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LEARN HOW TO MONITOR YOUR LOCAL WATERWAYS: JOIN US FOR A CABIN TRAINING

Community-based water monitoring (CBWM)
is gaining momentum across Canada.

A type of scientific and Traditional ecological data collection led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and/or non-governmental organizations, CBWM powerfully engages Canadians in managing and protecting fresh water while democratizing data and incentivizing citizens to steward their local waters. CBWM programs are increasingly making use of biomonitoring to assess aquatic health.

Living Lakes Canada is one of the first NGOs to be certified to deliver field training for the nationally standardized biomonitoring protocol CABIN, developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), which involves the collection of benthic macroinvertebrate samples alongside habitat and water quality data.

Benthic macroinvertebrates, the community of organisms that live in the substrates along the bottom of a river or stream, are excellent indicators of aquatic health due to their high sensitivity to pollutants and climate change-related impacts.

Living Lakes Canada leads CABIN field certification courses. This 2-day field practicum provides the tools necessary for participants to conduct scientifically credible assessments of streams at a national standard.

We use a modified CABIN Standard Operating Procedure developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada for DNA metabarcoding analysis as part of the STREAM project.

More information, our training dates, and how to register, contact Program Manager Raegan Mallinson at: raegan@livinglakescanada.ca

Or visit our Events section for upcoming training dates.

We have been training community groups to monitor water using this protocol for over a decade.