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July 23, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Environment Canada

Today Minister Aglukkaq and Nova Scotia Environment Minister Randy Delorey announced the renewal of a cooperative water monitoring agreement between Environment Canada and Nova Scotia Environment. The Memorandum of Agreement for Water Quantity Surveys ensures the on-going collection, processing, publication and distribution of water quantity data in Nova Scotia.

Over the past century, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have built an extensive network of water monitoring infrastructure to enhance the use of our water resources. This renewed agreement advances our understanding of the availability, variability and distribution of water resources in Nova Scotia. Historic water level data collection contributes to scientific studies, ecosystem protection, infrastructure design and policy development. Real-time data is essential for flood and drought forecasting, as well as for many industrial processes, agriculture management and electricity generation.

The Nova Scotia network of approximately 28 water quantity monitoring stations has been co‑managed by Environment Canada and Nova Scotia Environment since 1975. This renewed agreement provides for annual operating costs of $460,000, of which 47% is covered by Environment Canada, 39% by Nova Scotia Environment, and the remaining costs from commercial contributions.

Quick Facts

  • Similar partnerships exist between the Government of Canada and all of the provinces and territories. Collectively, these bilateral agreements establish the framework for the national network of more than 2,500 water quantity monitoring stations. These stations provide valuable information that helps to protect and conserve Canada’s water supplies.
  • This renewed program includes advancements in monitoring approaches that were introduced since the signing of the last agreement in 1975. It also offers the structure and flexibility to ensure that all partners are provided with a hydrometric monitoring service that supports public health and safety, economic development and the sustainability of our natural environment.


“Renewing this agreement demonstrates our commitment to the sustainable use of our country’s lakes, rivers and streams. Accurate and timely water quantity data is critical to understanding Nova Scotia’s water availability and distribution, thereby ensuring public health and safety.”

-- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council.

“This agreement and partnership will ensure that important water monitoring continues in our province. Good scientific data on water quantity is critical to understanding many current issues including climate change, flood management and drought.”

-- The Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Nova Scotia Environment

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For more information, please visit Environment Canada’s National Hydrometric Program website.


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