NWT-wide Community based Water Quality Monitoring

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, water quality, aquatic ecosystems

Principal Investigator: Somers, Gila L (6)
Licence Number: 17013
Organization: GNWT-ENR Water Resources Division
Licensed Year(s): 2022
Issued: Apr 27, 2022
Project Team: Laura Krutko, Ryan Gregory, Guylaine Ross

Objective(s): To address community concerns about aquatic ecosystem health and water quality.

Project Description: This licence has been issued for the scientific research application No.4762.

Water Quality Monitoring equipment is deployed at over 40 sites across the NWT to address community concerns.

Community members were trained to use the following equipment:
• Sondes: sit in the water and measure basic water quality parameters every 2 hours for up to 3 months. Analysis undertaken at Environment and Natural Resources (ENR).
• Grab water samples: measure basic parameters, nutrients, physicals, major ions, and metals. Analysis done by Taiga Laboratory in Yellowknife.
• Polyethylene Membrane Devices (PMDs): measure oil and gas chemicals and sit in the water for up to 30 days. Analysis done at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Results will be presented to communities using various communications material such as posters, calendar, summary reports and community presentations. Data is available for download and viewing at http://mackenziedatastream.org/.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from June 14, 2022 to October 29, 2022