Science is Benefiting You - Freshwater

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Narrator:
The Government of Canada has made a strong commitment to Science & Technology. Freshwater is a priority area and applied and relevant freshwater science ultimately helps ensure clean, safe and secure water for people and ecosystems. A key federal role is to provide scientific knowledge as the basis for which decisions and sound policies and regulations can be made.

Dr. John Carey:
Director General, Water Science and Technology Directorate, Environment Canada
Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Branch leads this exciting research which often starts here at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) in Burlington on the shores of Lake Ontario. Sound water management benefits all Canadians.

Narrator:
The Canada Centre for Inland Waters provides the department with facilities for environmental research and development, as well as monitoring and resource management.

A broad range of scientists from Environment Canada’s Water Science and Technology Branch play a critical role in providing the knowledge necessary for the management of the GREAT LAKES and other aquatic ecosystems.

Dr.  Mark McMaster is part of the Ecosystem Health Assessment Project.  The project evaluates fish health all across Canada.

Dr. Mark McMaster:
Research Scientist, Environment Canada
We’ve developed monitoring programs that evaluate the growth, reproduction and survival of fish.

The fish tell us about the health of the aquatic ecosystem and that’s important because water is part of our survival.

Narrator:
Collaborative arrangements exist between Environment Canada researchers, technical staff, and other government departments, universities and research organizations, as well as international stakeholders to address a variety of water-related issues.

Engineer Ralph Moulton, is with the Boundary Water Issues Unit.  They are responsible for the management of water levels in the Great Lakes.

Ralph Moulton:
Senior Engineer, Environment Canada
Management of the Great Lakes water level is important for the economy and for the environment, as well as for personal well-being. By that I mean that the economy is important for the hydro-electric generation that we get from the Great Lakes and the connecting rivers.

The environment aspect of the wetlands on the Great Lakes are a major source for fish breeding and for birds, and for songbirds as well.

And for personal well-being we have many people who live along the shoreline or go to cottages on the shoreline, go to the beaches, etcetera. So it’s important for all those aspects.

Narrator:
As Canada's largest freshwater research institute, EC has more than 300 staff working at CCIW including aquatic ecologists, hydrologists, toxicologists, physical geographers, modellers, limnologists, environmental chemists, and technicians. 

The centre has made major contributions to the restoration of the Great Lakes, reductions in acid rain, regulation of toxic substances, creation of international atmospheric conventions, and has helped shape environmental management of Canadian freshwater resources, from the smallest stream to the largest watershed in Canada.

Dr. Tom Edge is with the National Water Research Institute and his area of expertise is water-borne pathogens.

Dr. Tom Edge:
Research Scientist, Environment Canada
Waterborne pathogens are a disease-causing microorganisms like the bacteria and viruses that can occur in water. Our role is to detect these pathogens in water, and track where they are coming from.

We do this with a variety of forensic-type techniques that detect the DNA of the microorganisms in water, and we do this to ensure that Canadians have safe drinking water and clean water to swim in.

Dr. John Carey:
The government is working for you and our science is benefiting you.