Recent Freshwater Alliance Posts

Luvvie on Storytelling

At the Freshwater Alliance we’ve been talking about telling good stories since our inception. We have also witnessed (and continue to acknowledge) that we are uncomfortable putting ourselves as the focal point of these stories. This week, I have the great privilege to be at the Non-Profit Technology Conference in New Orleans (#18NTC), and will be attempting to blog throughout the conference so that all of you can be here with me -- or at least share in the tips, tools and tech that I’ll be picking up along the way!

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Citizen Scientists Find Phosphorous Hotspots around Manitoba

This case study is was originally published by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation


The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) is a growing network of citizens, scientists and conservation professionals. Since 2016, LWCBM volunteers and staff have been collecting water samples across southern Manitoba using scientifically vetted protocols. Samples are then analyzed in a lab to measure phosphorus concentration and determine the amount of phosphorus being exported off our landscapes.

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The Freshwater Community Speaks: Reporting Back on CFA's Survey

Earlier this year, we asked our freshwater community to fill out a survey so we could learn more about you, what you’re doing, and what kinds of supports will best help you to meet your goals.

We thought we’d report the results of that survey so you too can learn about your freshwater peers and so we can publicly respond to your feedback.

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Hap Wilson: Building Access to Water and Defending an Age-old Human Right

This piece is a guest blog by author, explorer, and trail builder Hap Wilson as part of our series weaving together the cultural, environmental, and historic significance of Canada’s navigable waters.


It is the duty of the federal government to protect the public right of all Canadians to navigate waterways in a fair and transparent manner. This sole authority over navigation is granted under Section 91(10) of the Canadian Constitution.


One hundred years ago, the Privy Council established the “floating canoe” test for navigability -this protected the public's right to navigate any waterway that could literally float a canoe. This definition included not only known navigable waters, but the future use of ‘potential’ waterways.


In 2012, this was all flushed down the toilet in order to placate the avaricious demands of corporate interests. Yet, we were getting it all wrong even before those century-old rules were cut-down behind closed doors.


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Livestock Watering Regulations

The Water Sustainability Act (WSA) came into force on February 29, 2016 with a promising framework to advance healthy, functioning and well-managed watersheds across the province.

For the Act to stand up to the challenges facing B.C. waterways, it needs strong policies and regulations for legs. The Province has been working on this - most recently asking for public input on proposed policy changes to livestock watering practices.

Ranchers rely on accessible water sources and storage for livestock raising operations. To get access to water, ranchers may divert water from streams, build groundwater or reservoir dugouts, or go through a utility. On the other hand, ensuring that agricultural waste is kept out of streams and drinking water sources, that water quality is protected and water quantity reserved for stream flow, are all essential for human and ecosystem health.

So how far do the proposed changes go to improve livestock watering policies for the benefit of aquatic ecosystems, water users, livestock, and the agricultural sector?


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