Recent Freshwater Alliance Posts

Monitoring for Lake Health: A Case Study



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


In solidarity,





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Communicating for Social Change: Lessons from Chile’s “No” Campaign



In the wake of the recent presidential inauguration south of the border and subsequent, record-breaking global mobilizations in protest of the new president’s policies, I’ve been thinking a lot about social change. Why are some people compelled to take action to address injustices? Why aren’t others?

In 1988, progressives in Chile were also struggling with this question. This piece examines some lessons learned from the campaign to overturn dictator Augosto Pinochet’s rule, and how they might be applied in our own social change work.





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Farming on wet lands: One farmer's journey

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance's new blog series, Freshwater Focus, profiles individuals and organizations that have undertaken interesting and creative projects that benefit our freshwater.

As our first post in the series, read about one farmer's mission to become more resilient and sustainable in a changing climate.

E-mail if you have a case study you would like to have profiled on the blog.


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Final days to input on Fisheries Act changes

Fisheries and Oceans Canada want to hear from you. They are soliciting public comments through an online consultation forum -- but it’s only open until November 25th!

Let’s Talk Fish Habitat is an interactive forum where you can add your ideas, rate existing ideas AND contribute to discussions on how to best strengthen the Fisheries Act.
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