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Institute for Watershed Science

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Upcoming Events

Class 2 course cancelled due to low enrollment.

Past Events

2018 Class 1 Electrofishing Training Course

The Class 1 Electrofishing Certification Course will run May 15-16, 2018.  The course is currently limited to 40 participants and is expected to fill extremely fast.  Registration for the course will open February 26th.  Payment must be made at the time of registration.  We accept payment using a credit card through our Paypal site.  If paying through a company purchase order, we ask that you initiate the purchase order prior to registration to give us a number to match to the invoice.

Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council - IWS receive 2017 Loblaw Water Fund to support Water Quality Training and Monitoring for the Indigenous Observation Network

The IWS partnered with the Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council Science Department to expand the water quality monitoring under the Indigenous Observation Network (ION) and to provide training on the use of passive samplers to monitor for hydrocarbon and metal contaminants. This project expands water quality data collection in the Upper Yukon River region toward the World Wildlife Fund watershed reporting, increases monitoring sites in the Yukon River and builds capacity for Indigenous community based monitoring using best available methods.

IWS receives Ontario Best in Science Award 2016-2018

The IWS received Best in Science funding through the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to study the effects of neonicotioid pesticides on common milkweed plants adjacent to intensive agricultural fields in Southwestern Ontario.  This 2 year study will determine if neonicotinoid pesticides migrate off fields into adjacent habitat and will help determine what impacts neonicotinoid insecticides may have on monarch butterflies. It will help improve understanding of the effect this type of insecticide may have on wild pollinators.

State of The Kawartha Lakes Workshop at Elmhirst Resort: October 27-28, 2008

The Institute for Watershed Science organized and hosted a workshop on October 27 & 28, 2008 on the topic of the state of the Kawartha Lakes. This workshop was sponsored by the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster and the Peterborough Community Futures Development Corportion. The workshop brought together many experts and stakeholders over a two day period. Nine expert presentations spanning five topical sessions were delivered including an open discussion period following each presentation.

Learn more about the workshop's presentations and report.

International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Conference: May 19-23, 2008

Our Lakes, Our Community was the theme of the 2008 conference, reflecting community stewardship of the Great Lakes. This theme recognized the role that communities and community organizations can play in protecting the quality and quantity of water, and the recreational and commercial value of the Great Lakes. A special emphasis was placed on the role of First Nations communities in Great Lakes stewardship. Plenary speakers shared their experiences in working with communities to protect the Great Lakes. Over 300 platform presentations and 50 posters were presented duringh the scientific sessions.

The Conference took place at Trent University which is located in the city of Peterborough, the gateway to the Kawartha Lakes recreational area of central Ontario. The campus of Trent University is located along the east and west banks of the Otonabee River. Most of the IAGLR 2008 scientific sessions were held in the newly constructed conference facilities in Gzowski College and the Enwying Building.

Conference Program Book

Source Water Protection Symposium 2007: The How, Why and Who of Source Protection

In 2006, The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (OMOE) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) negotiated a change to the mandate of the Watershed Science Centre, whereby the Centre focused a large proportion of its activities to Source Water Protection. This mandate has been inherited by the Institute for Watershed Science.

The OMNR’s Source Water Protection program is in the third year of a partnership program to support the Clean Water Act. The OMNR is a supporting ministry to the OMOE, who leads the Source Water Protection agenda. One priority area is applied science, which will play a critical role in defining the techniques, needs and strategies under the Clean Water Act. Applied science is needed to meet knowledge gaps, direct and inform long-term planning, policy and implementation of Source Water Protection. The Institute for Watershed Science will address the science-based needs of the Source Water Protection program by identifying research priorities, and administering and/or conducting research projects aimed at addressing those needs.

Proceedings of the Source Water Protection Symposium 2007

Reports from Expert Workshops

Final Report

Other Archived Event Documents

The following documents are final reports and summaries from various events that the Watershed Science Centre organized and/or was involved in.

Title Year
Workshop: Simply Water: Who Owns It? Can You Trust It? Is There Enough? 2002
Design Standards for Improving Fish Habitat Management Workshop 2002
Riparian Zones Workshop 2001
Riparian Zones Workshop 2000
Ontario Workshop on Riverine Science Requirements 1999
Riparian Zones Workshop 1998