Publications

The following list of publications includes those from Our Living Waters and members of the Network

The Economic Opportunity of Making Water Investments in Canada

Take a look at this two page November 2022 document by the Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters making an economic case for investing in water.

Pathways to Living Cities: A framework to help practitioners advance equitable, abundant, and thriving green infrastructure in cities across Canada

Download this October 2022 framework for municipal staff and decision makers by Green Communities Canada and a research team from the University of Toronto.

Feds must keep promises on water

Read this October 2022 op ed by Andrew Stegemann, Dominique Monchamp, Nicole Trigg, Coree Tull and Roberta Webster on creating a Canada Water Agency and adequately resourcing the Freshwater Action Plan.

Briefing Note: An Effective Canada Water Agency & Freshwater Action Plan

Take a look at this September 2022 Briefing Note on creating an effective Canada Water Agency and a properly resourced Freshwater Action Plan from the Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters.

Living Cities Canada: A Virtual Forum - Summary Report

Take a look at this document resulting from the March 2022 Forum coordinated by Green Communities Canada and supported by the University of Toronto, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and other environmental organizations.

Our Living Waters 2021 - 22 Annual Report

2021 - 2022 was a period of exciting growth and reorientation for Our Living Waters! Download the report here.

Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters' Policy Position on the Canada Water Agency

Download the March 2022 paper here.

The CCHW is a non-Indigenous led coalition. Any statement or policy position coming from the Coalition, including this one, does not speak for Indigenous Peoples.

Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters' Policy Position on the Canada Water Act

Download the March 2022 paper here.

The CCHW is a non-Indigenous led coalition. Any statement or policy position coming from the Coalition, including this one, does not speak for Indigenous Peoples.

Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters' Letter to Environment and Climate Change Canada Minister Steven Guilbeault

Download the January 14, 2022 letter to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada. (bilingual)

A Business Case for Investment in Canadian Community-Based Water Monitoring

Download this November 2021 report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Learn about why funding and coordinating Canada's vibrant community-based water monitoring community makes scientific and economic sense!

Our Living Waters 2020 - 2021 Annual Report

Take a look at the 2020 - 2021 Annual Report, covering the period of the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

Five Foundational Pillars for the Canada Water Agency

Read this 2021 joint submission, spearheaded by the Forum for Leadership on Water and Our Living Waters, with support from a dozen other organizations. (bilingual)

Community-based Water Monitoring and the Canada Water Agency

Read this 2021 letter to Environment and Climate Change Canada, outlining four pillars for federal commitment on community-based water monitoring. (bilingual)

Federal Water Funding in Canada

Take a look at this November 2020 summary of research on water funding opportunities in Canada from the federal government.

 

Letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada Jonathan Wilkinson

Read this July 2020 letter to Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, outlining four priorities for federal action on community-based water monitoring. (bilingual)

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advance climate resiliency and water security

Read this May 2020 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, including a summary of over 300 projects to advance climate resiliency and water security across the country.

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key federal ministers to invest in natural infrastructure

Read this May 2020 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key federal ministers, encouraging investment in natural infrastructure as a part of Canada's COVID recovery plan.

Our Living Waters 2019 - 2020 Annual Report

Water Security for Canadians: Solutions for Canada's Emerging Water Crisis

Read this report from 2019, authored by a number of organizations working together to advocate for federal leadership on water.

Sustaining healthy fisheries, waters and economies

Read this 2019 brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, urging progressive changes to Canada's Fisheries Act.

Final Recommendations: Elevating Community-Based Water Monitoring in Canada

Read this April 2019 report, written by The Gordon Foundation, Living Lakes Canada and WWF-Canada, outlining draft recommendations focussing on elevating community-based water monitoring in Canada.

Our Living Waters 2018 Annual Report

Tackling Combined Sewer Overflows: A Toolkit for Community Action

Read this October 2018 comprehensive resource by Ottawa Riverkeeper, in collaboration with Our Living Waters, providing a roadmap for community groups and decision-makers to tackle combined sewer overflows.

Soak It Up! Toolkit: 16 Actions your Municipality can take to Reduce Runoff and Runoff Pollution

Access this 2017 toolkit from Green Communities Canada, and use the scorecard to take a look at how your community is doing to reduce runoff and runoff pollution.

Stormwater Scorecard: What Canadian Communities are doing to reduce stormwater runoff and runoff pollution

Take a look at this 2017 scorecard summary by Green Communities Canada and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, assessing communities on their adoption of green infrastructure policies and projects.

A snapshot of Community Based Water Monitoring in Canada

Read this 2017 report by Living Lakes Canada, Acadia University and Simon Fraser University on the state of community-based water monitoring in Canada.

Realizing the Potential of Community Based Monitoring in Assessing the Health of Our Waters

Check out this 2016 collaborative report by a number of organizations in the Our Living Waters Network, as well as a government agency. It focusses on the potential for community-based water monitoring to fill data gaps preventing us from understanding the health of freshwater ecosystems.

Federal Leadership for Our Living Waters: A Call to Action for the next Government of Canada

Read this 2015 call to action for the next government of Canada. This was the first collaborative project of the Our Living Waters Network, aiming to amplify the voice and impact of the freshwater community across the country!

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