Act Now: No Waters Left Behind

In 2012, 99% of lakes and rivers ceased to be protected under the Navigation Protection Act. With the Act under review, we have a chance to restore those protections. Nominate your home waters for protection. Tell your representative: no waters left behind



No Waters Left Behind

This spring, Government response to the suite of environmental reviews currently underway suggested an opening to broaden the list of protected waters included in the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

Make sure your home waters, lakes, and rivers aren’t left behind, nominate them today and call for all lost rivers and lakes to be protected once again.


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The Database Matrix - Part 3

The Database Matrix - Part 2

Why Use a Database Anyway?

I just got a new e-book about how to measure success. The email promo for the book professed that “the best run service companies know how to measure success. The first step is understanding the data that is driving your business.” This is wholly true for non-profits as well--and your database will help you get there.


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The Database Matrix - Part 1

Finding your database match will deepen engagement with your supporters.

How do you have a meaningful relationship with 1000, or 10,000 people? Ten years ago, I was asking myself this question knowing that there had to be a better way than sifting through the folder of Excel spreadsheets that listed my organization’s supporters. I dreaded this task. Besides being labour intensive, mining data from spreadsheets is at best a challenge and does not support identifying ways to better communicate with the people who wanted to support our work. Back then, I wish I knew what I do now: there is a better way.

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Protect the Other 99%: Restoring Rights to Access Navigable Waters

Access to millions of rivers and lakes rests on how the Navigation Protection Act is revised. Now is the time to nominate your home waters to join ALL navigable waters for protection from barriers that block navigation. You can join a movement calling on the Navigation Protection Act to ensure #nowatersleftbehind


People are raising alarm to protect an ecological and economically vital stretch of the Fraser River from developments that threaten critical sturgeon spawning habitat and that change water flows. A recent study of faulty floodgates on the Fraser shows how blocked water flows contributed to poor water quality and less native fish. Though the Navigation Protection Act (NPA) concerns human navigation, it is clear that structures that impede navigability also impact environmental health.


The good news is that the Fraser River falls within the protections of the Navigation Protection Act (NPA) so barriers to navigation (such as faulty flood-gates) could be challenged under the Act.  But millions of waterways lack the immediate protection that being listed in the Act provides. Many may have small communities with little resources to individually challenge harmful developments in court - the only option for those not listed under the NPA. Is this fair? With no government oversight for the cumulative impact of countless developments on unscheduled waterways, like pipelines to tailing ponds, the responsibility has shifted to the public to protect these navigable waterways.


Canada is a country woven together by the the lakes and rivers that span the land from coast-to-coast-to-coast. These waters were the original highways, their flows tied to treaty obligations, their waters providing us with space to swim, paddle and fish. Without a doubt the waterways across the country form a key pillar for community, economic, and physical health.

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What I learned as a summer outreach coordinator

What interested me the most about the Summer Outreach position with the Freshwater Alliance was its connection to water. Growing up in the Philippines, I always considered myself as a water ba


by. Not only because my parents taught me how to swim at a very early age, but also because I knew early on that water was very important to me, to my country, but also to our future in this planet.

It is this love that continues to drive the way I experience a connection to water and water issues here in BC.

Having the opportunity to work for the Freshwater Alliance was a very enriching experience. Although my time with this passionate and dedicated team was short, I feel very grateful to have been given the time to work under the expertise of the CFA team.

While I had some previous experience in working with both event organizing and environmental sustainability groups, my role as the Summer Outreach Coordinator definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. The independence that I was given to plan, organize and coordinate events was, at first, daunting. But this feeling was quickly replaced by love and support as I began to know more about the CFA team. In getting to know Coree, Christine, Lindsay, Raj and Elani, I got to know the true spirit of the Alliance - one that is driven by passion, hard work and dedication. This community of leaders was a motivating force and helped me push past my apprehensions and learn to be comfortable in my passion for sustainability.

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