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CBM In Action: Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network

October 15, 2019

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) was launched in fall 2015. Supported by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation ’s Science Advisory Council, this growing network engages citizen volunteers to collect water samples across Manitoba using scientifically vetted protocols. Samples are then analyzed in a lab to measure phosphorus concentration and calculate the amount of phosphorus being exported off the landscape.

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CBM In Action: East Interlake Conservation District

July 31, 2019

Water monitoring groups of all shapes and sizes are taking action to protect rivers, lakes and wetlands. These are the amazing people and initiatives that inspire us to do the work we do here at DataStream. In this video Armand Belanger of East Interlake Conservation District talks about the work his organization is doing to protect water quality in the Lake Winnipeg region.

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Water Quality Challenges in Lake Winnipeg

July 22, 2019

Lake Winnipeg is sometime called the Great Lake of the West – and with good reason. The 10th largest freshwater lake in the world, this vast inland sea defines Manitoba’s geography, drives its economy, shapes its cultures and supports its biodiversity. But Lake Winnipeg is also in trouble. Algae blooms have been increasing in size and frequency over the past several decades – contaminating beaches, reducing water quality and threatening the viability of lakeshore industries and communities.

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Lake Winnipeg DataStream puts water data on the map in Manitoba and beyond

March 20, 2019

Winnipeg, MB – A powerful new tool to help the public and scientists better understand the health of the Lake Winnipeg watershed is launching today. Lake Winnipeg DataStream ( www.lakewinnipegdatastream.ca ) is an open-access, online hub for securely sharing water quality data. It is led nationally by The Gordon Foundation and delivered locally in collaboration with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF). Dozens of monitoring programs are collecting scientifically robust data about the Lake Winnipeg watershed in order to track and better understand any changes to freshwater health. The challenge until now has been accessing the data generated through these diverse programs. This is what Lake Winnipeg DataStream is designed to do. Lake Winnipeg DataStream is user-friendly, free and doesn’t require passwords. Crucially, the platform is built with community monitors, policy-makers and researchers in mind. “In the past it’s been difficult to access freshwater data,” says Sherry Campbell, President & CEO of The Gordon Foundation. “That poses challenges both for identifying environmental issues that impact Lake Winnipeg as well as for developing effective, evidence-based, watershed management policies.” LWF coordinates the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network, which mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across Manitoba. With support from conservation partners and the guidance of LWF science advisors, this growing network is identifying phosphorus hotspots – localized areas that contribute higher amounts of algae-causing phosphorus to local waterways than other areas.

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The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network’s 2019 Gathering

March 19, 2019

Participants and supporters of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) met at the University of Manitoba in February to learn more about recent LWCBMN activities, how water-quality data are being used and other CBM initiatives. Coordinated by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF), LWCBMN mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across Manitoba. With the help of conservation partners and the guidance of LWF science advisors, the network is identifying phosphorus hotspots – localized areas that contribute higher amounts of algae-causing phosphorus to local waterways than other areas.

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DataStream at the 2018 Living Waters Rally

October 11, 2018

Last week, DataStream joined over 100 freshwater organizations from across Canada for the 2018 Living Waters Rally. This year’s Rally took place near the shores of the Peticodiac River in Moncton, New Brunswick on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples. Organized by the Freshwater Alliance, these biannual gatherings are valuable opportunities for groups to connect and learn from countrywide efforts to protect freshwater. This year, we were excited to be involved in several sessions during the rally:

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DataStream Wins Water's Next Award

June 22, 2018

On June 20, DataStream won the 2018 Water’s Next award for Project & Technology at the Canadian Water Summit in Vancouver. DataStream is an open-access, online platform for sharing information about freshwater health in the Mackenzie Basin.  The Water’s Next Awards celebrate achievements in the water community from storm water management to innovation in drinking water solutions, web technologies, local stewardship and more. DataStream promotes public participation and trust in water stewardship decisions.

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The results are in! National CBM Survey Highlights

March 15, 2018

Through a diversity of monitoring, stewardship and guardian programs, communities across Canada are playing an increasingly important role in gathering critical information about the health of their watersheds. As interest in community-based water monitoring (CBWM) grows, investments to organize and implement community-driven initiatives are being made. However, to realize the full potential of these efforts, there is a need for strategic thinking, collaboration, and coordination, including at the national level.

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NEW FEATURE: Search for Monitoring Data by Sub-Basin

March 2, 2018

One of the exciting things about DataStream is watching it grow and evolve over time. Not only are more datasets coming online, but we are continually making it better thanks to the thoughtful feedback we get from DataStream users. Now, by popular demand, you can filter your search for monitoring data within the sub-basins of the larger Mackenzie River Basin. This is so important because it allows communities to view and compare data across shared waterways.

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Announcing the New DataStream Coordinator

February 8, 2018

As the DataStream platform continues to grow and evolve, so too does our team, and we are excited to announce that Lindsay Day is joining us as the new DataStream Coordinator. Lindsay will assist with the ongoing expansion of DataStream, and will work with communities in the Mackenzie River Basin to continually improve the DataStream platform. Please join us in welcoming Lindsay to  The Gordon Foundation  and the DataStream team. By way of introduction, we share a short Q&A with Lindsay here.

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