CURA H2O is a five-year project focused on increasing community capacity for integrated water monitoring and management in Canada and internationally.
The project team is composed of an alliance of partners representing community stewardship organizations, environmental NGOs, academia, government agencies, First Nations communities, public schools, and the private sector. CURA H2O is a ‘Community-University Research Alliance’ that was granted funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in 2011. This project is run out of the Geography Department of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Cathy Conrad.
CURA H2O seeks to standardize data collection at the community level through a water monitoring training and certification course and an accompanying Wet-Pro (TM) toolkit that will provide all equipment necessary to conduct methods taught in the course. This CURA builds on the work of the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network, and addresses needs expressed by its stewardship partners over the last decade. SSHRC-CURA funding and support from Environment Canada and Nova Scotia Environment have facilitated the wide-scale provision of equipment and training to partners in Canada, West Africa, and Nepal, and have also supported the development of an online geodatabase with an interactive mapping component to house this standardized (and now comparable) data set.
Collaborative CURA H2O research continues to adapt training resources to meet the needs of partner communities, and through this research provides numerous opportunities for students to build their knowledge, expertise and work skills through hands-on research and related experiences. Partnerships with government agencies and research being conducted at four major universities continues to examine how this data can be integrated into governmental water management and provide a more comprehensive set of data than would otherwise be available through government resources alone. For more information about project activities and team members, please visit the About Us, Research, and Community Partners sections of this website.