Resources

The Database Matrix: Choosing a Contact Management System

Jan 15, 2019

This 7-part series walks through how to chose a contact management system that makes sense for you to maximize digital and on-the-ground engagement.

Beating Facebook's Algorithms

Jan 15, 2019

How can we work with Facebook's algorithms to maximize engagement and visibility of our posts?

Getting it Right: A Communications Toolkit

Jan 16, 2019

A toolkit to help us strengthen the way we speak about the water challenges in British Columbia to our friends and family, elected officials and the media.

7 Ways to Honour a Long Tradition of Stewardship

Jan 16, 2019

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we wanted to acknowledge a long and living tradition of First Nations stewardship and leadership for waters.

Luvvie on Storytelling

Jan 16, 2019

At the 2018 Non-Profit Technology Conference, communications guru Luvvie Ajayi shared five tips on how to be a better storyteller.

Engagement Organizing Checklist

Jan 16, 2019

Are you trying to up the effectiveness and impact of your engagement and volunteer initiatives? Here’s a handy checklist!

Shooting Blind: Why You Need a Theory of Change

Jan 16, 2019

How a Theory of Change can help your organization to be more strategic in achieving its goals.

Seeing is Believing: A Guide to Visual Storytelling

Jan 16, 2019

This guide from Resource Media explains why images matter more than ever, and how to incorporate them into an effective communications strategy.

Five tips for effective list-building

Jan 16, 2019

Lists are just data. It's the people who are on the list who really matter.

Getting off the Frack Track

Feb 20, 2015

In 2014, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick joined Quebec in halting hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. What were the key strategies of the anti-fracking campaigns?

Citizen Scientists Find Phosphorous Hotspots around Manitoba

Dec 11, 2018

In Southern Manitoba, citizen scientists have been collecting water samples to to shed light on phosphorous pollution.

Monitoring for Lake Health

Jan 09, 2019

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors have engaged volunteers to measure and monitor the lake for 11 years. This piece describes the program and lessons learned.

Does Organizing Make a Difference? The Vote for Water Campaign and BC's Election

Jan 09, 2019

A look at how engagement efforts of environmental organizations may have influenced the 2017 provincial election in BC.

The Art of Reframing: The Social Life of Water exhibition

Jan 09, 2019

A look at how a museum exhibition in the Okanagan, BC used art and storytelling to challenge dominant water narratives in the semi-arid valley.

Farming on Wet Lands: One Farmer's Journey

Jan 09, 2019

How one farmer is trying to work with the landscape by constructing wetlands on her farm.

Of Aquifers and Uncertainty: Sustainable Water Use in Twin Lakes, BC

Jan 16, 2019

One woman's mission to protect a vulnerable aquifer from being taxed.

The Salt Spring Island FreshWater Catalogue

Feb 19, 2019

The Salt Spring Island Preservation Society's FreshWater Catalogue is mobilizing volunteers to help fill important water knowledge gaps on the Island.

Stormwater Scorecard: How communities in Canada are addressing stormwater runoff

Jan 16, 2019

Results from the stormwater scorecard survey, completed by representatives from 30 communities across the country in summer of 2017.

Freshwater Insights: National Opinion Polling

Jan 16, 2019

Results of a nation-wide poll on freshwater opinions and attitudes conducted in August 2013.

BC Freshwater Opinion Polling

Jan 16, 2019

In the summer of 2018, British Columbians were asked their opinion on major freshwater issues like the potential for water crises, industrial water rates, and current water policies.

Water Sustainability and the City

Jan 16, 2019

A report outlining findings from research with local government on challenges to urban water sustainability and legal and policy solutions (from Dec 2017).

Great Lakes Need Great Laws

Jan 16, 2019

By the Forum on Leadership in Water (FLOW) to the federal Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on its Review of Changes to the Fisheries Act (from Nov 2016)

Full Spectrum Engagement

Jan 22, 2019

A guide by New/Mode on field-tested strategy for activating grassroots power, targeting decision makers and moving them do the right thing.

Protecting Water Our Way: First Nations and Water Governance in BC

Jan 22, 2019

A report by the First Nations Fisheries Council on First Nations-led initiatives to protect fresh water in BC.

