Water quality is determined by its physical, chemical and biological characteristics. Although, it is primarily the responsibility of provinces and territories in Canada, the federal government plays a leading role in scientific research, monitoring and leadership on the development of guidelines for water quality. At Environment and Climate Change Canada a distributed network of chemists, biologists and ecologists share a common goal of protecting the health of Canada's aquatic ecosystems. With offices in several areas of the country, we implement the majority of our monitoring programs with provincial and territorial partners.
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