DataStream Launches New Interactive Guide to Water Quality
January 26, 2021
A new online tool helps explain how water quality is measured and why it matters.
The illustrated guide provides an introduction to some of the most important and commonly monitored aspects of water quality, including:
- physical properties, such as water clarity, pH and temperature
- chemical substances, like nutrients, metals, minerals and pollutants from human activity, and;
- biological characteristics, including coliform bacteria and chlorophyll
Taken together these types of measurements can give us an indication of how healthy the water is and, importantly, how it may be changing over time.
Alongside local, place-based, and Traditional/Indigenous knowledge, this information can support decision-making and action to help protect our waters, so they remain healthy for generations to come.
To explore the water quality guide, visit datastream.org/guide.
For the Prince Edward Island Watershed Alliance (PEIWA) the benefits of being based in a small province are clear. “We can be really interconnected, and we can facilitate working together” explains Angela Banks, Project Manager at the Alliance, “when it comes to data management and equipment sharing and stuff like that it’s been really, really helpful to have that umbrella organization.”
The publication of an open data standard is enabling valuable freshwater data to be organized, accessed, and shared in a harmonized way. This data standard underpins DataStream, a growing online platform for sharing water data collected by Canada’s diverse water monitoring and research community.