Collaborating to protect water

in a changing climate

We build capacity through community-based water monitoring to help address climate impacts. We promote and facilitate cross-sector collaboration and research to increase water literacy, and support progressive decision-making for improved water stewardship.

Our successful leadership and stewardship templates have supported the creation of many other grassroots water stewardship groups. Living Lakes Canada has received multiple water stewardship awards, and has been recognized by the federal government as a “best practices” example in community-based ecological monitoring in Canada.

Living Lakes Canada is the recipient of two 2017 Water’s Next Awards (Water Steward of the Year and Non-Government Organization Winner), and was featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Water Canada magazine for work as one of Canada’s top water stewards.

Living Lakes Canada is a registered charity and affiliated with German-based Global Nature Fund’s Living Lakes International, a global network of organizations that share the same mission: to enhance, protect, restore and rehabilitate freshwater areas around the globe.

Our Team

Paul Bauman


Paul Saso

Program Hydrologist

Prudence-Elise Breton

Admin Director

R. Allen Curry


Raegan Mallinson

Program Manager

Richard Johnson


Robert Sandford


Ryan Cloutier

Program Manager

Collaborations and Partnerships

Living Lakes national networks have been developed in China, Italy and Germany, and regional networks have been established for Eastern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Africa.

These networks promote cooperation among groups striving to protect their lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds, and support projects in the field of eco-tourism, organic agriculture, sustainable fisheries, renewable energy, protection and preservation of biodiversity and community development.

Freshwater organizations in Canada are invited to join Living Lakes Canada to link science with action, to foster citizen-based water stewardship, and to help understand and appreciate the intimate connections between watershed stewardship, water quality, resource sustainability, climate change and biodiversity.

We work with the following organizations:

  • Global Nature Fund
  • Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Environment Canada
  • Canadian Water Network
  • University of Waterloo Water Policy and Governance Group
  • Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Freshwater Advisory
  • WWF Canada
  • Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
  • POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
  • Waterlution
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Western Watersheds Research Collaborative
  • Columbia Basin Watershed Network
  • Kootenay Lake Partnership
  • UN Water For Life Decade Canada
  • SFU-ACT (Action Climate Team)
  • Canadian Freshwater Alliance
  • Canadian Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission
  • Selkirk College
  • Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
  • Columbia Basin Trust

Connecting Science to Action

Through the Living Lakes Canada network, organizations connect to collaborate in the monitoring, protection, restoration and policy development for long-term protection of Canada’s water bodies. We focus on watershed protection through the following areas:

  • Citizen science and Community-based watershed monitoring (CBM)
  • Innovative policy and management planning
  • Protection of sensitive or critical freshwater ecosystems
  • Watershed awareness and stewardship education
  • Sustainable water use
  • Restoration of degraded watersheds

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