If you are interested in starting your own Water Monitoring Program we have some “how-to” guides on where to start! See various resources below.

Have more questions? Call our office!

Videos

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 the Sackville Rivers Association, the Clean Foundation & the Eastern Shore Forest Watch, check out their videos.

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

Documents, Manuals, Reports and References

Websites & 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

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.

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

Volunteer Lake Monitoring in New Brunswick 
Prepared by the former ACAP group, the 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 
Click here to access a variety of resources for non- governmental water quality information.

Government of Western Australia
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
Click here to check out the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s 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.