By Anwen Rees, LLC Program Assistant Field season has officially started! As a new member of the Living Lakes Canada (LLC) team, I have been patiently anticipating the opportunity to get out of [...]
Collaborating to protect water in a changing climate
Living Lakes Canada has been leading water stewardship initiatives in the Columbia River Basin and across Canada for over two decades. We have supported national initiatives and worked on specific projects in Alberta, Yukon, Ontario and throughout British Columbia, including the Columbia Basin watershed where we are based.
We respectfully acknowledge our water stewardship work originated in the unceded traditional territories of the Ktunaxa, Lheidli T’enneh, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Nations who have stewarded these lands for generations.
We work to protect all water bodies in Canada’s watersheds.
The hub of our programs is the Columbia Basin, located in southeastern BC adjacent to the US border.
A number of our programs have expanded to include other parts of BC.
We are also involved in projects, programs and initiatives Canada-wide.
Living Lakes Canada is affiliated with Living Lakes International, a global network of over 120 organizations working to mitigate climate impacts on some of the most ecologically rich lakes, rivers, and wetlands around the world.
Living Lakes Canada has facilitated the development of the Columbia Basin Water Hub open source database to house all water-related data for the Canadian Columbia Basin. It is also the official platform for all federal FIMP data.
National Lake Blitz
The Living Lakes Canada National Lake Blitz Project was born out of the continuing need to help Canadians understand climate change impacts on the health of our rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, and groundwater.
Columbia Basin Water Hub
Location: British Columbia
The Columbia Basin Water Hub is a central platform where water data is easily accessible to anyone who needs it, whether they are a high-level decision maker, a researcher, or a member of the public wanting to learn more about their watershed. Through this database, a range of datasets, including water quantity and quality, groundwater levels, wetland monitoring, snow surveys, glacier studies, reports, images and various other forms of knowledge are available.
Eastern Slopes Community-Based Aquatic Monitoring Collaborative
Living Lakes Canada has launched a community-based aquatic monitoring program across the Eastern Slopes as a 3-year pilot. During this program, LLC will be working r to develop a community-based water monitoring (CBWM) program for the Eastern Slopes.
As we experience increasingly complex environmental changes, our ecosystems—the very foundation of healthy, productive societies—are being impacted in unprecedented ways.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across the country understand this and are focusing on watersheds to collect much needed information to track and respond to changes as they happen. This groundswell in community-based monitoring is a powerful way to achieve effective resource management and stewardship practices tailored to local conditions to keep pace with rapid environmental change.
Living Lakes Canada’s science-driven community-based water monitoring, assessment and restoration programs aim to normalize water stewardship and empower Canadians to protect their threatened fresh water resources.
We facilitate collaboration in education, monitoring, restoration and policy development initiatives for the long-term protection of Canada’s lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds impacted by climate risk. Our mandate is to help Canadians understand, adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change to water quality and quantity, biodiversity and healthy human communities through grassroots water stewardship activities.
This water knowledge is necessary to support informed water allocation decisions for community decision makers who will be required to address diminished water supply and flood impacts.
We work closely with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community groups, merging Western Science with Traditional Knowledge for the protection of Canadas’ freshwater supply.
Through our on-the-ground initiatives, we work to develop best practices that are used to inform policy at all levels of government.
Our water stewardship work has been recognized by the Federal government as a best practices example in Community-based ecological monitoring and LLC was awarded the inaugural Land Award by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Water Hero award from WWF Canada, and named Water’s Next by Water Canada Magazine. Our technical advisory board includes some of Canada’s foremost water scientists and advocates.