Communicating WEPGN research to mobilize knowledge

  • Do you believe that your individual health is impacted by the health of ecosystems around you such as the lakes and forests?
  • How can regular citizens monitoring water quality in their local streams and lakes contribute to provincial water management efforts?
  • Would you be willing to pay more on your annual water bills if it meant reducing the risk of drinking water outages?

These are a few of the fascinating questions that researchers from the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) have been studying, and answering over the past several years. Much of their research is communicated in conferences and in academic publications. WEPGN partnered with the Canadian Water Network (CWN) to bring these research stories to life and make this information accessible to everyone online and in a user-friendly format.

The CWN connects resources, people and knowledge to ensure that industry, government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can access and apply the right solutions to address their water challenges. Communicating the latest water research in direct and accessible formats lies at the heart of CWN’s approach to water research.

With funding and assistance from the CWN, WEPGN researchers and students from across the country distilled their projects into the essential details and the lessons learned, and matched these with creative design and photography. The result is a series of eye-catching reports that effectively communicate the latest science and research findings from WEPGN researchers. Moreover, these reports provide valuable experience in research communication for students and other junior researchers who are employed to author the reports under the direction of supervising WEPGN PI. The summaries are all available in full on our website (by project) as well as the CWN website.

Check out the first reports included in the series:

  • Putting a price on how much Albertans value the reliability of their drinking water supply. Wiktor Adamowicz, University of Alberta
  • Accessibility, Quality and Safety of Liard First Nation’s Drinking Water Supply. Lalita Bharadwaj and Lisa Christensen, University of Saskatchewan
  • Alberta Regional Plans: Increasing Fairness in the Decision-Making Process. Henning Bjornlund and Wei Xu, University of Lethbridge
  • Human Well-Being, Ecosystem Services and Watershed Management in the Credit River Valley. Martin Bunch, York University
  • Connecting Community-Based Water Monitoring with Environmental Management and Stewardship in Canada. Heather Castleden, Queen’s University
  • Collaborative Decision-Making for Drought Management: Improving Multi-Actor Approaches. Rob de Loë, University of Waterloo
  • “All of the Water that is in Our Reserves and that is in Our Territories is Ours”: Colonial and Indigenous Water Governance In Unceded Indigenous Territories In British Columbia. Leila Harris, University of British Columbia

Interested in writing your own plain language summary of your WEPGN funded research report? WEPGN has funding available for these reports to be developed. Please contact Mark MacNeil at to discuss.