STREAM DNA Reports
The key deliverable of STREAM is the generation of DNA biomonitoring reports, derived from DNA data collected by community groups and organizations. STREAM aims to process and analyze DNA samples within two months of sample submission (subject to current volume of samples awaiting processing).
Long-Term Data Applications
Long-term, DNA data generated by STREAM will be integrated into existing biomonitoring data to support the next round of WWF Healthy Watersheds reporting targeted for 2022.
The assessment reports developed within this project will complement existing GIS-related analysis developed within the previous WWF-Canada reports, to generate a new set of threats analysis linked to measures of ecosystem status developed at the watershed scale.
Ultimately, STREAM reports will enable community-based monitoring groups, WWF-Canada and Living Lakes Canada and ECCC to apply science-based data to policy-making decisions.
Recently, the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced new legislation regarding protection of fish and their habitat. The DFO legislation proposes the following:
- Creating measures for protecting biodiversity and addressing urgent threats to species and habitat
- Restoring damaged habitat and rebuilding depleted fish stocks
- Protecting fish and fish habitat
- Enabling responsible development around fish/habitat through clearer permitting and codes of practice
- Promoting the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnering with Indigenous communities
Biomonitoring data and reports generated by STREAM are important for positioning resources and aligning environmental watershed monitoring capacity to address the legislation laid out by DFO in Canada.
When submitting samples to STREAM, the reports generated will vary depending on:
- The number of samples submitted (i.e. more analyses can be conducted when an excess of three biological replicates per site are submitted)
- Time frame of samples collected (i.e. from a single year or from multiple years at the same site)
- Study question submitted with samples (i.e. specific questions being asked by community groups)