Community science is vital to ensuring Canada has a safe water supply
In an opinion piece for the Toronto Star, ahead of the UN International Day for Biological Diversity, Geoffrey Gunn argues that achieving healthy freshwater systems across Canada starts at the local level.
If Canada is to ensure all Canadians have access to safe drinking water, we must do more than invest in drinking water facilities. We need to understand the deeper threats to the sources of drinking water — threats that may be altered or exacerbated by a changing climate.
After decades of declining funding to public organizations responsible for environmental protection, monitoring and reporting, we are left with little data, which is much needed to understand trends and guide public policy and private investment to protect those environments effectively.