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Binational Red and Assiniboine River Basin Water Quality Modelling

2012-08-30

Map of the Binational Red-Assiniboine SPARROW model with the water quality monitoring stations showing | © National Research Council, W. Jenkinson

Map of the Binational Red-Assiniboine SPARROW model with the water quality monitoring stations showing | © National Research Council, W. Jenkinson

A binational water quality modelling effort of the Red and Assiniboine river basin is the first of its kind to make use of harmonized geospatial datasets and combined water quality datasets from federal, provincial and state jurisdictions. The International Joint Commission (IJC) hosted a second international workshop (July 2012) between Canadian and American scientists in support of this. 

The USGS-developed models Fluxmaster (load estimation) and SPARROW (SPAtially Referenced Regressions On Watershed attributes) are being used for this application. These models will help address critical research questions including allocation of nutrient sources by watershed, jurisdiction and human activity, and the integrity of stream and river monitoring networks, and serve as a future decision-making tool. The workshop focused on achievement of a working binational SPARROW model for the basin that can be used in presentations as a proof-of-concept at upcoming International Red River and Souris River Board meetings. 

The project is led by Dr. Glenn Benoy (Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division) and Dr. Wayne Jenkinson (National Research Council), under the leadership of Mr. Ted Yuzyk (IJC Canadian Section). Strategic collaboration with Jean-Francois Bibeault (Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance) is underway to enhance monitoring and reporting. Key partners include the USGS, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This project also directly supports the broader Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (2012-2017).

Contacts: Glenn Benoy, 506-452-4825, Glenn.Benoy@ec.gc.ca; Jean-Francois Bibeault, 514-496-2898, Jean-Francois.Bibeault@ec.gc.ca | Water Science and Technology Directorate