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National Water Quality Monitoring System

WHEREAS Canada is home to approximately 20% of the freshwater in the world;

WHEREAS less than half of that estimate, approximately 7% of the global supply, is considered by Environment Canada to be renewable;

WHEREAS Canada is home to only 0.05% of the world’s population, a figure dwarfed by its share of freshwater;

WHEREAS there were high levels of disturbance to water in about one-third of the sub-watersheds, based on the first national assessment of Canada’s freshwater ecosystems in decades (reported by the Globe and Mail in June 2017);

WHEREAS the study found that the data were too deficient in 110 out of 167 watersheds to form a baseline picture of ecosystem health;

WHEREAS the data needed to track changes are absent, there being no national freshwater monitoring system, despite multiple threats to our freshwater and despite those data being essential to policymakers;

WHEREAS Dr. David Schindler, one of Canada’s most respected freshwater scientists, has stated that water is probably the biggest looming problem in Canada and has recommended the establishment of a freshwater monitoring system modeled on that run by the U.S. Geological Survey;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the government to put in place a freshwater monitoring system modeled on that run by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Central Okanagan – Similkameen

Contact: Michael Sinclair

mossyman85@hotmail.com

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