Current Research Projects
Source Water Protection Planning for Ontario First Nations Project
The IWS is currently working with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) and a First Nation on Manitoulin Island toward development of a community Source Water Protection Plan. This project is designed to develop planning tools specifically geared to Ontario First Nations communities who want to undertake a SWP plan.
IWS and OFNTSC are collaborating on creating a training course on Source Water Protection Planning that can be used by OFNTSC for ongoing community training for plan development in Ontario First Nations communities.
Water Quality Training
and Monitoring for the Indigenous Observation Network- Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council partner project
The IWS partnered with the Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council Science
Department to expand the water quality monitoring under the Indigenous
Observation Network (ION) and to provide training on the use of passive samplers
to monitor for hydrocarbon and metal contaminants. This project expands water
quality data collection in the Upper Yukon River region toward the World
Wildlife Fund watershed reporting, increases monitoring sites in the Yukon River
and builds capacity for Indigenous community based monitoring using best
Ontario Best in Science Project: Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Common Milkweed and Associated Soils in Regions of Intensive Corn Agriculture in Southern Ontario. Potential for Harmful Effects on Monarch Butterfly Larvae
The IWS received Best in Science funding through the Ontario Ministry of the
Environment and Climate Change to study the effects of neonicotioid pesticides
on common milkweed plants adjacent to intensive agricultural fields in
Southwestern Ontario. This 2 year study will determine if neonicotinoid
pesticides migrate off fields into adjacent habitat and will
help determine what impacts neonicotinoid insecticides may have on monarch
butterflies. It will help improve understanding of the effect this type of
insecticide may have on wild pollinators.