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The Art of Refraiming: The Social Life of Water exhibition

A blog post on a project that used storytelling and art to reframe the dominant narrative about people and water in the Okanagan, BC.

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Canada Water Week and World Water Day Media Release

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BC’s largest recreation and conservation groups seek to engage British Columbians as well as political parties in taking action on water and river issues in lead up to May’s provincial election.

 

For Immediate Release- March 20, 2017

VANCOUVER- March 22nd marks the twenty-fourth United Nations World Water Day. In honour of World Water day and Canada Water Week, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and the Outdoor Recreation Council - which collectively represent hundreds of thousands of British Columbians and freshwater organizations across the province--are joining efforts to call on all British Columbians to join the water conversation, take action, and get involved to defend water.

Freshwater in British Columbia supports diverse ecosystems, a vibrant economy, spaces for recreation and drinking water for millions of people. However, despite the fundamental importance of water to every aspect of life, waters in B.C. are facing unprecedented threats from industrial activity, population pressures and a changing climate.          

With the B.C. Provincial Election less than two months away, this message is a timely one.

“Promoting and generating such discussion is important in that many British Columbians view the proper care of rivers, and our water resources in general, to be among our most pressing environmental issues” said Mark Angelo, Outdoor Recreation Council Rivers’ chair and founder of both BC and World Rivers Day.

B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act provided a unique opportunity to protect water in the province. However, despite the Act having being  passed nearly three years ago, significant gaps remain in its implementation.

Coree Tull, Canadian Freshwater Alliance Organizing Director, said “We need to make water an election issue to ensure that British Columbia’s next government will take action to implement and enforce robust rules to protect our waters.”

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Of Water and Beer

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A St. Patrick's Day post about how some breweries are stepping up to protect our most precious asset. 

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Monitoring for Lake Health: A Case Study

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The Town of Invermere sits nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges in southeast British Columbia. The town straddles Windermere Lake, a mountain lake in the headwaters of the Columbia River. The striking beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the Lake Winderemere region draws thousands to the area each summer. Although the official population of Inveremere and the surrounding area is around 5,000, the summertime population is exponentially larger.

 

 

Given these population pressures, the community around Lake Windermere has had concerns about impacts of development and human activities on water quality, which is also a drinking water source for some residents. In 2005, Wildsight started the Lake Windermere Project to protect and enhance the quality of the lake by fostering cooperation, conducting scientific water quality monitoring, and undertaking public education and outreach. When the project ended, a group of community members banded together to carry on the work, forming the Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) as a non-profit society.  


Over 11 years, the robust community-based watershed monitoring program has produced a wealth of data about the lake. I caught up with LWA’s Program Coordinator, Megan Peloso, to chat with her about the program.

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A new face at the Alliance!

 

It's with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to officially introduce myselfCoree_Headshot.jpg to you. My name is Coree Tull and I am excited to be joining the Freshwater Alliance and such a diverse group of freshwater champions.  

I grew up in Vernon, British Columbia on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and now work, live and play on the territories of the Coast Salish peoples,including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I am grateful for these original stewards of our land and water.

Water is life, and this is what drives me everyday.

Spending my childhood surrounded by and swimming in turquoise lakes, enjoying skiing on the powder of record snowfalls and watching streams in my neighbourhood come alive with spawning salmon every year. In 2003, I saw first-hand the devastating impact of low snowpacks, severe drought and wildfires in my community. I learned quickly about the connectivity of our water systems and the important role water plays in our lives--a source of recreation, health, wealth and connection for  our communities. Since then I have been committed to learning about human relationships to water. Over my career I have built and organized grassroots campaigns to advocate for more just, equitable and sustainable communities.

For those of you in British Columbia, we have a unique and important opportunity in front of us right now: to shift the larger public discourse about freshwater and put pressure on the Government of British Columbia to implement robust regulations to the Water Sustainability Act. As a freshwater movement, we can help ensure all our waters are healthy and thriving.

Join me today by sending a letter to your MLA and the Ministers of Environment and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource. With the provincial election less than 4 months away it’s so important that the BC Provincial Government hears the collective voice of the freshwater community and takes action to ensure water for fish, the environment and basic human needs are safeguarded  in law.  

I am look forward to working with each of you and I welcome your thoughts and ideas anytime. You can send me a message to coree@freshwateralliance.ca

 

In solidarity,

Coree 

 

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