January 2022

The winter solstice has passed, the days are getting longer again, and the team here at the Freshwater Alliance is back from our brief rest to take on 2022.

Many of our favourite freshwater destinations are currently in their winter forms - covered in sheets of ice, bordered by snow, and showcasing a different side of their charms.

I hope you've been able to enjoy some of those winter charms, whatever they may look like in your corner of the country. But if the frosty weather isn't your cup of tea that's perfectly fine - brew up a different one & enjoy it while reading some freshwater news below.

~ Kelly, on behalf of the Freshwater Alliance Team

(Danielle, Melissa, Raj & Kelly)

Actions, Announcements & Events

Vote for us! - ECO Awards

We’re excited to share that the Lake Erie Challenge is a finalist for ECO Canada’s Community Impact Award!

Watch the Freshwater Alliance video and vote at the bottom of this page. Help us celebrate Lake Erie and the amazing community protecting it!


Welcoming Dënë & Melissa to our Steering Committee

We are thrilled to announce that we have two new members joining our steering committee and helping guide our work: Dënë Cheecham-Uhrich & Melissa Dick.

Click on their names above to read their bios and learn more about their connection with freshwater.

Freshwater News

B.C. water protection must be a top public policy priority

Last year's devastating floods reminded us once again that water protection has not been treated as the top policy priority it is. Experts Donna Forsyth, Mike Wei, and Ben Parfitt discuss the necessity of strong political leadership and water policy here.

Car tires

The next source of trouble for Great Lakes fish populations might be tires

A tire additive responsible for poisoning salmon in Seattle creeks has now been discovered in two Toronto waterways. "There are so many chemicals in tires, and we don't know how they break down and where they end up" - Cassandra Johannessen, environmental chemist.

Read the full article here.

Freshwater Resources

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The Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds (MGROW) is hosting a stop of the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 30th

Enjoy 14 films that celebrate nature and support our neighbours at MGROW from your own home. Learn more & register here.

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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?