Ghost Watershed Water Quality Monitoring Program

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The purpose of the multi-year GWAS Water Monitoring Plan is to provide knowledge and a database of information about the health of the lotic aquatic systems within the Ghost Watershed. Monitoring changes over time is an important aspect of protecting a watershed. Monitoring of watershed health following the CABiN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) protocol is a recommendation in the Ghost River State of the Watershed Report (2018). The data collected will augment existing information and is intended to assist public land managers and other organizations tasked with water management responsibilities to better manage our water resources. It will also help GWAS identify high priority sites for future restoration and provide baseline data for future state of the watershed reporting.

Version 2.0.0
Data Steward Email
Data Collection Organization Ghost Watershed Alliance Society
Data Upload Organization Ghost Watershed Alliance Society
Progress Code onGoing
Maintenance Frequency Code annually
Topic Category Code inlandWaters
Keywords Water quality, CABiN, Ghost River watershed, Waiparous Creek
Spatial Extent -115.199° 51.263°, -114.838° 51.394° (W S, E N)
Temporal Extent 2020-09-01 to 2020-10-05
Date Published
Alternate Formats FGP-HNAP ISO:19115-2 (XML) , W3C DCAT (XML) , W3C DCAT (JSON-LD)


Ghost Watershed Alliance Society. 2022-04-30. "Ghost Watershed Water Quality Monitoring Program" (dataset). 2.0.0. DataStream.

Funding Sources

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, Land Stewardship Centre of Canada, Bow River Basin Council (FRIP grant).

Data Collection Information

Water properties were either recorded on-site using a YSI-DSS multimeter* or samples were collected in specific plastic containers provided by the analytical laboratory depending on the test**: 

- pH* 

- Dissolved oxygen (DO mg/L)* 

- Specific conductance(us/cm)* 

- Turbidity (NTU)* 

- Total suspended solids (TSS)** 

- Nitrogen (nitrate and nitrite)** 

- Phosphorous (total)** 

- Major ions (alkalinity)**

Data Collection Processing

The YSS multimeter was calibrated by a certified supplier. Samples were analyzed by an accredited laboratory. In order to maintain QA/QC of each sample, the same laboratories that were originally selected and used in 2020 will continue to be used.

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