Working together is SMARTER
Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network (OBBN)聽and Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)聽techniques have been combined with water chemistry sampling into a 5 year study with other eastern Ontario conservation authorities, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and university partners to assess pristine water ways versus impacted sites and how this varies across different land forms. This program is called Stream Monitoring Assessment and Research Team Eastern Region (SMARTER).
SMARTER is a group of organizations working together to provide comprehensive monitoring programs in eastern Ontario. To ensure science is incorporated into policy efficiently, break down barriers and jurisdictional gridlock and diffuse costs among partners.
SMARTER is made up of Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley Cataraqui Conservation, South Nation, Raisin Region Crow Valley and Quinte Conservation Authorities; City of Ottawa; Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Kemptville and the southern science info section; and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.