December 2021 Newsletter

We don’t need to remind you that this year has been a rollercoaster at times, but it's also contained countless reminders of the power of community and the necessity of healthy and protected freshwater.

Through our community events across BC's watersheds and around the Lake Erie region, hundreds of individuals including you have shown us again and again that you care deeply about our communities and the water that sustains us.

Keep reading below for our final news and announcements roundup of 2021, including a link to millions (!) of open-access water testing results for the Great Lakes and experts' suggestions for BC's path forward.

We wish you and your loved ones a safe, restful, and rejuvenating season. We look forward to 2022 with hope and drive.

~ Kelly, on behalf of the Freshwater Alliance Team
(Danielle, Melissa, Raj, Ashley & Kelly)

P.S. This will be Ashley's last sign-off for a while as she is going on maternity leave in the new year! We wish her all the best on her exciting new journey and look forward to welcoming her back to the team in 2023.

Actions, Announcements & Events

The Lake Erie Challenge has been nominated for ECO Canada's Community Impact Award

This annual award recognizes individuals or groups who have displayed dedication to environmental advocacy - and we can absolutely confirm that our athletes and partners for this year's Lake Erie Challenge have done just that. If you have a minute to spare, we would appreciate your vote!

Please join us in welcoming Kelly to our team (again)!

You may remember Kelly (pictured here with the Detroit River) originally joined us as an Education Coordinator this past summer. We are excited to announce she will be joining our small but mighty team in 2022 as our Communications & Engagement Coordinator! Learn more about Kelly's connection with her local watershed here.

Steering Committee Updates

Did you know the CFA has a dedicated Steering Committee that helps guide our work?

After 10 long years of dedicated service, Krystyn Tully is stepping down as the Chair and member of our Steering Committee. Kat Kavanaugh will assume the Chair position. Jill Ryan, another long-term member, will step down in March 2022.

Stay tuned -- we will have a few new Steering Committee members to introduce soon!

Freshwater News

BC Watershed Security Coalition urges investment in natural defences

As BC faces critical decisions in the wake of devastating floods, the Coalition (of which the CFA is a Steering Committee member) is calling for greater investment in watershed security. You can learn more about the vital role of healthy, functioning watersheds & the Coalition's calls to action here.

Erb Family Foundation

The Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation just announced $4.9 million in new and ongoing grants for numerous organizations around the Great Lakes basin -- including us! We'd like to sincerely thank the Erb Family Foundation for their continued support helping us protect and restore Lake Erie.

Freshwater Resources

Great Lakes DataStream and millions of water sampling results are now available

Head over to the Gordon Foundation's Great Lakes DataStream hub to explore all of the open-access info. This remarkable resource includes sampling data collected by our incredible Lake Erie Guardians - check out this interview with our own Raj Gill for more details.

Conservation Symposium webinar recordings are available

Between September and December, Latornell hosted a series of informative webinars on the theme of #ConservationMatters. You can check out the webinar recordings now and learn about a range of topics including: watershed management, Indigenous-led land conservation movements, ecological monitoring tools, nature-based climate change solutions and more.


This e-blast was compiled by Kelly, who lives in Windsor, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Three Fires Confederacy comprised of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. This region is also home to the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation and the unceded territory of Caldwell First Nation. Whose traditional territory do you live on?