There are a number of online resources available to find climate and water-related data and map information. We’ve assembled some links of interest to help you find what you’re looking for. NS Environment’s Water Portal website is also a great resource to consult. Visit their Tools & Data page for even more maps, data and resources.

Surface Water Maps, Data & Resource Reports

NS Environment’s Surface Water Website

This site provides links to various surface water quality reports and information on NS Environment’s role of protecting surface water.

 

Real-time Hydrometric Data – Environment Canada

This site provides public access to real-time hydrometric data (water level and stream flow) collected at over 1800 locations and access to historical data collected at over 7600 stations (active and discontinued) in Canada. This site may be a useful resource if you are applying for a surface water withdrawal permit. For a map of active hydrometric stations in Nova Scotia, click here.

 

National Water Data Archive – Environment Canada

HYDAT is the archival database that contains all water information collected through the National Hydrometric Program. These data include: daily and monthly mean flow, water level and sediment concentration for over 2500 active and 5500 discontinued hydrometric monitoring station across Canada.

 

Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program Data

This site provides hourly and daily surface water quality data from six locations across the province. For a direct link to data stations, click here.

 

Lake Inventory Maps

Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture has lake inventory information on over 1000 lakes in the province. Each map displays depth contours of the lake and may contain data on water quality, fish species, recent stocking history etc.

 

Rural Water Quality Information Tool (RWQIT)

Provides an online tool to help you assess the quality and suitability of raw water sources for privately owned and operated water supplies.

 

Groundwater Maps, Data & Resource Reports

NS Environment’s Groundwater Website

This site provide links to various groundwater data reports, approvals and information on NS Environment’s role of protecting surface water.

 

NS Environment’s Water Resources Reports & Maps Database

This site is a compilation of historical hydrogeological maps, resources and groundwater inventories from across the province. Information from this site may be beneficial when developing a water source or applying for a groundwater withdrawal permit.

 

Groundwater Regions of Nova Scotia

These maps used in conjunction with some of the water resource reports and maps found from the link above may provide useful information when developing a new water source or applying for a groundwater withdrawal permit.

Simplified Version | Detailed Version

 

NS Department of Natural Resources Interactive Groundwater Map

This interactive tool provides more detailed information than the above map on topographic layers, bedrock geology, primary watershed boundaries, and
groundwater observation wells. This information could be useful when developing a water resource or applying for a water withdrawal permit. Click here for the Interactive Ground Water Map User’s Guide.

 

NS Well Logs Database

The Nova Scotia Well Logs Database provides information on more than 100,000 water wells in the province, including information on well locations, geology and well construction, well depth and yield. The database can be searched on-line or downloaded.

 

Well Water Nitrate Monitoring Program

The Well Water Nitrate Monitoring Program is a long-term study that involves yearly testing for nitrate at approximately 150 water wells in Kings County, which is one of the most intensively farmed areas of the province.

 

NS Environment’s Ground Water Observation Well Network

The Nova Scotia Groundwater Observation Well Network was established in 1965. It currently includes 40 active observation wells located across the province. The network is used to monitor groundwater levels,monitor groundwater quality,evaluate the impact of human activities on groundwater and evaluate long-term trends associated with issues such as climate change. This resource could be helpful if you are curious about groundwater issues int eh area, if you are looking to develop a water resource and/or need additional information for a water withdrawal permit.

 

Rural Water Quality Information Tool (RWQIT)

Provides an online tool to help you assess the quality and suitability of raw water sources for privately owned and operated water supplies.

 

Climate

AgWeather Atlantic

A new weather-based website is under development for Atlantic Canada producers. It puts local, accurate and fast weather data for the agricultural sector at your fingertips! Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has supported the development of an agricultural based weather website delivered by Mesonet Solutions (mesonet-solutions.org/), specifically for producers and producers groups.As the site develops, new tools and information will expand the website to provide the agricultural industry with useful information each season.

 

Environment Canada’s Climate Database

This site can be used to query the Canadian Climate online database for Climate Information in your area.

 

Weather Radar – Environment Canada

A regional overview of where precipitation is occurring within Environment Canada‘s radar network.

 

Nova Scotia Weather Conditions & Forecasts  – Environment Canada

 

Natural Resources Canada – Climate Change Data, Maps & Publications

Natural Resources Canada develops and distributes a wide range of resources on Climate Change.

 

Marine Climate and Forecasts

Gulf of Maine Research Institute provides real-time ocean conditions.

Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) provides the latest ocean conditions from the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England waters, forecasts of ocean winds, waves, water level, water temperature and more and satellite images of ocean conditions.

 

National Water Data Archive – Environment Canada

HYDAT is the archival database that contains all water information collected through the National Hydrometric Program. These data include: daily and monthly mean flow, water level and sediment concentration for over 2500 active and 5500 discontinued hydrometric monitoring station across Canada.

 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Drought Watch

This site provides information to the agricultural sector in order to identify the impacts of climatic variability on water supply and agriculture.

 

Map Resources

Map of Primary Watershed Areas in Nova Scotia  

As printed in the Nova Scotia Government Water Strategy Document, this colour coded map breaks the province into 46 primary watershed areas.

 

NS Department of Natural Resource’s Wetland Inventory Map

Nova’s Scotia’s Wetland Classification and Vegetation Typing is available for viewing through this website. Up to three vegetation communities are identified with each wetland and its size in hectares. The wetlands are grouped into the following classes: Open Water, Marsh, Swamp, Bog or Fen, Fen. The Department of Natural Resources makes no claim as to the accuracy of the data for individual wetlands and further stipulates that the user of the data assumes all risks associated with the use of the data. Errors or omissions can be brought to the attention of the wetland program.

 

Government of Nova Scotia Geographic Information Services

Geographic Information Services develops, maintains and distributes the province’s primary geographic information including the Nova Scotia Topographic Database, the Nova Scotia Coordinate Reference System, the Nova Scotia Civic Address File, the Nova Scotia Property Records Database, and the Nova Scotia Aerial Photography Collection.

 

GeoNova Portal

Geographic Gateway to Nova Scotia; a site with maps, data, satellite imagery and other views of the province.

 

Property Online

Property Online (POL) is an internet browser application that provides online access to land ownership and related information collected through the province’s Land Registration Offices and other sources. The Property Online database, which is available to subscribers, contains ownership information, including property maps for the entire province.

 

Geospatial Products from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Provides online access to agriculture-related maps, geospatial data and tools to help you understand the geography of agriculture and make better decisions for environmentally responsible yet competitive agriculture. Some examples of what you can do with this site:

  • View maps showing climate conditions, land patterns, soil landscapes, or imagery of agricultural fields
  • Use general tools to calculate distances, measure areas, create buffers, and print maps
  • Use application-specific tools to calculate fencing costs, or to determine the available biomass within a specific area
  • Download data files in standard geospatial formats to use in GIS or other software
  • Access geospatial data as web services to use in existing software or to develop new applications

 

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