Citizen Science

Electrofishing Indian River (Craig, Sarah & Andy)

Help MVCA  Record Data About Your Lakes and Rivers

MVCA’s monitoring programs strive to keep drinking water safe, ecosystems healthy, decrease the chance of damaging flood, and increase your enjoyment of the watershed. We encourage citizen scientists to help us gather as much data as possible to better understand the system, how it works, and how it is changing. Share your passion for the environment by working side-by-side with like-minded people to improve the health of the Mississippi Valley Watershed through:

1.  Lake and River Monitoring. All systems are connected; research is shared with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestroy (MNRF), the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and other conservation authorities to create a more accurate picture of Canada’s water resources. See your current lake report.

Be an algae watcher! Sign up for Citizen Water Watch and let us know when and where you see excessive algae and aquatic plants.

2.  Invasive Species Monitoring. In partnership with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, you’ll be reporting occurrences of ecologically harmful species, like zebra mussels. With your help, MVCA can work to limit the spread of these invasive populations, so that water systems can remain undisturbed.

3.  Urban Water Level Monitoring  and Species At Risk. Call Alyson at MVCA today at (613) 253.0006 to assist environmental technicians and field specialists with monitoring at-risk species and water levels in areas of the City of Ottawa, such as Stittsville’s Poole Creek.

See what our City Stream Watch crew has been up to. Let us know if you want to volunteer.

MVCA is also committed to helping you find answers to water-based problems. Call and explain what you’ve noticed about water systems in your area, and find out what can be done to help 613.253.0006.