Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Surface Water

Monitoring and Reporting

Nova Scotia Environment's water monitoring programs are used to track long-term trends in surface water quality and quantity and to assess the effectiveness of water resource management programs. Monitoring programs are an essential tool for checking on the status of the province's surface water, assessing the impact of human activities on this resource, and evaluating long-term surface water trends associated with issues such as acid rain, eutrophication, and climate change.

The department's key surface water monitoring programs are: the Canada/Nova Scotia Hydrometric Network (archived data for stream flows), (Map of Hydrometric Stations in Nova ScotiaPDF Download Link (PDF:1mb)) the Nova Scotia Lake Survey Program which inventories lake water chemistry and lake morphometrics (such as depth, volume, and stratification), and the Automated Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program which tracks water quality on an hourly basis at 5 locations in the province.

Other surface water monitoring programs which the department participates in include:

The department supports various volunteer and municipal water quality monitoring groups including: