DataStream is a powerful online platform that helps Canadians share information about the health of their local watersheds. It’s open-access and built with communities, policy-makers and researchers in mind. Users can access, store and share full water quality datasets collected across thousands of monitoring sites in hub regions across Canada.

Governments, academics and community organizations are gathering important information about local watersheds – but too often data is being managed in ways that making collaboration difficult and expensive.

DataStream brings information about local rivers, lakes and wetlands together in one place so that anyone, anywhere can get a clearer picture of freshwater health. This open access to data provides a solid foundation for informed decisions and policy.

DataStream is free, there’s no software to install and no passwords are needed to access data. DataStream is the only known freshwater data platform to use cutting edge blockchain technology. Click here to learn more.

DataStream is led at the national level by The Gordon Foundation and carried out in collaboration with regional monitoring networks. There are currently three DataStream platforms: Mackenzie DataStream, Atlantic DataStream and Lake Winnipeg DataStream (coming March 20, 2019). This initiative began through a unique collaboration between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories, DataStream’s founding partner. It has since grown to include other regional partners—the Atlantic Water Network and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

The Gordon Foundation is exploring opportunities to expand DataStream in 2020 and beyond.

Mackenzie Datastream

Mackenzie DataStream promotes knowledge sharing and collaborative decision making throughout the Mackenzie Basin – including hundreds of monitoring sites in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. This interactive website launched in 2016 with official events in Fort Smith and on Parliament Hill. It was built in partnership with communities and the Government of the Northwest Territories, DataStream’s founding partner.

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Atlantic Datastream

Explore data collected by more than 23 monitoring groups in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Atlantic DataStream launched in 2018 and helps you access, visualize and download full water quality datasets across the Atlantic provinces. It was built in partnership with the Atlantic Water Network.

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Lake Winnipeg Datastream

Launching March 20, 2019 in collaboration with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin is one of North America’s largest – stretching from central Alberta to northwestern Ontario. Lake Winnipeg DataStream will provide an open-access home for freshwater data collected across this expansive basin.

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Mackenzie Datastream

Mackenzie DataStream promotes knowledge sharing and collaborative decision making throughout the Mackenzie Basin – including hundreds of monitoring sites in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. This interactive website launched in 2016 with official events in Fort Smith and on Parliament Hill. It was built in partnership with communities and the Government of the Northwest Territories, DataStream’s founding partner.

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Atlantic Datastream

Explore data collected by more than 23 monitoring groups in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Atlantic DataStream launched in 2018 and helps you access, visualize and download full water quality datasets across the Atlantic provinces. It was built in partnership with the Atlantic Water Network.

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Lake Winnipeg Datastream

Launching March 20, 2019 in collaboration with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin is one of North America’s largest – stretching from central Alberta to northwestern Ontario. Lake Winnipeg DataStream will provide an open-access home for freshwater data collected across this expansive basin.

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Impact on Policy

Communities are closely connected to local waters and best placed to see changes as they happen. As a result, they play important roles in freshwater stewardship. DataStream helps them store, share and compare water monitoring data across their full watershed – both upstream and downstream from them.

DataStream brings data together at the watershed-level so communities can see what’s happening upstream and downstream of them. It is open access, meaning data are made available to everyone.
Open data advances scientific knowledge and fuels innovation.
Decision-makers at the community to regional and national level can translate knowledge into action to protect watersheds and the people who depend on them.
Communities are intimately connected by their waterways and well-placed to see any changes taking place.
DataStream brings data together at the watershed-level so communities can see what’s happening upstream and downstream of them. It is open access, meaning data are made available to everyone.
Open data advances scientific knowledge and fuels innovation.
Decision-makers at the community to regional and national level can translate knowledge into action to protect watersheds and the people who depend on them.
Communities are intimately connected by their waterways and well-placed to see any changes taking place.

Impact on Policy

Communities are closely connected to local waters and best placed to see changes as they happen. As a result, they play important roles in freshwater stewardship. DataStream helps them store, share and compare water monitoring data across their full watershed – both upstream and downstream from them.

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What People Are Saying

Mackenzie DataStream will allow this data to be used in our community as well as by our neighbours downstream in Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories”

Chief Liz Logan

Fort Nelson First Nation

We believe that Mackenzie DataStream will grow and inform the co-operative management of the Mackenzie Basin as a whole.”

Dr. Erin Kelly

Acting Deputy Minister, Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories

Atlantic DataStream is the connecting thread for water quality management in Atlantic Canada. We’ve been working towards something like this for some time without realizing it. Now, with Atlantic DataStream we’re seeing data sharing and accessibility at a scale that has never existed beforehand in our region"

Emma Wattie

Atlantic Water Network

Mackenzie DataStream will allow this data to be used in our community as well as by our neighbours downstream in Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories”

Chief Liz Logan

Fort Nelson First Nation

We believe that Mackenzie DataStream will grow and inform the co-operative management of the Mackenzie Basin as a whole.”

Dr. Erin Kelly

Acting Deputy Minister, Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories

Atlantic DataStream is the connecting thread for water quality management in Atlantic Canada. We’ve been working towards something like this for some time without realizing it. Now, with Atlantic DataStream we’re seeing data sharing and accessibility at a scale that has never existed beforehand in our region"

Emma Wattie

Atlantic Water Network

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Getting Started

DataStream is open-platform – meaning it’s free for anyone to use. If you are involved in water monitoring in any of our existing basins and are interested in expanding the audience for your data and the impact of your program, we want to work with you.

Please contact us and we can set you up with a data contributor account. You can reach Lindsay Day, DataStream Coordinator at lindsay@gordonfn.org or (416) 601-4776×300

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