Information Management

Water stewardship activities, including decision-making, need to be supported by accurate, current and accessible information and data. A key part of achieving this is to ensure that scientific, local and traditional water-related knowledge is accurately stored, analyzed, managed and where appropriate, shared among water partners and the public. Everyone should be able to access the results of water monitoring and research that have already been completed. In the NWT, various initiatives have been implemented in order to improve the management and accessibility of water-related monitoring information. These initiatives are outlined below.


NWT Water Monitoring Inventory

The NWT Water Monitoring Inventory has information about water monitoring programs including: description of the program, lead organization, location, and reporting mechanisms.
Monitoring programs are grouped under these broad organizational headings:

  • Federal Government
  • Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Aboriginal Governments
  • Communities
  • Industry
  • Academia (highlights other resources/programs/websites where academic research projects can be found but does not detail specific academic research)

To access the NWT Water Monitoring Inventory and introductory text, click here.

For printing, 11X17 size paper is recommended. 

To access a map of all water quality and quantity sites in the NWT that was produced based on the coordinates in the NWT Water Monitoring Inventory, click here.

How can I provide comments and updates?

Water partners and interested individuals are encouraged to provide comments and/or updates on the NWT Water Monitoring Inventory by emailing or calling (867) 873-7482.

NWT Discovery Portal

The NWT Discovery Portal is a website that provides a central location for environmental monitoring knowledge in the Northwest Territories. Users can search the virtual library or add to it by sharing their own monitoring information.

What’s in it?

  • Descriptions and locations of monitoring data
  • Links to external reports and data sources
  • Scientific monitoring data and reports
  • Maps, presentations, videos, images

How do I use the Portal?

Search for data - Perform searches by keyword, or by map.

Upload your own data - Scientists, community members, regulators, industry, and anyone with environmental monitoring information can contribute to the NWT Discovery Portal’s content.

Mackenzie DataStream

Mackenzie DataStream is an online platform for sharing information about freshwater in the Mackenzie River Basin. DataStream’s mission is to promote knowledge sharing and advance collaborative, evidence-based decision making.
Mackenzie DataStream was developed by Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation in close collaboration with Environment and Natural Resources. 

Using DataStream you can access, visualize, and download full water quality datasets collected by 21 communities in the NWT-wide Community-Based Water Quality Monitoring Program. 

 Visit the Mackenzie DataStream


Lodestar is an online environmental monitoring database designed to provide a consistent approach to environmental data management across the NWT. The application manages water, soil, sediment, and air data from site investigations, remediation projects, and long-term monitoring programs. The system allows database managers to store, retrieve and archive data and can be linked to a geographic information system. Lodestar generates reports in various formats, including statistical summaries and graphical outputs that can be used in other applications.

Data is available upon request through ENR. The main partner in this project is Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

To access data, please contact


These various information management initiatives address Keys to Success under the Work Together component in NWT Water Stewardship Strategy: A Plan for Action 2016-2020.