British Columbia is currently lacking a comprehensive and collaborative, province-wide approach and methodology to water monitoring. The development of the Columbia Basin Water Hub was initiated to coordinate such an effort for the Columbia Basin, where water resources and aquatic ecosystems are rapidly changing as a consequence of land use and climate change, revealing alarming gaps in scientific understanding. The Columbia Basin Water Hub acts as the central place for the storage of a variety of water knowledge, always evolving and adapting to the data needs of the Columbia Basin users.

Two Columbia Basin Trust reports — Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin: Summary of Current Status and Opportunities (I of II) , and Guidance Information for Planning Monitoring Programs (II of II) — identify the water-related knowledge gaps in the Columbia Basin and outline preliminary guidance for steps required to fill these gaps. These CBT reports were the premise for the Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative and Water Hub, building a coordinated approach to help answer local and regional scale questions about current and future hydrological conditions that affect communities and ecosystems.

Living Lakes Canada also helped facilitate a senior hydrologist workshop, where a two stage scientific approach for monitoring was proposed. To access the proceedings, follow this link .

Information on how to use the Water Hub is available on our Help page. We thrive in the spirit of innovation, if you would like to collaborate, contribute, or have any questions please email: Database Manager or Database Assistant

Living Lakes Canada bridges the gap between science and action to foster citizen-based water stewardship. Our mandate is to help people understand the intimate connections between water quantity, water quality, land-use, climate change, biodiversity, and healthy human communities by building a water stewardship ethic that we can be proud of.

Living Lakes Canada is affiliated with Living Lakes International , a global network of over 120 non-government organizations that share the mission to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds throughout the world. Living Lakes Canada is a registered BC Society and charitable organization. Visit our website.

FlowH20 is a Canadian pilot project that aims to mitigate the effects of the global water crisis by digitizing strategic water bodies in real time with the help of artificial intelligence. This is being tested through a flexible, affordable and scalable water data commons that acquires, compiles and processes large amounts of water quality data to understand immediate water management needs. This suite of technologies, including a technological platform, data sets and tools to utilize the data, could position Canada at the forefront of water resource management excellence.

Flow H20 and the Water Hub are part of the Fresh Water Data Commons partnership, which is cross-sector research consortium between Carl Data Solutions, Teck Resources, Microsoft, Astra Smart Systems, i4C Innovation, Living Lakes Canada, the University of Victoria, and Genome British Columbia (Genome BC). The goal of the project is to develop a platform for it to test a for profit platform providing water analysis services within FlowH20 to be used by experts, industry, and governments

Find out more here.

Foreshore Integrated Management Planning (FIMP — also known as Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping or SHIM) is a methodology developed in partnership with Fisheries and Ocean Canada in 2004. It maps shoreline habitats, assesses habitat value and establishes Shoreline Development Guidelines to conserve ecosystems, support climate resiliency and protect species of conservation concern.

Genki Maps builds scientific data management systems for government agencies and other organizations with a need to organize, visualize, and publish their data. We provide software and services highly customized to every client's individual needs. We offer customized CKAN data portals, data processing tools for desktop GIS, and complete web applications with integrated mapping and GIS components.


CKAN is the world’s leading open-source data portal platform.

CKAN is a complete out-of-the-box software solution that makes data accessible and usable – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data (including storage of data and provision of robust data APIs). CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.

CKAN is used by governments and user groups worldwide and powers a variety of official and community data portals including portals for local, national and international government, such as British Columbia's Data Catalogue, the UK’s data.gov.uk and the European Union’s publicdata.eu, the Brazilian dados.gov.br, Dutch and Netherland government portals, as well as city and municipal sites in the US, UK, Argentina, Finland and elsewhere.

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Open Data is defined as structured, machine readable, freely shared, and built on without any restrictions. According to Open Definition there are three main aspects of data that make it open:

  • Data must be accessible and available for no or reasonable cost and must be available over the internet in a convenient, modifiable format.
  • Data must be available for re-use and redistribution using the appropriate licencing.
  • There must be universal participation, where everyone is able to use, re-use, and redistribute data.

Licensing Information

The Columbia Basin Water Hub allows for data uploaders to choose from a variety of different licenses that allow for proper accreditation of datasets. The list below provides the different licenses available when uploading data to our hub.

The Columbia Basin Water Hub and Living Lakes Canada would like the following funders for the contributions to make this repository possible