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

About Us

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.

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Featured Project

CABIN, STREAM & DNA metabarcoding

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 […]

Projects

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.

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.

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Recent News

Columbia Basin Water Collaborative taking shape

By Avery Deboer-Smith (Living Lakes Canada Program Coordinator) and Rory Gallaugher (Living Lakes Canada Hydrometric Technologist) On June 18th, the Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative’s Steering Committee met in Nelson, BC to provide feedback and guidance on the monitoring framework. The […]

Lake foreshore preservation success through SHIM

  Last month, the B.C. Government turned down a proposal for a 90-berth moorage facility on Lake Windermere in the East Kootenay. Local newspaper The Columbia Valley Pioneer reported four reasons for the decision: The first was unmitigated environmental concerns: […]

2019 Nelson CABIN field practicum largest training yet

  Living Lakes Canada (LLC) delivered its first CABIN training course of the 2019 field season in Nelson on June 12-13 using an adapted CABIN protocol to include eDNA analysis. The collection of eDNA from rivers across Canada is part […]

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