Key contact:
Stephen Dery sdery@unbc.ca

The design and evolution of hydrometric networks are often controlled by governmental agencies or the private sector industry that do not necessarily reflect long term societal needs and research priorities. Scientific network design is thus a priority of North American Stream Hydrographers (NASH): fostering discussions between those who develop the networks and the end-users of the hydrometric data. While hydrometric networks require to meet multiple needs, network design must address existing and potential separate needs. For instance, hydrometric gauges along small, urban streams may provide critical information for water management issues such as flood control, but may not necessarily be useful for examining large scale environmental changes such as the quantity of river discharge reaching the oceans.

With mounting costs and evolving technologies, there are rising pressures on existing hydrometric networks across North America. NASH will facilitate network design research to support the interactions between these groups and address the multiple priorities within the different sectors who use the hydrometric data.

Dan Hogan and Dave Hutchinson have been investigating the information content of the BC hydrometric network


Dave Murray from Kerr Wood Leidal provides a summary of the development of a purpose-specific monitoring network for the shale gas sector in Northeast BC. This talk was presented at the NASH symposium of hte BC Branch CWRA conference Marh 2013. Vancouver BC.