STREAM participants are trained by Living Lakes Canada, a partner of STREAM, and members of the Hajibabaei lab to collect benthic macroinvertebrate samples. Both Living Lakes Canada and the Hajibabaei lab offer knowledge in site selection and monitoring. 

Samples are collected according to STREAM’s Field Manual, developed based on the framework of the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Field Manual—Wadeable Streams. STREAM’s procedure for benthic macroinvertebrate DNA samples ensures that the data are consistent and comparable across the country.

Participating organizations typically commit to maintaining the project in later years by submitting samples on an annual basis. Data is shared on STREAM’s Data Portal and the CABIN database under the STREAM-BERGE project.

Join the STREAM Project

Community groups play a critical role in the continuation of the STREAM project. Together and through community-based monitoring, STREAM continues to collect samples across a wide range of streams and rivers across Canada. 

STREAM is actively looking for community groups in all provinces and territories to continue sample collection.

To learn more about joining the STREAM project, email Tamanna Kohi: and Raegan Mallinson: