Former Saint Mary’s University student, Cory Blanchard, created a series of videos featuring some of the CBEMN’s community partners and the role the Network plays in each organization’s monitoring efforts.  To learn more about our partners’ organizing efforts, watch videos about the Sackville Rivers Association, the Clean Foundation & the Easternshore Forest.

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Documents, Manuals, Reports and References

Websites and Resources of Interest

Guide to Writing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan

This document was created by the CBEMN and CURA H2O to assist stewardship organizations in preparing a water quality monitoring plan.

Citizen Science Central

The Citizen Science Central website based at Cornell University in the USA has developed some useful links and tools, including a discussion forum and a growing list of references.

Invasive Species (yellow floating heart & hydrilla)

We currently have invasive species fact sheets on the aquatic invasive plant species yellow floating heart and hydrilla. Early identification and removal are key in preventing this type of ecosystem transformation. These fact sheets provide guidance on identification, prevention, and what to do if these species are found in a local aquatic environment.

An Online Resource for Tree Identification

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources has launched a new website which presents a virtual tour of 30 commercial Nova Scotia tree species. A catalogue is available on this website in the hopes for “better forestry management and a keener appreciation of the natural world” (Louis Legge, The Chronicle Herald, March 2, 2008).

Environment Canada

Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring Protocols have been developed for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Formally under “The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN)”.


NatureWatch is a series of ecological monitoring programs that encourage you to become a citizen scientist. NatureWatch lets you learn about the environment while gathering the information scientists need to monitor and protect it. Data collected through NatureWatch is being used to add to our knowledge of the effects of climate change and other impacts on biodiversity.

Fish Rescue Guidelines

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has posted fish rescue guidelines within their document Guidelines for the Design of Fish Passage
for Culverts in Nova Scotia.

Marine Community Monitoring Manual

This manual has been adapted from the Western Australia Marine Community Monitoring Program. It is intended to help interested and/or concerned citizens monitor and manage their marine environments. Authors: Chelsea Adams and Oliver Woods.

Student Theses and Written Work

Public Perception of Water Quality in Halifax Harbour
Author: Sarah Weston (Department of Geography: Saint Mary’s University)

An Overview of Environmental Monitoring and its Significance in Resource and Environmental Management
Author: Sarah Weston (Master of Resource and Environmental Management Canadidate, Dalhousie)

Developing a Monitoring Plan
  • Prepared by the former ACAP group, Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc. created this document to provide an overview of lake monitoring in New Brunswick as well as to describe what volunteer lake monitoring consists of and who can get involved.
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Citizen Science Monitoring Guidance. Click here to access the Virginia Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program Methods Manual.
  • Virginia Water Monitoring Council Reference Material webpage. Click here to access a variety of resources for non- governmental water quality information.
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Volunteer Monitor Resources
  • Government of Western Australia. A guideline to the development of surface water quality monitoring programs.
  • Queensland government: Online guide to developing a monitoring plan.