An online tool to help understand the health of Lake Winnipeg has been launched.
Lake Winnipeg DataStream (www.lakewinnipegdatastream.ca) will be an open hub for data collected by a host of agencies.
"A lot of organizations put out their own databases but it's very difficult to find that data," said Carolyn Dubois, water program director at the Gordon Foundation.
"What DataStream does is pull all that data together (for public viewing). It's making water data as accessible as possible."
One of those agencies is the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. It is in charge of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network, which mobilizes people to collect water samples across Manitoba. The network is helping to identify phosphorus hotspots that contribute high amounts of algae-causing phosphorus to waterways. That data will now be available publicly on the DataStream web site.
Other sources for data include the province, the federal department of fisheries and oceans, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
DataStream is headed by the Gordon Foundation and delivered in collaboration with regional monitoring networks.
Updated on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 3:55 PM CDT: Photo added.