Elizabeth Lewis: Hydrometric Supervisor

Woman in red sweater working on hydrometric equipment in front of mountains and lake.
Photo: Elizabeth Lewis

“What motivates me most is knowing that my colleagues, the public and our provincial partners rely on the quality data we collect and produce.”

Over the course of her 10-year career at ECCC, Elizabeth Lewis has observed significant advancements in the technology used to collect information about Canada’s waters. As a Hydrometric Supervisor for the National Hydrological Service of Canada, these advancements have allowed Elizabeth to access the data she needs, faster than ever before.

In the past, technologists would often measure the flow of water through more time-consuming practices involving multiple tools and moving parts. Now this data can be more quickly, easily and accurately collected using acoustic devices. Another notable advancement, according to Elizabeth, has been the transition to an electronic note system, where information is recorded directly within the technology as it is collected and then automatically uploaded to a database. This contrasts with the previous method of hand writing notes and entering them into the database manually.

The constant improvement of data collection and analysis allows Elizabeth and her colleagues to provide the public and provincial partners with the most accurate and timely information available on our rivers and lakes, so that they can make the best possible science-based decisions.

Elizabeth’s work has brought her across the country to places like Ruggles River. Located at the outlet of Lake Hazen in Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island, it is the northernmost gauged river in Canada. This means that it has a gauging station used to monitor water. During that memorable trip, Elizabeth spent much of her time off exploring the scenic high arctic landscapes.

To learn more about Elizabeth’s work, please visit: Water Survey of Canada - Canada.ca.

Here are a few random facts about Elizabeth:

  • What was your first job? Server at a restaurant.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play? Rugby.
  • Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car? Ride a bike.
  • If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A good charcuterie board.
  • What are your hobbies? Reading and outdoor activities.
  • What is your favourite flavour of ice cream? All ice cream is good ice cream.
  • What's your favourite holiday? Christmas.
  • Do you love or hate rollercoasters? Love them.
  • What's your favourite movie? Groundhog Day.
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