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Sharing Advances in Freshwater Quality Monitoring


Photo showing a vessel (in the foreground) used by Environment Canada for freshwater quality monitoring efforts.The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s Water Quality Monitoring Sub-Group and Environment Canada’s Water Quality Index Working Group co-organized a recent workshop for their partners and other stakeholders with an interest in sharing and promoting advances of knowledge in monitoring freshwater quality in Canada.  A number of presentations and consensus-building discussions focused on: trend analyses; site-specific guidelines; network modelling; risk-based approaches for monitoring at the site and watershed levels; and methods for calculating and reporting on water quality indices made this event a considerable success for all participants.

Co-chairs, Paul Klawunn (Environment Canada) and Aaron Todd (Ontario Ministry of  the Environment), and members of the Water Quality Index production team, Jean-Francois Bibeault and Julie Boyer (Environment Canada), hosted 70 participants for three days recently in Toronto. Speakers from the United States Geological Survey, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Ontario’s conservation authorities, academia, non-governmental organizations, and Environment Canada presented the results of their work on water quality indicators and monitoring.

Contacts: Julie Boyer,; Paul Klawunn,, Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance

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