New videos promoting the NWT-wide Community-based Water Quality Monitoring Program have been released by the Government of Northwest Territories’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR).
The videos provide an overview of the program and step-by-step instructions on how to take a water sample. The two videos are intended to be valuable resources for NWT communities looking to get more involved in research and monitoring.
During the development of Northern Voices, Northern Waters: NWT Water Stewardship Strategy (2010), NWT communities and Indigenous governments highlighted the need to be more involved in water stewardship activities, such as monitoring and research.
The NWT-wide Community-based Water Quality Monitoring Program started in 2012. It was designed to contribute to the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy in three ways:
- Provide opportunities for local monitors to do water sampling activities.
- Collect water quality information for a baseline data set.
- Help address community concerns about the health of the water.
The program involves community members from 21 different communities in the NWT, ENR staff, and other water partners. The goal of the monitoring program is to include NWT residents in water quality water monitoring at sites across the NWT to answer community questions about water quality.
More information about the NWT-wide Community-based Water Quality Monitoring Program is available here.