Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) and Geoscience BC have signed a new agreement which will see FNFN take over four hydrometric water monitoring stations in its territory.

FNFN will use the stations at D’Easum Creek, Dilly Creek, Kiwigana River and Sahtaneh Creek to monitor water flow as part of its Liard River Basin Monitoring Initiative project. Previously, the stations have been part of Geoscience BC’s Horn River Basin Aquifer Project.

“These stations will build on the existing data collected by FNFN. This will ensure that when industry levels pick up, FNFN can make accurately and timely decisions in regards to proposed water withdrawals. This gives us the ability to make decisions with sound data to ensure our water is being utilized in a safe and sustainable manner,” said Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Harrison Dickie said.

Added Geoscience BC vice-president of energy Carlos Salas: “The stations have been important in understanding any impacts the natural gas sector has on water flow. This new agreement ensures they can continue to provide open and valuable information for anyone to use, and will be a part of FNFN’s own locally-run initiative.”

Data from the monitoring network will be independently verified by a qualified professional. As part of the two-year agreement, FNFN will then add the information to the Mackenzie DataStream (www.mackenziedatastream.ca) water data website. This allows anyone to explore and share water data relating to the Mackenzie River Basin stretching from B.C. and Alberta all the way to the Arctic Ocean.

A description of the project can be found here.