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Southern Ontario Stream Monitoring and Research Team (SOSMART)

The (SMART) networks provide a forum for exchange of ideas, data and science about flowing waters. They facilitate collaborative study design development that enables broader questions to be answered.  This leads to better decision making capabilities for all participants.

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SMART Networks

"None of us could have afforded to collect this data alone, but collectively our data and the science generated from it is irrefutable".

Many agencies, researchers and private citizens are engaged in collecting data on flowing waters.  Thousands of site visits are carried out annually to evaluate the biophysical properties of streams and rivers using techniques that vary from being informal to in-depth.  In most cases, the same properties are evaluated:

  • fish and benthic invertebrates (aquatic 'bugs'),
  • habitat characteristics, and
  • surface water quality and quantity.

The Ontario Stream Monitoring and Research Team (SMART) networks bring together these stakeholders to:

  • further the science and understanding of watershed processes and influences,
  • develop decision support tools,
  • influence policy direction, and
  • facilitate training and transfer of scientific knowledge.

The benefit of the network approach is the results, they are simply better than any agency can provide on their own. Using this approach, decision makers can access the best information and science possible across the Ontario landscape to ensure appropriate management actions are taken.  Additionally new science and management tools can be created collectively to ensure the data is collected, managed, and shared more effectively in the future.

SOSMART Network

Chair, SOSMART: Les Stanfield, les.stanfield@outlook.com

Vice-Chair, SOSMART: Dan Moore, dmoore@cloca.com

Secretary, SOSMART:  Angela Wallace, awallace@trca.on.ca

The Southern Ontario Stream Monitoring and Research Team (SOSMART), formerly known as the Lake Ontario Modeling Team (LOMT) is a coalition of partners from along the north shore of Lake Ontario, that currently includes:

  • City of Toronto,
  • Conservation Authorities,
    • Conservation Halton,
    • Central Lake Ontario,
    • Credit Valley,
    • Ganaraska Region,
    • Lake Simcoe and Region,
    • Nottawasaga Valley,
    • Lower Trent,
    • Otonabee, and
    • Toronto and Region.
  • Environment Canada,
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
  • Ministry of Natural Resources,
  • Ministry of the Environment, and
  • Non-government agencies.


General Documents

Presentations

Research Papers

Monitoring Protocols

SOSMART Biannual Meetings

Meeting 1 16: March 31, 2016

Meeting 2 15: October 23, 2015

Meeting 1 15: April 10, 2015

Meeting 2 14: November 25, 2014

Meeting 1 14: March 19, 2014

Meeting 2 13: December 2, 2013

Meeting 1 13: March 20, 2013

Meeting 2_12: November 22, 2012

Meeting 1_12: March 21, 2012

Meeting 2_11: December 1, 2011

Meeting 1_11: March 24, 2011

Meeting 2_10: December 7, 2010

Meeting 1_10: March 24, 2010

SMART Network Leaders Meeting: March 24, 2010

Meeting 1_09: November 10, 2009

Meeting 2_08: December 4, 2008

Meeting 1_08: June 19, 2008

Meeting 1_07: December 11, 2007

Meeting 2_06: November 28, 2006

Meeting 1_06: May 24, 2006

Meeting 2_05: September 7, 2005

 

Fish Subcommittee Meetings

Watershed Forums

GTA Conservation Authorities Watershed Monitoring Forum: April 7, 2010

GTA Conservation Authorities Watershed Monitoring Forum:

GTA Conservation Authorities Watershed Monitoring Forum: April 7, 2010

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto

 

Presentations from GTA CAWMF

Meeting 1_10:

Meeting #1/10: March 24, 2010

Conservation Halton, Milton Ontario

SOSMART Spring 2012 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 79 KB

 

Documents from Meeting #1/10

Presentation "Towards a Cumulative Effects Model Monitoring Network for SOSMART" Acrobat Icon 627 KB

SMART Network Leaders Meeting:

SMART Network Leaders Meeting: March 24, 2010

AFS Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting, Geneva Park Orillia

Meeting Minutes 27 KBAcrobat Icon

Meeting 1_09:

Meeting #1/09: November 10, 2009

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, 120 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket

SOSMART Fall 2009 Meeting Agenda Acrobat Icon 8 KB

SOSMART Fall 2009 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 101 KB

 

Documents from Meeting #1/09

Check Your Watershed Day Update 2009 Acrobat Icon 2,557 KB

SOSMART 2009 Group Updates Acrobat Icon 51 KB

Flowing Waters Information System (FWIS) update Acrobat Icon 1,476 KB

Meeting 2_08:

Meeting #2/08: December 4, 2008

Credit Valley Conservation Authority, 1255 Old Derry Road, Mississauga

SOSMART Fall 2008 Meeting Agenda Acrobat Icon 8 KB

SOSMART Fall 2008 Meeting Minutes  Acrobat Icon 169 KB

 

Documents from Meeting #2/08

Check Your Watershed Day Update 2008 Acrobat Icon 506 KB

SOSMART 2008 Group Updates Acrobat Icon 50 KB

Draft Operational Guidelines Acrobat Icon 144 KB

Meeting 1_08:

Meeting #1/08: June 19, 2008

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Black Creek Pioneer Village - South Theatre, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway

SOSMART Spring Meeting Agenda Acrobat Icon 11KB

SOSMART Spring Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 77 KB

Minutes from May 2, 2008 Conference Call Acrobat Icon 26 KB

 

Presentations from Meeting #1/08

 

Meeting 1_07:

Meeting #1/07: December 11, 2007

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Office   Click here for map

SOMART Fall 2007 Meeting Agenda Acrobat Icon 12 KB

SOSMART Fall 2007 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 31 KB

 

Presentations from Meeting #1/07

 

Meeting 2_06:

Meeting #2/06: November 28, 2006

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

SOSMART Fall 2006 Meeting Agenda Acrobat Icon 10 KB

SOSMART Fall 2006 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 26 KB

 

Presentations from Meeting #2/06

Stream Temperature Analysis Tool (STAT) - William Johnson (MNR) Acrobat Icon 294 KB
Towards an Ontario Stream Information Management System - Silvia Strobl (MNR) Acrobat Icon 3,333 KB
Riparian Analysis - Bruce Kilgour, Stantec Acrobat Icon 887 KB

 

Meeting 1_06:

Meeting #1/06: May 24, 2006

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority 

SOSMART Spring 2006 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 29 KB

Meeting 2_05:

Meeting #2/05: September 7, 2005

SOSMART Fall 2005 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon 22 KB

Meeting 1_12:

Meeting #1/12: March 21, 2012

SOSMART Spring 2012 Meeting Minutes Acrobat Icon KB

 

Documents from Meeting #1/12

2012 SOSMART Charter Acrobat Icon KB 

Presentation - Stream Monitoring at CVC Acrobat Icon KB 

Presentation GRCA Monitoring Activities Acrobat Icon KB

 

Meeting 1 14:

Meeting #1/14: March 19, 2014

SOSMART Spring 2014 Agenda Acrobat Icon 15 KB



Presentations from Meeting #1/14


 

 

Meeting 2 15:

Meeting #1/15: October 23, 2015

SOSMART Fall 2015 Agenda Acrobat Icon 690 KB

SOSMART Fall 2015 Minutes Acrobat Icon 65 KB


Meeting 1 16:

Meeting #1/16: March 31, 2016

SOSMART Spring 2016 Agenda Acrobat Icon 131 KB