Tracking bugs in the water
Metro Ottawa

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By Ryan Tumilty, Ottawa Metro News, September 25, 2017

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) is hoping a new program can help the government see the health of rivers and watersheds all with a little help from you.

The WWF launched a new citizen science program in Ottawa Monday that aims to use volunteers to collect information about bugs in the river. The bugs in turn help scientists determine just how healthy a river is.

Elizabeth Hendriks, vice-president for freshwater with the WWF, said the health of Canada’s watersheds are not that well understood and they’re hoping this program can help. “We don’t actually have the data to understand the health impacts.”