The Communications Officer, Shalyn Norrish, doing a little water sampling at one of the sites with Jessica Pacunayen, Regulatory Specialist for the WLWB, overseeing the process. Photo Credit: Brodie Costello, WLWB. The Communications Officer, Shalyn Norrish, doing a little water sampling at one of the sites with Jessica Pacunayen, Regulatory Specialist for the WLWB, overseeing the process. Photo Credit: Brodie Costello, WLWB.

Surveillance Network Program Water Sampling

On June 12, 2019, the joint Communications Officer for the Wek'èezhìı Land and Water Board (WLWB) and WRRB joined technical staff from the WLWB, as well as Behchokǫ youth, GNWT water inspectors, and representatives for the Community Government of Behchokǫ, in conducting water sampling at five sampling sites around the community. The session began with a short presentation by WLWB Regulatory Specialist, Jessica Pacunayen, detailing what samples would be taken and where, as well as the importance of taking these samples to ensure the environment is protected. The afternoon included a tour of both water treatment facilities and field sampling at the various surveillance network program (SNP) locations. The samples were then dropped off at the Taiga Environmental Laboratory in Yellowknife to be tested, with the results available within 14 days. The WLWB conducts water sampling annually in the communities to educate and build capacity about the Community Government’s Water Licence requirements and the importance of sampling to ensure environmental protection.

Jessica Pacunayen, Regulatory Specialist (WLWB), speaking at the SNP training session in the morning with Brodie Costello, Regulatory Specialist (WLWB), youth, and employees with the City of Behchokǫ̀ in attendance. Photo credits: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.

Some of the sample bottles being prepared for the sampling portion of the day. Photo credit: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.

Regulatory Specialist Brodie Costello (WLWB) collecting a water sample at one of the sites in Behchokǫ̀ while Jessica Pacunayen, Regulatory Specialist (WLWB), observes. Photo credit: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.

Getting a tour of the water treatment facilities in Behchokǫ̀ from Howard Gargan, Class 2 Water Plant Operator. Photo credit: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.