How Can You Help?

Living Lakes Canada trains citizen scientists in community-based monitoring because citizens are concerned and want to ensure that their lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds remain healthy and that their communities are climate resilient. Citizens want to be involved in the decisions that affect their local watersheds including source water protection, drinking water quality, resource development and sustainable water and land use.

Indigenous communities have been monitoring or “watching the land and water” for generations by collecting observations combined with traditional knowledge passed on from Elders. Both indigenous and non-indigenous community-based water monitoring present enormous and cost-effective opportunities to empower communities to work collaboratively with governments, academia and industry for holistic water management.

If you or your organization are interested in community- based water monitoring training please see the list of workshops Living Lakes Canada is hosting and collaborating on or contact us at

Get Involved

Want to start monitoring in your watershed? Living Lakes Canada offers water monitoring training workshops for streams, lakes and groundwater. We offer participants certification in provincial and federal standardized protocols such as the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN). We provide leadership support for communities setting up water monitoring programs. To inquire about training and community-based water monitoring programs contact us today.

View our News and Events to keep in touch with Living Lakes Canada programs in your area!

Donate to a Cause

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