|Title||Natural Resources Canada 3rd National Workshop on Groundwater
|Author||Jacob, N; Michaud, Y; Russell, H A J; Rivera, A; Brodaric, B|
|Source||Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 7857, 2015, 21 pages, https://doi.org/10.4095/296668 (Open Access)|
|Publisher||Natural Resources Canada|
|Meeting||NRCan 3rd National Workshop on Groundwater; Gatineau, PQ; CA; November 6-7, 2014|
|Subjects||hydrogeology; Nature and Environment; groundwater resources; groundwater; governments; science policy|
Program Management - Groundwater Geoscience|
|Released||2015 07 16|
Discussions on groundwater have been ongoing for more than a decade between the provinces, territories and federal government (Parties) through the Canadian Framework for
Collaboration on Groundwater and other mechanisms. As groundwater continues to be a concern for many industrialized and developing countries, it seems appropriate for Canada to enhance science collaboration between the Parties to reach a better
understanding of this hidden resource.
An internal strategic review of the Groundwater Geoscience Program was released in June 2013 and made recommendations to the program (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/evaluation/reports/2013/11142).
following workshop objectives were aligned with these recommendations:
1. Re-affirm the long standing collaboration in the field of groundwater science;
2. Discuss common opportunities for collaboration and research priorities;
jurisdictional input to guide strategic planning of the NRCan groundwater geoscience program.
To date, 19 of the 30 key Canadian aquifers have been mapped and assessed from the original list established more than a decade ago. Discussion about
the 11 remaining aquifers is well underway. In parallel, a Groundwater Information Network (GIN) was built as a web portal to disseminate data and knowledge obtained from key Canadian aquifer studies and to enhance data gathering from provincial and
territorial partners. Data is submitted for distribution via the web portal in different formats and is translated into a standardized format.
Regional water quantity and quality of some aquifer systems are known but with an enhanced
coverage, Canada will have a better understanding of its groundwater resource at a national scale.
Further discussions on data gathering and dissemination are still needed as well as additional collaboration on the integration of science and
policy about groundwater.
As it has been 13 years since the 2nd workshop a 3rd workshop was long overdue. It allowed fruitful discussions on the state of knowledge and the emerging issues in groundwater science, which led to the following
proposed action plan:
· Pursue and enhance the long standing collaboration in the field of groundwater science under the Canadian Framework for Collaboration on Groundwater through an improved coordination system that would help increase the
collaboration and knowledge delivery.
· Initiate research on the five emerging issues (water budget, climate change impacts, surface water / groundwater interactions, characterization of groundwater systems, deep groundwater vs shallow
groundwater) identified during the workshop while pursuing the mapping and assessment of the remaining 11 key Canadian aquifer systems; encourage regional collaborative efforts between the provinces, the territories and the GSC for both thematic and
· Improve communication among partners to allow better synergies by reconnecting at least every three years through an NRCan National Workshop on Groundwater.
· Investigate the establishment of an ad-hoc committee on
data gathering and dissemination, as well as for methodologies or others as required.
· Continue to assess groundwater availability and sustainability for the entire country. This activity requires more provincial-federal-OGDs collaboration as
well as a clear path forward to estimate water budgets at national scale.
|Summary||(Plain Language Summary, not published)|
NRCan 3rd National Workshop on Groundwater was held November 2014 in Gatineau, Québec. Workshop objectives were to re-affirm the long standing
collaboration in the field of groundwater science, discuss common opportunities for collaboration and priorities for medium-term planning and obtain jurisdictional input to guide strategic planning of the groundwater geoscience program. The workshop
allowed discussion on the state of knowledge and emerging issues in groundwater science, which led to an action plan: Pursue and enhance the collaboration in the field of groundwater science under the Canadian Framework for Collaboration on
Groundwater; Initiate research on the five main issues (water budgets, climate change impacts, surface water/groundwater interactions, characterization of groundwater systems, deep groundwater vs shallow groundwater) while pursuing the mapping and
assessment of the remaining key Canadian aquifer systems in the original list of 30 and; Improve communication by reconnecting at least every three years through an NRCan National Workshop on Groundwater.