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.
Raegan grew up on the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, nestled in the Alberta foothills. She received her BSc. from the University of Calgary in Environmental Science, Biology concentration, has a certificate in Aboriginal Relations Leadership and is a CABIN certified Program Manager and Trainer. She has worked with the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, and grassroots environmental organization Wildsight to help support their local water programs. She currently resides in Squamish, BC.
Bob Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals.
In his work Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues. To this end, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. Bob is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. He is also a member of Canada’s Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto.
Bob is also the author, co-author or editor of more than thirty books including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice; Saving Lake Winnipeg; Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada; and The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer.
Having recently moved to the Columbia Basin and residing in Nelson, Hydrometric Technologist Rory Gallaugher, AScT. is jumping into the deep end of all things water monitoring. His background in water quantity, quality, and meteorological monitoring lends well to LLC’s current work to facilitate the development of a community-based monitoring network and open source database to help address water data gaps in the Columbia Basin. Put simply, Rory’s current role with LLC is to develop a hydrologic monitoring network supported by a database that will allow the monitoring initiative to address these data gaps.
Rory’s previous professional experience includes working for the provincial government, civil engineering consulting firms and NGOs on hydrology and energy projects. His education includes a diploma in Environment Technology and a degree in Environmental Engineering Technology.
Rory is putting in time enjoying the Kootenays to their fullest. Snowboarding, XC skiing and sailing are what he can be found doing most often on the weekend.
FIM Project Manager
Ryan recently joined the LLC team as Acting Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) Program manager. He brings a wealth of project management and technical experience gained from working in the consulting world, for industry, and in government. Ryan holds a Master’s degree in science from Simon Fraser University and is a Registered Professional Biologist. He’s also a certified commercial diver, stats and data lover, and part-time blogger. Ryan lives in Nelson with his wife and three-year-old daughter.
Samuel is a watershed enthusiast living in Nelson, BC. He is a registered professional engineer specializing in water resources engineering, and he is completing a Master’s in Watershed Sciences, specializing in fluvial geomorphology. Samuel has a diverse range of technical skillsets that he has applied to governmental, non-profit and private projects. He is passionate about collaborative watershed management and using data to inform decision making. Samuel has extensive experience collecting stream and groundwater data for environmental monitoring and engineering design purposes, including hydrologic/geomorphic impact assessments, flood modelling and stream restoration design. Samuel plays a technical role on Living Lakes Canada projects, and also enjoys participating in workshops and outreach events.
Tom Dance has more than 35 years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist (both physical and contaminant or chemical hydrogeology). Most of his professional career has been spent working in Western Canada and he is familiar with the geologic and hydrogeologic conditions within the Western Canada sedimentary basin from the Cambrian through to the Quaternary and Recent geologic ages and throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
As a senior consultant and principal consultant for three consulting firms, Tom has a broad range of management experience and leadership skills developed on projects ranging from a few thousand to many hundreds of thousands of dollars in scope and within the regulatory requirements that apply to the petroleum exploration and production, petrochemical, mining and water resources industries.
Since entering partial retirement, Tom has assisted several organizations on a part time basis with expert advice on geology, hydrogeology and contaminant hydrology either for siting of engineered facilities, water resource development, management of storm water, groundwater remediation or development of compliance water quality monitoring programs.
FIM Project Manager
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