Did You Know
An estimated 64-71% of natural wetlands in the world have been lost since 1900 as a result of human activity
In Canada, wetlands cover an area of more than 1.2 million square kilometers (14% of Canada’s land areas) this is roughly 25% of the world’s wetlands. Meaning Canada has the largest wetland area in the world
The Mackenzie River is the longest river in Canada at 4,241 kilometres
LLC has trained 586 people in community based water monitoring
Almost 9%, or 891,163 square kilometres, of Canada's total area is covered by freshwater
The St. Lawrence–Great Lakes hydrographic system is one of the largest in the world. It drains more than 25% of the Earth’s freshwater reserves and influences hydrologic processes across much of North America
The entire province of Prince Edward Island uses groundwater to meet their daily water needs.
LLC has been involved with water monitoring projects in 18 watersheds
Great Bear Lake, located in the Northwest Territories is the largest lake in Canada at 31,328 square kilometres
Canadians use an average of 329 litres of water per person, per day
Canadians view climate change as the top threat to freshwater in Canada
LLC has 142 partners around the world
49% of Canadians still view freshwater as Canada’s most important resources'
The agriculture sector is the #1 consumer of water in Canada - only 25% of the water can be returned to its source
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined - approximately 2 million
LLC has supported Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping on 1,610 km of shoreline in 3 provinces
26 percent of Canadians rely on groundwater for domestic use.
Health problems related to water pollution in general are estimated to cost Canadians $300 million per year
Canada has 25% of the world’s fresh surface water
Municipal wastewater discharges represent one of the largest sources of pollutant releases by volume to Canadian waters
Living Lakes Canada bridges the gap between science and action to foster citizen-based water stewardship. Our mandate is to help Canadians understand the intimate connections between water quantity, water quality, land-use, climate change, biodiversity, and healthy human communities by building a water stewardship ethic that all Canadians can be proud of.
Global Nature Fund, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, and Wildsight established Living Lakes Canada in 2010 to unite water stewardship groups throughout the country. These three organizations share the common goal of conserving ecosystems for humans and nature and strive for the protection of lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds.
Living Lakes Canada is part of Living Lakes International, a global network of non-government organizations that share the mission to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds throughout the world. Find out more here: Living Lakes International.Learn More
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is an emerging tool for monitoring present biodiversity. It uses gene sequencing linked to DNA/RNA barcode libraries to allow for faster, more complete profile of biodiversity content from very small samples. Internationally, countries like Australia, the EU […]
Living Lakes Canada delivers programs in 4 core areas: watershed awareness and education; citizen science and stewardship; watershed restoration; and innovative policy approaches for governance, management, and planning. We are a collaboration of community organizations working to build capacity for the effective protection of Canada’s freshwater resources, by bridging the gap between science and action to foster a culture of normalizing water stewardship through citizen science.
Valencia, Spain – May 15, 2019: Members of the Living Lakes Canada team just finished attending a Living Lakes International Conference in Valencia, Spain. This was a powerful experience that provided a valuable opportunity to listen, learn, and share experiences around […]
The “Elevating CBWM in Canada” webinar is an overview of a year-long collaborative initiative designed to celebrate and promote community-based monitoring of freshwater ecosystems in and across Canada. ACCESS THE WEBINAR RECORDING HERE (An audio transcript is also available.) In November […]
New citizen science project gathering STREAM: B.C. students get their feet wet at a DNA metabarcoding demo
By Raegan Mallison, Living Lakes Canada Program Manager A group of students who recently completed their first year in Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program attended a riverbed sample collection for DNA metabarcoding at Pass Creek, outside of Castlegar, B.C. […]