The CRI’s vision is to make every river a healthy river.
Defining exactly what characteristics constitute “healthy” however remains to be a significant scientific challenge. For this reason, the CRI continues to work in collaboration with partner institutions, governments, and non-governmental organizations to develop a broad science-based framework for assessing the health of Canadian river ecosystems. Our approach to assessing river health is carried out through the development of core metrics broadly derived from measures of water quality, water flow, and biota. By improving our ability to measure these features of river systems, we move closer to an understanding of what conditions or thresholds must be met for a river to be classified as healthy.
To achieve our vision, the CRI operates in accordance with the following mandate:
to achieve outstanding river science and to deliver collaborative, multi-disciplinary research, education and outreach serving the needs of society at home and internationally.