NWT-wide Community-based Monitoring Program
The NWT Water Stewardship Strategy is a collaborative endeavour between Aboriginal, territorial, federal, and municipal governments, communities, non-government organizations and others. It guides NWT water stewardship and management. The Strategy’s vision is to ensure that NWT waters remain “clean, abundant and productive for all time” and is founded on the importance of multiple forms of knowledge informing stewardship (e.g., traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge) (ENR 2010). During development of the Strategy, community and Aboriginal government partners expressed the desire to be actively involved in community-based monitoring.
The Northwest Territories (NWT)-Wide Community-based Water Quality Monitoring (CBM) program was developed and implemented in 2012. The CBM program was, and continues to be, a collaborative program that sees staff from the Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECC), Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), working in partnership with communities and regional organizations across the NWT to:
• Address community questions about water quality, changes over time and impacts of stressors, such as upstream
development and climate change;
• Provide opportunities for community members to gain experience in water quality monitoring in their local watersheds;
• Build community capacity for water quality monitoring.
The CBM program includes 21 NWT communities working in partnership with government to monitor water quality at over 40 sites. Water quality data for a wide range of parameters is collected using up to four types of water quality sampling techniques/monitoring equipment.
The program supports communities through training, technical support, data analysis and the provision of water quality monitoring equipment. ENR-GNWT currently plays a coordinating role in the overall program, and provides hands-on training to local monitors.
|Data Steward Email||NWTWaterStrategy@gov.nt.ca|
|Data Collection Organization||Communities of the Northwest Territories; NWT-wide Community Based Water Quality Monitoring Program; Government of the Northwest Territories, Environment and Climate Change|
|Data Upload Organization||Government of the Northwest Territories, Environment and Climate Change|
|Maintenance Frequency Code||unknown|
|Topic Category Code||inlandWaters|
|Keywords||Water, Heavy Metals, Hydrocarbons, Surface, Mercury, Water Quality|
|Spatial Extent||-135.214° 59.404°, -108.894° 68.561° (W S, E N)|
|Vertical Extent||1969-12-31 to 1970-01-01|
|Temporal Extent||2012-05-31 to 2022-10-01|
|Alternate Formats||FGP-HNAP ISO:19115-2 (XML) , W3C DCAT (XML) , W3C DCAT (JSON-LD)|
Communities of the Northwest Territories; NWT-wide Community Based Water Quality Monitoring Program; Government of the Northwest Territories, Environment and Climate Change. 2023-06-07. "NWT-wide Community-based Monitoring Program" (dataset). 10.0.0. DataStream. https://doi.org/10.25976/4der-gd31.
Environment and Climate Change, Government of the Northwest Territories
Data Collection Information
The CBM program collected data for a wide range of parameters using up to four types of water quality sampling
• Polyethylene Membrane Devices (PMDs) – PMDs passively sample for a suite of parent and alkylated dissolved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) over a 15 - 30 day period. Analyses of these passive samplers were completed by Dr. Mingsheng Ma and his team at the Biogeochemical Analytical Service Laboratory at the University of Alberta.
• YSI Sondes and EXO 2 Sondes – Sondes measure temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll, pH, and ORP every 2-hours for the duration of the open-water season. Data collected by the sondes is interpreted by ENR staff
• Surface grab water samples – each suite of surface grab water samples are analyzed for over 70 parameters. This includes basic parameters (such as turbidity, specific conductivity, pH and alkalinity), nutrients, major ions, organics, and dissolved and total trace elements. In 2016, where feasible, bacteriological sampling was added to the
suite, and continued to be sampled in subsequent years. Surface grab water samples were collected from all sites monthly during the field season (June – October), which resulted in 3-5 samples per year depending on the location of the sample site. The surface grab water samples were analyzed at the Taiga Laboratory in Yellowknife, NT.
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