News & Events
IWS presents results of study of neonicotinoid insecticides in common milkweed plants in areas of intensive agriculture.
IWS presented results of their Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (now the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks) funded Best in Science project at the 40th meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Toronto, November 3-7th, 2019. Please see our Research page to view the poster presentation.
Class 2 Electrofishing Course for Trent Students now available! Course will run October 19-20! Sign up at the IWS Store link to the right!
The Class 2 Electrofishing course has fulfilled the minimum number or registrants and will take place October 19-20, and registration is still open until October 15. The course is being held in Room C205 Trent School of The Environment. Field work will be taking place on the Indian River off of David Fife Line. Students are expected to provide their own NON LEAKING chest waders equipped with a wader belt. TSE has a selection of waders available for borrowing. Although we recommend purchasing a pair of waders for your personal use if you do not already own them, you can contact either Dorothy Howard or Craig Murray of the TSE to see about borrowing a pair. You are responsible for testing the waders for leaks PRIOR to the course and for their safe return to the School.
LOCATION: Room C205, Trent School of the Environment, Environmental Sciences Building, East Bank
9:00 am: Lecture starts, Room C205
Break: 10:30 am
12:00 -1:00 pm: Lunch and Travel to the field site
(please be prepared to bring or purchase your lunch)
*1:00 pm-4:00 pm (tentative end time) Field instruction and assessment
9:00 am -12:00 (tentative end time) completion of field work
12:00 -1:00 lunch and travel back to Trent (please bring, purchase your own lunch)
**1:30 pm – TEST, Room C205
Depart when complete.
* Field work takes place in small groups of 3. Each field group must fish and be assessed with every person using the backpack to lead the crew. This takes time and thus there is down time for you in the field. You may take this time to review your manual and notes or observe everyone fishing. You may also take part in fish processing for identification and release. We must log the fish caught for our permit, and send the information to the MNRF.
** If the group is finished field work on the first day, and all agree the test may be moved to an earlier time to allow for people to leave campus early.
The exam is approximately 1.5-2 hours long. There is a requirement for a mark of 70% to be considered a PASS.
- Hat with a brim/visor
- Polarized sunglasses
- chest-waders - 1 good pair for field (no leaks!!) that include a wader belt (these can be purchased at Canadian Tire or other outdoor retailers)
Recommended Additional Items:
- Rain Gear
C. Lunch, water bottle, snacks
The building will be locked as it is reading break. Doors will be open at 8:30 am at the Faryon Bridge entrance and the entrance in the causeway between the Science Comples and the ERS building. Park in the East Bank parking lot and enter up the stairs by the Praxair tanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.