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  • 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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    Are Canadian cities ready for a changing climate?

    As British Columbian families evacuate their homes amidst out of control wildfires, news of toxic algae blooms in Canadian lakes and oceans spread. Both coming shortly on the heels of spring rains which caused floods in communities across the country. There’s no doubt that climate change is starting to bite, and it’s using water as its teeth. Water challenges - whether it be too little, too toxic, or too much - cost our communities significantly. How do we ready our homes, towns, regions for whatever wacky weather patterns the future holds?
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    How healthy are Canada's waters?

    On June 13th we hosted WWF-Canada as they launched the first comprehensive report on the health of Canada's freshwater ecosystems. 5-years in the making, this assessment reviews Canada's 25 major watersheds and 167 sub-watersheds for detailed data that together paints an important picture on the health of waters.  
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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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    Are Canadian cities ready for a changing climate?

    As British Columbian families evacuate their homes amidst out of control wildfires, news of toxic algae blooms in Canadian lakes and oceans spread. Both coming shortly on the heels of spring rains which caused floods in communities across the country. There’s no doubt that climate change is starting to bite, and it’s using water as its teeth. Water challenges - whether it be too little, too toxic, or too much - cost our communities significantly. How do we ready our homes, towns, regions for whatever wacky weather patterns the future holds?
    Continue reading

    How healthy are Canada's waters?

    On June 13th we hosted WWF-Canada as they launched the first comprehensive report on the health of Canada's freshwater ecosystems. 5-years in the making, this assessment reviews Canada's 25 major watersheds and 167 sub-watersheds for detailed data that together paints an important picture on the health of waters.  
    Continue reading