The Peace Region Living Lab is a strategy from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada to promote the use of best management practices in agriculture in various agricultural field zones across the country. The idea is to create a data compilation of parameters observed in growers field and use this data to compare and assess the impact of sustainable versus conventional agricultural practices.
As part of the living labs project, NPARA monitors these parameters over ten fields in total, five of them are conventionally managed and the other five follow BMP practices.
The County of Northern Lights (the County) and the North Peace Applied Research Association (NPARA) have maintained an ongoing water quality monitoring program in the Notikewin and Keg rivers since 2011. The study was designed and implemented by Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. (Aquality). The purpose of the study was to gather baseline water quality information for a complete suite of parameters, for future planning of land use and environmental management activities on the two rivers, and to determine water quality for use as a drinking and agricultural water source.