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In 2016, CIRA funded a project to enable Fort Nelson First Nation to make their water data openly accessible using Mackenzie DataStream. The current grant will build on this work and include data from other B.C. Treaty 8 First Nations throughout the Mackenzie Basin, offering a more comprehensive view of water within the region. Mackenzie DataStream addresses a universal need among communities—to organize and disseminate water data – and does so at a much lower cost than if communities were to address this independently. As was the case in 2016, we expect this year’s programming will not only bring new datasets online, but also help foster collaboration among communities, many of whom are investing substantially in water monitoring.

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