• Revitalizing laws and policies to protect our most precious resource.

  • Understanding and assessing the health of, and threats to, Canada's waters.

  • Engaging individuals, communities, and organizations in protecting the health of our waters.

  • Designing our communities and creating economies that work in harmony with freshwater.

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    Stormwater Scorecard

        OLW Network members Green Communities Canada and the Canadian Freshwater Network have benchmarked 26 communities using both the Quick Stormwater Scorecard and the full scorecard tools. They are actively looking for more communities to be benchmarked. Please help out and make sure your community is included in this national assessment by completing the Quick Scorecard today. Most participants are able to complete this first quick assessment in 10 mins or less.    
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    Snapshot of Community-Based Water Monitoring in Canada

      Living Lakes Canada, Acadia University and Simon Fraser University released a Snapshot of Community Based Monitoring in Canada. The report provides a valuable landscape scan on: reasons for CBM; monitoring locations; funding for CBM; monitoring parameters; integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge; managing CBM data; informing policy; and working collaboratively in CBM efforts.    
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    Realizing the Potential of Community Based Monitoring

    A new paper has been released demonstrating the important role community-based monitoring (CBM) can play in filling the significant water data gaps we have in Canada. The paper, co-written by a collaboration of four nonprofit organizations, one foundation, and one government agency and supported by the Our Living Waters Network, focuses on the potential of CBM to fill in these gaps which are preventing us from fully understanding the health of our freshwater ecosystems and anticipating emerging issues.
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    Canada's Freshwater Narrative Part 4

    This whole conversation on the current dominant narrative around freshwater health in Canada points to both challenges and opportunities that as non-profit freshwater champions we need to embrace, to both alter the dominant narrative (that freshwater values exist in our subconscious, that acting to protect water results in negative economic decisions and that we don’t have any control or impact in decisions that affect freshwater health) and to promote a new narrative (one where guardianship is central, where we listen to, celebrate and honour the role water plays to our lives, and where we engage as active citizens around decision to protect, enhance and defend its health).  
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    Canada's Freshwater Narrative Part 3: What does a good relationship with water look like?

      People inherently believe that communities impacted by unhealthy waters (or threats to healthy waters) should have a say in decisions that impact those waters. In parallel, they respond strongly when it is felt that companies have greater impact on decisions then local residents - the support generated when it was proposed that Nestlé had greater rights to groundwater access then local communities in Wellington County is a recent example of this.
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