Suspending water quality monitoring during pandemic a ‘serious oversight,’ says expert – CBC

Federal government suspended water quality monitoring since the start of COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 29, 2020

Federal water quality monitoring has been suspended since the start of the pandemic, and water experts say Canada needs its data collection to be resilient even in crisis.

“The fact that the federal government has, on the quality side, not done any monitoring during the pandemic, is a serious oversight with huge impact,” said former N.W.T. environment minister Michael Miltenberger.

Water monitoring that affects the Northwest Territories is conducted by both Alberta and the federal government, but several programs that measure water quality and give early warning of potential impacts downstream to the territory have been offline for months as a result of COVID-19.

Earlier this year, Alberta unilaterally suspended water monitoring in the oilsands without notifying its counterparts in the Northwest Territories, despite an agreement that requires it to do so.

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