In British Columbia, a growing number of initiatives are engaged in collaborative water monitoring at the local or regional scale. These initiatives work with stakeholders and/or rightsholders to collect data that can be used to help manage water supplies, to make resource management decisions, or ensure that laws, policies, and regulations are upheld. But, before data can be used to inform environmental programs or decision-making, the data itself must be effectively governed.
In this webinar we will venture “beneath the surface” of data governance and decision-making, and consider the practical challenges—and the who, how, and why—of collecting and managing water monitoring data.
Speakers from three different models of collaborative water monitoring initiatives—the Morice Water Monitoring Trust, the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program, and the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative Society—will offer insight on how each initiative collects, analyzes, and shares data; who makes decisions about how this data is managed; and how this data is ultimately applied in environmental decision-making.
The speakers will also highlight some of the opportunities and challenges faced by their initiatives around collaboration and sharing data across organizations and jurisdictions.