February 2022 Newsletter

We have a lot to share this month - freshwater resources in honour of Black History Month, new podcast episodes on BC's climate, an opportunity for youth to showcase their creativity and more, so I'll keep this intro brief and just say: thank you.

Thank you for being a part of this community and caring about the freshwater that sustains us all. We're so grateful you're here.

~ Kelly, on behalf of the Freshwater Alliance Team

(Danielle, Melissa, Raj & Kelly)

Actions, Announcements & Events

Listen to Season 2 of the Freshwater Stream podcast

Season 2 of our podcast just launched and we're already tackling some of BC's most pressing water issues: from rethinking flood management to the potential groundwater crisis ahead.

Listen to the Freshwater Stream here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Calling all artists, photographers, and writers ages 5-25 🎨

Share your love of water and submit your work to Ripples - an art zine created by youth! Submissions are open until March 5th. More details & submission form here.

Beading A New World: ​A Collective Climate Accountability and Adaptation Project (CCAAP)

Join us on March 22nd for a free talk by our Steering Committee Member Dënë Cheecham-Uhrich in celebration of World Water Day. Registration info coming soon!

Welcoming Katherine Finn to our Steering Committee

We are thrilled to welcome Katherine Finn from the North Saskatchewan River Basin Council to our growing Steering Committee. Learn more about Katherine's connection with water.

Freshwater News

New interview with Lake Erie Challenge organizers & athletes

Recommended reading! Learn how we're working together to celebrate Lake Erie and protect its health from threats like toxic algal blooms.

Click here for the full article.

Protecting BC's Watersheds - CBC Radio

In case you missed the big news in late January: BC's government announced that it's developing the province's first Watershed Security Strategy and Fund.

Looking for a good, quick breakdown of what “watershed security” is and why this new strategy is so important? Have a listen!

Freshwater Resources

Black History Month: The Detroit River's role in the Underground Railroad

The Detroit River connects Canada and the US and served as a crossing point to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Water from the Detroit River was also used to build Sandwich First Baptist Church, one of the oldest Black churches in Canada and another vital part of the Railroad for people seeking freedom from slavery:

  • Read about Underground Railroad Journeys across the Detroit River as told by Irene Moore Davis
  • Watch this interview with Lana Talbot, heritage coordinator for Sandwich First Baptist Church to learn about the church's significant role in Canada's history & future, and how you can donate to the planned Underground Railroad Museum
  • Listen to Natasha Henry, president of the Ontario Black History Society discuss the importance of centring Black lives & understanding the province's Black history beyond the Underground Railroad


Freshwater Feature - Submit Your Photo

Do you follow us on Facebook or Instagram? Every Friday we post a #FreshwaterFeature that celebrates a freshwater spot somewhere throughout Canada!

If you have a photo that would be a great feature, we would love to see it. Simply email it to us at [email protected], along with a short description.


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?