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Our Water Stewardship
As we experience increasingly complex environmental changes, our ecosystems — the very foundation of healthy, productive societies — are changing in unprecedented ways.
Living Lakes Canada is an award-winning NGO that facilitates collaboration in monitoring, restoration, and policy development initiatives for the long-term protection of Canada’s lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds impacted by climate risk.
We’ve been leading water stewardship initiatives for almost two decades, and have worked on specific projects across Canada and throughout British Columbia, including in the Canadian Columbia Basin watershed where we’re based.
Living Lakes Canada acknowledges that 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.
Yukon Lakes Monitoring Initiative
The overarching objective of the Yukon Lakes Monitoring Initiative is to understand the current and historic lake monitoring efforts and explore the possibility of a coordinated lake monitoring approach in the Yukon.
Applied Reconciliation: Indigenous Partnership Building
Location: British Columbia
Applied Reconciliation refers to our water stewardship actions in Canada’s unceded traditional Territories of Indigenous People.
National Lake Blitz
The goal of the National Lake Blitz* is to encourage the widespread monitoring of lakes across Canada using simple tools so participants can easily understand the impacts of climate change on lakes.
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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.