Community-based Water Monitoring & the Canada Water Agency

Calling all community-based water monitoring supporters:

A coalition of Community-Based Water Monitoring (CBWM) leaders from across the country has been working to raise the profile of CBWM in Canada and advocate for its credibility on the federal stage. CBWM programs provide vital, complementary data that can fill gaps in the federal government’s data collection. That is if the government commits to long-term collaboration.

Right now, we have an opportunity to be heard. With the development of the proposed Canada Water Agency and discussions about a national freshwater data strategy, the Feds are showing a stronger commitment to freshwater than in the past 30 years.  

We submitted our coalition’s top-four priorities for federal commitment to CBWM as a response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s public consultation period in Feb-March 2021. These priorities were distilled from the 2018 National Roundtable on CBWM’s Final Recommendations

Our partners have come out in strong support of this letter. Twenty freshwater organizations and sixteen academic partners signed on to demonstrate the need and credibility of this work! 

If you would like to become a signatory, please email your name, title, organization, and logo to [email protected] with “CBWM Letter - new signatory” in the subject line.


Read our letter here!


Taylor Wilkes
About Taylor Wilkes
Former Network Facilitation Lead, Our Living Waters: water person through and through, happiest in the stern of a canoe
Community-based Water Monitoring & the Canada Water Agency
Community-based Water Monitoring & the Canada Water Agency
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