Former Saint Mary’s University student, Cory Blanchard, created a series of videos featuring some of the CBEMN’s community partners and the role the Network plays in each organization’s monitoring efforts.  To learn more about how the Sackville Rivers Association, the Clean Foundation & Easternshore Forest Watch  check out their videos.

Need to calibrate your YSI Professional Plus Multiprobe? Visit the CURA H2O website for an easy to follow video!

Documents, Manuals, Reports and References

Websites and Resources of Interest

Guide to Writing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan

This document was created by the CBEMN and CURA H2O to assist stewardship organizations in preparing a water quality monitoring plan.

Citizen Science Central

The Citizen Science Central website based at Cornell University in the USA has developed some useful links and tools, including a discussion forum and a growing list of references.

Invasive Species (yellow floating heart & hydrilla)

We currently have invasive species fact sheets on the aquatic invasive plant species yellow floating heart and hydrilla. Early identification and removal are key in preventing this type of ecosystem transformation. These fact sheets provide guidance on identification, prevention, and what to do if these species are found in a local aquatic environment.

An Online Resource for Tree Identification

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources has launched a new website which presents a virtual tour of 30 commercial Nova Scotia tree species. A catalogue is available on this website in the hopes for “better forestry management and a keener appreciation of the natural world” (Louis Legge, The Chronicle Herald, March 2, 2008).

Environment Canada

Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring Protocols have been developed for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Formally under “The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN)”.


NatureWatch is a series of ecological monitoring programs that encourage you to become a citizen scientist. NatureWatch lets you learn about the environment while gathering the information scientists need to monitor and protect it. Data collected through NatureWatch is being used to add to our knowledge of the effects of climate change and other impacts on biodiversity.

Fish Rescue Guidelines

The Nova Scotia Salmon Association has posted fish rescue guidelines on the Adopt-a-Stream web page.

Marine Community Monitoring Manual

This manual has been adapted from the Western Australia Marine Community Monitoring Program. It is intended to help interested and/or concerned citizens monitor and manage their marine environments. Authors: Chelsea Adams and Oliver Woods.

Field Sheet Templates

We have developed field sheet templates for use in the field to record water quality data. There are two copies available for download, the first allows community partners to record water chemistry data including pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and more. The second version allows for the recording of water chemistry data along with the various site data and river bank measurements.

Field Sheet Template – water chemistry

Field Sheet Template – water chemistry and site data

Student Theses and Written Work

Public Perception of Water Quality in Halifax Harbour
Author: Sarah Weston (Department of Geography: Saint Mary’s University)

An Overview of Environmental Monitoring and its Significance in Resource and Environmental Management
Author: Sarah Weston (Master of Resource and Environmental Management Canadidate, Dalhousie)

Developing a Monitoring Plan

This guide to writing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan was created by the CBEMN and CURA H2O to assist stewardship organizations in preparing a water quality monitoring plan.

Prepared by the former ACAP group, Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc. created this document to provide an overview of lake monitoring in New Brunswick as well as to describe what volunteer lake monitoring consists of and who can get involved.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Citizen Science Monitoring Guidance. Click here to access the Virginia Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program Methods

Virginia Water Monitoring Council Reference Material webpage. Click here to access a variety of resources for non- governmental water quality information.

Government of Western Australia. A guideline to the development of surface water quality monitoring programs.

Queensland government: Online guide to developing a monitoring plan.

Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Tool
United States Environmental Protection Agency: Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Tool

Water Quality Guidelines
This quick reference guide has been compiled based on guidelines established by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. It is intended for stewardship groups for the purpose of referencing monitoring data and to recognize any areas of potential concern. This document is also available in the ‘Resources’ section of this website.