Surface Water Quality Monitoring
Water quality monitoring is a very important tool that we use to keep track of potential problem areas within the Esgenoôpetitj watershed. The EWA began water quality monitoring within the Esgenoôpetitj Watershed in the summer of 2017 to get a baseline data set to track changes into the future and determine the overall health of the watershed. We have a number of sites where we have established historical data and when needed we add new sites to our aquatic monitoring program.
Water samples are collected and sent to RPC lab in Fredericton, NB which is a certified lab and they analyze for E.coli, nutrients and metals. This data is used to determine if any parameters are within safe or unsafe levels.
Our water quality samples are analyzed for multiple parameters and is put into a database which follows data from CCME guidelines to determine the health of the watershed for aquatic life!
Methods are discussed more in detail within the annual report submitted to the NB Department of Environment and local Governments.