Eastern Ontario conservation authorities participate in training

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Workshop boosts watershed conservation capabilities and collaboration with WISKI.

Last week several conservation authorities (CA) in the eastern Ontario region of Canada convened to further their collective knowledge of Water Information Systems by KISTERS (WISKI).

These hydrology, water quality, GIS and groundwater professionals participated in the technical training event, which was hosted by Quinte Region Conservation Authority in Belleville.

More than 25 participants from five CAs gathered to discuss topics such as basic and advanced tools, data importing, water quality, data organization, and GIS and web interoperability services.

Environmental scientists in Ontario, Canada regularly share their expertise and participate in ongoing professional development with other WISKI software users.

The workshop even included a special "visionary" working group that gave senior managers of water resources an opportunity to collaborate on the best approach to expanding individual utilization of WISKI and sharing expertise.

Much excitement was generated during the workshop and efforts are already under way to organize another hub professional development event.

The Eastern Ontario HUB represents the interests of conservation authorities in the following areas: Ausable Bayfield, Cataraqui Region, Lower Trent, Mississippi Valley, North Bay-Mattawa, Nottawasaga Valley, Otonabee Region, Quinte, Rideau Valley, and South Nation.

Note: As of 2017 Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority withdrew its participation from the group.