Building Momentum: How to Activate Supporters Ahead of Your Next Election

Jan 22, 2019

This guide by New/Mode is provides actionable steps to activate your network to get supporters to actively engage with your message or cause.

Optimizing Wastewater in the Grand River watershed

Dec 11, 2018

Wastewater effluent is a key driver of algae-causing nutrient pollution in lakes, rivers and streams. The Grand River Conservation Authority is working to address that.

Achieving Target 1 webinar

Dec 11, 2018

How can we achieve Target 1 of Canada's Biodiversity Strategy to protect 17% of land and freshwater by 2020? Find out at this free webinar with guest speakers Stephen Hazell and Eli Enns.

Engaging the Persuadables Intro Series

Dec 11, 2018

How can we engage our communities to defend our freshwater? Learn some tips and tricks in this free intro series.

Global Water Futures

Dec 11, 2018

Learn how GWF is working with hundreds of researchers to deliver watershed management solutions in cold-weather regions impacted by climate change. 

Reforming Canada's Environmental Laws

Mar 23, 2018

In March 2018, the Federal Government reformed major environmental laws, proposing changes to how land, water and species are protected in Canada. But do they go far enough?

Downstream Impacts: Defending Wood Buffalo National Park

Dec 17, 2017

WBNP is an important cultural, spiritual and ecological site. But upstream industrial projects are putting this UNESCO biosphere under threat.

Rights of Rivers

Jun 06, 2017

In New Zealand, India and Ecuador, rivers have been granted legal personhood. What does it mean for a water body to gain human rights? How might we go about doing this in Canada?

Community-Based Watershed Monitoring: Insights and lessons learned

Mar 17, 2018

In this webinar, we explore opportunities and challenges related to community-based watershed monitoring in British Columbia.

Building Climate Resilience at Water's Edge

Dec 11, 2018

Longtime U.S. environmental leader Rebecca Wodder shares her vision for adapting to climate threats by building natural and social capital via freshwater work.

Federal Call to Action on Freshwater

Aug 20, 2015

Our Living Waters director and steering committee member present the launch of a call to action to put water on the agenda of the next government of Canada.

The Commons Connection

May 21, 2015

Paul Baines of Great Lakes Commons shares what a "commons" approach to water has to offer

How New Brunswick Got off the Frack Track

Dec 11, 2018

In 2014, the province of New Brunswick issued a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. This webinar looks at how concerns over freshwater health were central to community mobilizations.

Wetlands: From Science to Action

Jan 16, 2019

Wetlands are an essential part of aquatic ecosystems. They filter runoff, improving water quality, and absorb excess quantity. But not all wetlands are created the same.

The Site C Dam: What’s going on and what can you do?

Apr 21, 2016

How are local communities organizing to respond to the contentious Site C hydroelectric dam in BC and how the freshwater community support.

Banding Together to Save Salmon in the Skeena Watershed

Jan 16, 2016

A behind-the-scenes look at alliance-building to stop the Lelu Island natural gas facility from threatening wild salmon in northwestern BC.

Watershed Reports: A National Assessment of Freshwater in Canada

Feb 26, 2019

WWF Canada presents the results of their national Watershed Reports—the first Canada-wide report on health of freshwater ecosystems and the threats they face.

How Fort Nelson First Nation successfully challenged Nexen

Dec 12, 2015

In September 2015, the British Columbia government took back a water license it had granted to Nexen Inc in 2012 for shale gas fracking in the northeast of the province.

Greening Winter: Green Infrastructure to Manage Snow, Ice and Melt

Mar 28, 2019

How can green stormwater infrastructure be designed and maintained for snow, ice & melt? Guest speakers shared insights at this first Fresh Ideas of 2019.

Winning the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Signup

Jun 17, 2019

Find out how Toledo, OH became the first place in North America to pass a 'rights of nature' measure at the ballot box on this free webinar about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.

Floods in Canada: On the Rise

Jan 09, 2019

Major flood events in Canada have been steadily increasing over the past century. This piece takes a look at floods in Canada.

Local Governments & Freshwater Protection

Jan 09, 2019

Resources that help break down the role of municipal governments in protecting freshwater and how we can engage them to be freshwater leaders.