Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network in the Severn Sound Area
Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) has been participating
in the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network (PGMN) for the past
five years. The Ontario PGMN is a partnership between the Ontario
of Environment and Climate Change (OMOECC), 36 conservation authorities and 10
municipalities. The objective of the network is to collect and manage
baseline groundwater level and quality information from key aquifers
across Ontario. The
PGMN program uses a standardized approach to monitor the
474 wells in the province wide system (February 2010).
Why do we monitor groundwater level and quality
Monitoring groundwater levels and quality helps to set baseline
conditions and to assess how groundwater is affected by land and water
It identifies trends, emerging issues and
provides a base for making informed resource management decisions.
How does the partnership work?
In the Severn Sound area, the PGMN is a formal partnership agreement
between MOE and the SSEA. MOE is responsible for coordination, data
analysis/reporting, maintaining the Provincial Groundwater
Monitoring Information System (PGMIS) and
training staff. SSEA is responsible for the field operations including
the maintenance of field equipment, collection of water levels data and
and the completion of technical reports on local
levels and quality.
How is the information used?
Information generated by the PGMN provides vital baseline data for
the development and implementation of water management programs and
The programs and activities include: source
protection plans, nutrient management plans, water taking application
reviews, drought response decisions and resolution of groundwater
For more information about the PGMN and the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Information System visit: OMOECC Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network