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Water Research Topics

Environment Canada research is vitally important to the conservation and protection of Canada's water resources. Environment Canada scientists are leading the way in recognizing new threats to the quality and quantity of freshwater and in producing the scientific knowledge needed by policy makers and governments to act swiftly to confront them.

Environment Canada conducts research in every region of Canada, investigating environmental issues such as impacts of agriculture, industry, and urbanization on water quality; the effects of contaminants in lakes, rivers, groundwater, and sediments; the extent of atmospherically transported persistent organic pollutants and metals in aquatic ecosystems; and the potential impact of climate change on water quantity and quality.

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Winter scene | Photo: Environment CanadaIn Canada, 24,000 drugs are approved for human and veterinary use - some of these are being found in wastewater and agricultural runoff | Photo: Environment CanadaElevated E. coli bacteria levels can adversely affect recreational waters and result in beach closures | Photo: Corel CorporationWinter sampling water chemistry on Batchawana Lake | Photo: Environment CanadaFarm scene | Photo: Environment Canada