October 2021 Newsletter

Is October anyone else's favourite month? With the cooler weather, fall colours and seasonal changes taking place in our local watersheds, we can't help but feel enamoured with the most spooky time of year.

But no ghosts, goblins or ghoulish distractions have been able to slow our team down. From leading planting events to getting folks out and exploring the lakes and rivers in their own backyards, it's been a busy month, as you'll see in all the updates below!

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

P.S. We would be really grateful if you could chip in $5/month to help support our work. We will invest every single dollar into securing the health of Canada's fresh water sources, now and forever. Thank you.

Water News

Getting Muddy: Wetland Restoration Work in Action

A restoration site in Leamington, Ontario recently brought us a bit of mud, a ton of lessons, and a unique hands-on opportunity to appreciate just how important wetlands are for watershed health! Read more.

The 2021 Antler River Race

We recently held the second annual Antler River Race, our social media-based scavenger hunt that takes place on the banks of the Thames/Antler River in Ontario. Missed the fun? Check out all the highlights here!

Saving Salmon: Pole Seining in Parksville

"Three or four hundred salmon fry may not sound like a lot to some, but a returning adult Coho can lay as many 4,500 eggs and with salmon stocks in the Salish Sea suffering, every rescued fry is a glimmer of hope for the future."

Find out how a small group of volunteers are making a big difference for wild salmon on Vancouver Island -- and how you can too.

This is the final installment in a three-part series. Read the first installment here and the second installment here.

Canada's Freshwater Monsters

With Halloween nearly upon us, we've rounded up four of the scariest creatures that can be found haunting Canada's freshwater lakes and rivers. Check out our list... if you dare!

Freshwater Resources

Water Conversations, Episode 3: What does it mean for water? A post-federal election discussion.

We are excited to be co-hosting this conversation! Register now to join us on October 21st from 1-3pm ET. This session will focus on coordinating efforts to ensure federal attention and investment is made toward significantly improving the health of all waters. Participants will get an update on what is anticipated from the current federal government, learn about an emerging national coalition, and discuss potential collective priorities and actions.

Help document the salmon spawn in BC with #SalmonSpawnWatch!

Watershed Watch Salmon Society needs your help to build a picture of what is happening with salmon around the province.

It's easy to join! When you see salmon spawning, take some photos or video and share on social media with the date, location and hashtag #SalmonSpawnWatch.

Best of all? Every #SalmonSpawnWatch participant will be entered in a draw to win a fabulous 2-person, 3-day, all-inclusive experience at REO Rafting Resort, worth over $1,300! Learn more at watershedwatch.ca.

Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters is looking for members!

The newly formed Canadian Coalition for Healthy Waters (CCHW) is a non-partisan coalition of organizations advocating for strong and appropriate federal government leadership and policy to support the health of fresh water across Canada.

The CCHW is currently advocating for three actions from the federal government:

  • Build a robust Canada Water Agency
  • Renew the over 50-year-old Canada Water Act
  • Create a Canada Water Fund to invest $225 million a year in the health of waters in Canada

Add your voice at healthywaterscoalition.ca.

2022 Land Awards: Call for Nominations

Know of a project or person that exemplifies big ideas and bold leadership in sustainable land use and real estate in BC? Nominations are now open for the 2022 Land Awards.

The Land Awards were created by the Real Estate Foundation of BC in 2010 to highlight and celebrate excellence in sustainable land use. The awards recognize outstanding projects and standout leaders that work to protect the lands and waters we love, and create welcoming, inclusive, and socially just communities across BC.

Learn more and submit a nomination at landawards.com. The deadline for nominations is November 5, 2021.