Did you know there are thousands of waterbodies across Canada that need your help? By helping scientists collect baseline data, we can notice when things go wrong and work together to solve water’s biggest problems.
Building the tools to care for your local waterways.
We imagine a world where every waterbody’s community has the tools they need to take care of them. Plus, every lake, river, or stream should have enough data to know whether or not they are healthy. Our ability to design beautifully integrated water testing experiences means that our tools are easy-to-use and accessible. That means custom water quality testkits, an open-data platform to manage data, and specially designed resources so that anyone can get started.
We were founded at the Aquahacking challenge in 2015. Here’s a quick 2-minute video that explains a bit about ‘why we are’ and what our platform can do.
Our amazing team
Community & Operations Manager
Sustainable Development Coordinator
Science Communication Coordinator
Roxanne van Velzen
Water Quality Coordinator (BC)
Water Quality Coordinator (Ontario)
Sustainability Supply Chain Coordinator
Web Development Intern
Our first prototype won the Aquahacking Competition. We officially became a non-profit organization and launched our platform for open data and citizen science.
We launched our first apps to collect data offline. We were also fortunate enough to get a permanent exhibition place at the Canadian Museum of Science & Technology.
This year, we published reports on how testing water changes behaviours and released initial results to help validate citizen monitoring data quality with Carleton University. We collected data for our first joint study with conservation authorities.
We were awarded the Friends of the Tay Watershed Annual Environmental Award for Contribution to Water Resources at provincial, national and international levels (2017).
In 2019, we worked with many partners to make our testkit even better. New advancements included our newly designed bag, a new project to equip watersheds across Canada, plus working on machine learning projects to improve accuracy.
In 2020, we were named a bold and transformative solution to help achieve the goal of ensuring all of Canada’s freshwater is healthy. We took part in the Climate Ventures accelerator at the Centre for Social Innovation. Because COVID-19 meant that we couldn't visit our partners, we focused on improving our machine-learning algorithm, completing research studies, and developing our upcoming plans for expansion!
Last year, we grew so much, and we're excited to see the scale. We have big campaigns to monitor in Saskatchewan as part of a 5-year research study, plus expanding our reach around Lake Erie. Beyond that, we linked our database with DataStream, and planned for refining our website. We also launched some new and improved testkits!
This year, we're so excited about supporting more groups, building new partnerships, refining our tools, and advocating for community-based water monitoring. Follow us on social media for the latest news :)