Community Based Water Monitoring in Saskatchewan with the University of Regina

Questions about the program?

If you have any questions about the program, or if you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, please contact us or Dr. Kerri Finlay

In partnership with Water Rangers, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science is launching a community based water monitoring program in Saskatchewan. The university is recruiting individuals, families, households, and community groups to monitor lakes, rivers, and other natural waterbodies in Saskatchewan this summer. 

This program is generously supported by the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science and the Natural Science and Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with funds from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Global Water Futures as well.

Community Based Water Monitoring in Saskatchewan: The program at a glance

This program will require participants to test the water at a nearby lake, river, or stream in Saskatchewan on the last weekend of every month from May to September of 2021. Participants are encouraged to sample 2-3 locations.

By participating, volunteers will not only help contribute to the protection of Saskatchewans’ waterbodies, but will have a fun, safe way to access the outdoors this summer, since water testing naturally allows for physical distancing.

How the monitoring program works

Once registered, volunteers will be asked to sign a participation agreement, confirming their commitment to the program. Participants will then be sent a Water Rangers testkit, free of charge. They will also receive training from Water Rangers and the University of Regina on how to collect samples and share their data. Details on training sessions and information to come. 

After they are trained, volunteers will be in charge of sampling a Saskatchewan lake or river at least once per month, from May through September, 2021. Sampling later into the fall is possible if the weather allows. Participants are encouraged to sample 2-3 locations if possible.

Participants will also be required to upload their data to our online platform, which they can do using a smartphone or a computer. Altogether, these activities are expected to require volunteers to dedicate 2-3 hours of their time per month.

The data communities collect will ultimately feed into DataStream, meaning it will eventually make its way to decision-makers.

Who is eligible to participate?

Anyone can apply and no experience is required. Participants aren’t required to have experience with water testing or a background in science. 

This program is free to take part in, and volunteers will not be compensated for their time.

This is a 4-year program, so there is an opportunity for volunteers to return year after year. 

Why monitor water quality in Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan lakes, rivers, and natural waterbodies face a range of water quality issues, including algal blooms, browning, temperature changes, high turbidity, and invasive species.

All of these factors can degrade lake water quality, which can result in both environmental and economical consequences.

How to sign up

To sign up, please fill out the following registration form by Friday, April 30th, 2021.