Living Waters Rally 2016

Mark your calendars -- September 27-30, 2016!  Living Waters Rally 2016 registration is now open!.

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Public input requested on reforming Canada’s environmental laws

Over the summer of 2016, the Government of Canada has called for public input on the laws and processes that govern freshwater protection.

Leaders across Canada’s freshwater community believe we can do much more to protect the health of Canada’s waters.

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Lake Erie algal bloom forecast: not a cause for celebration

Earlier today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted a mild to moderate algae season in the western Lake Erie basin this year, which typically lasts from July through mid-October. The forecast was announced this morning at a briefing at Ohio Sea Grant's Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island. Environmental and conservation groups issued the following statement in reaction to the forecast announcement:

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Of Aquifers and Uncertainty: Sustainable Water Use in Twin Lakes, BC

Tucked within the mountains of the southern Okanagan basin sit a pair of small upland lakes, called the Twin Lakes. Two small mountain streams, Bear Creek and Horn Creek, supply the lakes with their source water. These snowfed streams wind their way down to the lakes through a deep gully that they have carved out in the surrounding volcanic bedrock over millennia.


I went to see Twin Lakes for myself a few weeks ago, with local Carol Brown as my guide. She greets me with eager enthusiasm when I arrive, a little later than expected. “We only have another couple hours of daylight, so we better get going,” she exclaims.

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Excitement Building for LWR16

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Opening evening at the Musqueam Cultural Centre featuring famed water walker Josephine Mandamin and UBC's freshwater researcher extraordinaire Karen Bakker. Strategic discussions around key challenges and opportunities for our movement. Freshwater pecha kucha evening. Capacity-building sessions. Regional caucuses. The first-ever Living Waters ChallengeCase studies. Field trips.

These are among the things awaiting you at Living Waters Rally 2016, the biennial gathering of Canada's freshwater community happening Sept 27-30 in Vancouver. Not convinced? Check out why these amazing freshwater leaders are so excited for LWR16:

 

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Fighting for the Flow: Local Community Response to the Site C Dam

 The Peace River Valley before and after clearing forest for Site C.

 

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 21st at 11am PT/ 2pm ET about how local communities are organizing to respond to the contentious Site C hydroelectric dam in northeastern BC, and what the freshwater community can do to support these initiatives.

Speakers on the hour-long webinar include Andrea Morison, coordinator of the Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA); Helen Knott, a local Dane Zaa/Cree writer and activist; and Rob Botterell, a lawyer who is well versed about the many lawsuits before the courts.

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