Act Now: No Waters Left Behind

In 2012, changes to federal laws protecting navigable waters stripped oversight for developments on 99% of lakes and rivers. In February 2018, Bill C-69 proposed changes to the Navigation Protection Act. While an improvement, the Act stops short of restoring lost legal protections for all navigable waters. Make sure the call is heard that people across Canada want: no waters left behind

 

 

No Waters Left Behind

The federal Government has proposed a fix to the Navigation Protection Act in Bill C-69 but comes short of restoring lost legal protections. By defending your right to navigate Canadian waters, you help protect the flow of waters.  

Write a letter to your local papers to show that people in your community want the environmental, social, and cultural value of ALL navigable waters protected! Make sure your home waters, lakes, and rivers aren’t left behind.

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The Canadian Navigable Waters Act flows through parliament

 

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance has been busy tracking Bill C-69 through parliament. Together with you, we proposed amendments that would strengthen the protection of navigable waters in Canada. Today, Bill C-69 - which includes the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, passed third reading in the House of Commons. The legislation still needs to pass the Senate before the law can take force.

Significant effort was made to strike a balance that would restore and modernize the Act. The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development worked until midnight on the final day of clause-by-clause to vote through amendments in late May. Unfortunately, many amendments not accepted by the committee could have strengthened the Act considerably.

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Water Rangers Does Citizen Science

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The world of citizen science is exploding.

Increasingly, governments, non-profit organizations, and research institutions are realizing the potential of citizens to help close data gaps when it comes to measuring and monitoring environmental health and change.

As more and more community members take up the task of citizen science, there are many challenges. Questions like:

  • How can we store data?
  • How can we share data and ensure its accessible and utilized?
  • How can we ensure data are robust?   
  • How can we ensure the instruments we use to measure parameters are both accessible and of good quality?

Water Rangers has been working to address some of these questions.

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#nofilterH2O: Getting real about water this summer

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Often, social media is used to project the best of times. You could argue that we’ve been so good at sharing our most prized moments that, at least in the social media world, we’ve lost touch with the reality that some moments are just not that glorious.

And yet, we crave honesty and realness, maybe that’s why we see hashtags like #nofilter and #nomakeup gaining currency on our Instagram feeds. We value the courage in sharing realness, precisely because it is not pretending to be flawless; precisely because it is rare.

#nofilterH2O

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Nahanni River of Forgiveness: An epic journey, a story of reconnection and reconciliation

This piece is a guest blog by Geoff Bowie, director and co-producer of the Nahanni River of Forgiveness Documentary. The Nahanni River currently lacks protections as a navigable water that is excluded from the schedule of the Navigation Protection Act. 

 

A large hand-made boat of moose skin and spruce surges through the white water of the Nahanni River in Canada’s Northwest Territories.  Dene men and women work the oars and rudder, remaking a historic journey through a wild and sacred landscape. Nahanni River of Forgiveness is about climbing out of the ashes of colonialism to build a bonfire of hope for equality, respect, and protection of the earth.

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Groundwater dis-contents: BC water savings could dry up

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Before you make a big purchase, you want to know how much money is in your bank account (I hope it’s flush in there). Groundwater is like an underground bank account, yet we currently manage it with a blindfold on. We lack a full understanding of how much we have or how withdrawals affect the health of our surface rivers, lakes and streams.

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