Water Quality Monitoring

Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network
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The Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network (PGMN) is a partnership program between the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and all 36 conservation Authorities across the province. This network was started in 2001 following some serious drought conditions and now includes approximately 500 monitoring wells across the province. The wells are used to collect water quantity and quality data information from key aquifers. Data is collected from the site or automatically through  communications equipment installed at the wells. The data/information collected will help to understand and predict long-term trends in groundwater conditions. Collecting the information will also help us better understand and predict changes in climate, etc.

The number of PGMN wells Conservation Sudbury-Nickel District Conservation maintains is six across our watersheds. More detailed information on the location of our wells is included on the attached map. We will be adding more information to this page in order to better explain why this work in Greater Sudbury watersheds is so important.

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Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network

provincial-water-quality-monitoring-networkThe Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network (PWQMN) collects information about the quality of
stream/river water from over 400 locations across Ontario. A map of the current monitoring location across the province is attached.

Most of the 36 Conservation Authorities across Ontario participate in this program with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Monitoring surface water quality helps us understand the impacts of land-use activities on water quality, enabling decision-making agencies to better decide how to manage and protect our water resources. This type of water quality monitoring also helps measure the effectiveness of programs and policies that are designed to protect and restore the quality of our water resources. Water samples taken from each monitoring location are tested for a consistent set of water quality indicators including: chloride, phosphorus, nitrogen, suspended solids, and many other indicators.

In the Conservation Sudbury-Nickel District Conservation watersheds we have ten monitoring locations. The attached map shows the monitoring locations. We will be adding more information to this page to better explain why this work in Greater Sudbury watersheds is so important.

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