Annapolis River GuardiansEntry ID: gomc_50
Abstract: What have the River Guardians found from the data?
In general, the Annapolis River is quite healthy. The most obvious
environmental concern is the presence of fecal coliform bacteria which could
indicate the presence of harmful bacteria and viruses. The SPM are relatively
low meaning that the water is quite clear. pH (a measure of ... acidity), is
relatively good due to geological and ground water characteristics. Dissolved
oxygen in the river has been consistently high, however, there are times when
it has dropped to unacceptable levels. The Annapolis River Guardians are the
volunteers that make the program work. They are members of the communities
within the Annapolis River Watershed who are interested in the quality of their
environment. Their ranks include engineers, business people, homemakers,
craftsmen, teachers and students. Annapolis River and it's Tributaries.
What are the objectives of the Annapolis River Guardians Project?
There are four main objectives:
-To establish and support a regular observation system which will provide an
early warning of environmental problems;
-To provide a long term record of the river's health;
-To develop interest in the Annapolis River and community stewardship to ensure
a viable resource for future generations; and
-To provide a knowledgeable group of local individuals who can promote the
preservation, rehabilitation, and use of these estuarine resources in the
The parameters monitored by the Annapolis River Guardians have varied
throughout the years. The following parameters have been monitored continuously
since the start of the program: fecal coliform bacteria, dissolved oxygen, air
and water temperature, and weather conditions. Additional parameters that have
been sampled periodically include: nitrate, chlorophyll a, chloride, sulphate,
pH, conductivity, total dissolved solids, salinity, total suspended solids,
colour and transparency. Sampling takes place from April to December. During
January through March, sampling is discontinued due to freeze up.
Purpose: The data collected by the River Guardians establishes an overview of
the river's health and identifies key environmental problems within the
Annapolis River and its tributaries.
Sponsor: During the first two years funding was received from the Environmental
Partners Fund. The program now gains support from sponsors such as Farmers
... Cooperative Dairy Ltd., Nova Scotia Power, Investors Group, Collaboration of
Community Foundation for the Gulf of Maine, Atlantic Coastal Action Program
(ACAP), Acadia Center of Estuarine Research and the Nova Scotia Department of
Sample Site Locations: Since the beginning of the program in 1992, there have
been many changes to the Annapolis River Guardian Program. Over 50 sites
throughout the watershed have been monitored, seven of which have been
monitored annually since the start of the program.
Start Date: 1992-09-01
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > CHLOROPHYLL
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > PH
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > WATER TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PH
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > BACTERIA/ARCHAEA
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > VIRUSES
Access Constraints None noted.
Use Constraints None noted.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Online Internet (HTTP)
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (902) 532-7533
Fax: (902) 532-3038
Email: carp at annapolisriver.ca
21 Saint Anthony Street P.O. Box 395
City: Annapolis Royal
Province or State: NS
Postal Code: B0S 1A0
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Water Quality Monitoring Program
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DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23