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.
This is part of a blog series highlighting how water data is being put to use to protect freshwater.
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.
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