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The Water Survey of Canada
(WSC) is a scientific branch of Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...
's Department of the Environment that is responsible for monitoring the nation's freshwater resources.
maintains Canada's hydrometric network of over 2,500 active hydrometric gauges that measure and record lake and river water levels and river and stream flows.
Data developed by the WSC is used for water resource management purposes in various policy programs by federal, provincial and municipal governments. This information is also available free to the public by searching their Archived Hydrometric Data
. The data also contributes to ongoing efforts to measure local, regional and national impacts from climate change
Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions or the distribution of events around that average...