GWA continues to add to the water quality and quantity monitoring information within the territory. Understanding stream dynamics and aquatic life requirements are key to present and future stream spawning and rearing habitat needs for sustainability planning and implementation. The rate of climate change is very significant to the health and productivity of streams and rivers.
GWA’s water quality and quantity program has continued to evolve over the years, focusing on areas of salmon escapement and restoration initiatives. In the early 2000s several AquaRod stage gauges were used to look at stream levels, discharge and temperature on Clifford Creek, Skunsnat Creek, Upper Zymoetz, Natlan Creek and Damshilgwet Creek. In 2007 several additional level and temperature data loggers were deployed in the Skeena headwaters however these were only maintained for two years due to budget restraints for these remote sites. The GWA was able to increase the capacity of this program through Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative program funding starting in 2015. The GWA has undergone training and structured field learning to initiate the hydrology program using standardized approaches (RISC, 2009, ISO, 2010) and collaborating with neighboring nations on operation manuals specific to our programs. We are currently working on ways this information can be reference more broadly. The current hydrometric station network includes: Damshilgwit Creek, McCully Creek, Nangeese River, Shegunia River, Skunsnat River, Upper Zymoetz River, and Kwinageese River.