Monitoring Resources

Community-based monitoring fosters a wide range of innovations, including increased awareness of water stewardship issues,  traditional knowledge and enables community involvement in research and monitoring program design. If you or your organization has decided to participate in community-based monitoring programs, there are a number of resources available to you.


Water Sample 

To access instruction how to take a water sample for lab analysis, click here

Monitoring Equipment

The Government of the Northwest Territories provides equipment for community-based monitoring projects. The University of Alberta collaborated with GNWT-ENR to develop plain language instructions in both video and written format for the equipment. 

Environment and Natural Resources has kits that contain a digital waterproof camera and GPS unit so that organizations or communities can document changes to land or water.  

Digital Camera Manual

GPS Manual

Environment and Natural Resources lends out water quality equipment to measure a number of different water quality parameters. Plain language manuals and videos for the equipment can be found below. These manuals contain step-by-step instructions on how to set up and use the equipment.

  • YSI 6600 Sonde is a piece of water quality equipment that can be left at a sampling site for a long period of time to collect data on multiple parameters.

YSI 6600 Sonde manual

YSI 6600 Sonde instructional video 

  • YSI Professional Plus is a handheld meter that can measure a variety of water quality parameters.

YSI Professional Plus Manual

YSI Professional Plus Instructional Video 

River/Stream Water Quality Sampling Form for YSI Professional Plus handheld meter

Lake Water Quality Sampling Form for YSI Professional Plus handheld meter 

To request a hard copy of any of the materials or resources provided, or for more information about community-based monitoring in the NWT, please contact: