Fresh water quality monitoring and surveillance

The Fresh Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance Division focuses on regular monitoring, surveillance and reporting on fresh water quality, and aquatic ecosystem status and trends. These activities help to:

By conducting regular, systematic measurements of the physical, chemical and biological conditions of Canadian water bodies, the Fresh Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Division is able to:

  • Measure the natural changes and conditions of water quality
  • Determine changes over time, at various locations, of water contaminants and/or threats
  • Support development of science-based guidelines for water, fish, and sediment
  • Identify emerging issues and threats
  • Track the results of remedial measures and regulatory decisions

In focus

The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) assesses and reports on the status of freshwaters in Canada using biological indicators of ecosystem health.

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