionable steps the federal government can take to show leadership and support in advancing community-based monitoring of freshwater ecosystems in Canada.

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Featured Case Studies

Featured case studies

This document features a rich diversity of community-based water monitoring initiatives across Canada.

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Context for a National Discussion

Roundtable discussion paper

The discussion paper outlines themes discussed during the National Roundtable convened in November 2018 by Living Lakes Canada, WWF-Canada and The Gordon Foundation.

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