Collaborating to protect water
in a changing climate
We build capacity through community-based water monitoring to help address climate impacts. We promote and facilitate cross-sector collaboration and research to increase water literacy, and support progressive decision-making for improved water stewardship.
Our successful leadership and stewardship templates have supported the creation of many other grassroots water stewardship groups. Living Lakes Canada has received multiple water stewardship awards, and has been recognized by the federal government as a “best practices” example in community-based ecological monitoring in Canada.
Living Lakes Canada is the recipient of two 2017 Water’s Next Awards (Water Steward of the Year and Non-Government Organization Winner), and was featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Water Canada magazine for work as one of Canada’s top water stewards.
Living Lakes Canada is a registered charity and affiliated with German-based Global Nature Fund’s Living Lakes International, a global network of organizations that share the same mission: to enhance, protect, restore and rehabilitate freshwater areas around the globe.
Living Lakes Canada’s Administrative Director, Prudence-Elise Breton was born and raised in rural Quebec. She has always been interested in relationships between people and their natural environment. During her undergraduate studies in Social Work at Laval University, Quebec, she did an internship in a remote community helping them to build a development plan with the main objective of protecting their Salmon River as it brought them employment, food security, recreation and spiritual connection with nature.
In 2006, Prudence relocated to Prince George, B.C., to undertake a Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. Her thesis was to examine how sustainability is implemented within EcoVillage at Ithaca (NY), a non-profit educational organization promoting sustainable living and land stewardship. During her studies, she fell in love with the beautiful scenery of British Columbia and was looking for a place to live where people would be ecologically minded. She chose Nelson in 2009. Since then, she has held multiple managerial and coordination positions in the non-profit sector and has been involved with various Boards and steering committees.
Raegan grew up on the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, nestled in the Alberta foothills on Treaty 7 Territory, traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation. She received her BSc. from the University of Calgary in Environmental Science, Biology concentration, has a certificate in Indigenous Relations Leadership and is a Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) certified Program Manager and Trainer. She has worked with stewardship groups, Indigenous communities, academia and environmental consultants across Canada to develop aquatic monitoring with cutting edge genomics technologies to support biodiversity and source water protection. Raegan has also worked internationally in Colombia on watershed stewardship projects. She currently resides in North Vancouver where she enjoys all things mountain life.
Rob is the program assistant for the West Kootenays Groundwater Monitoring Program, primarily installing and calibrating groundwater monitoring systems in addition to training well owners how to use the program’s well monitoring software. Rob graduated from Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning program in 2014 and has been working in the Kootenays on various fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects since.
Ryan recently joined the LLC team as Acting Foreshore Integrated Management Planning (FIMP) program manager. He brings a wealth of project management and technical experience gained from working in the consulting world, for industry, and in government. Ryan holds a Master’s degree in science from Simon Fraser University and is a Registered Professional Biologist. He’s also a certified commercial diver, stats and data lover, and part-time blogger. Ryan lives in Nelson with his wife and three-year-old daughter.
Samuel is a watershed enthusiast living in Nelson, BC. He is a registered professional engineer specializing in water resources engineering, and he is completing a Master’s in Watershed Sciences, specializing in fluvial geomorphology. Samuel has a diverse range of technical skillsets that he has applied to governmental, non-profit and private projects. He is passionate about collaborative watershed management and using data to inform decision making. Samuel has extensive experience collecting stream and groundwater data for environmental monitoring and engineering design purposes, including hydrologic/geomorphic impact assessments, flood modelling and stream restoration design. Samuel plays a technical role on Living Lakes Canada projects, and also enjoys participating in workshops and outreach events.
Santiago grew up in Ecuador, creating a fond love for nature through hiking, camping, and adventuring in the heart of the Andes. Santiago then moved to Toronto, where he gained experience working with people and technology. The call of the mountains and love for nature brought Santiago to British Columbia, where he is working towards a career in environmental science, conservation, and geospatial technology.
Santiago graduated from the Integrated Environmental Planning Technology program at Selkirk College in 2019 and is currently entering his last year of a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems. He is also taking the required courses to one day register as a Professional Biologist in British Columbia. Santiago is passionate about people, nature, and technology, and believes in harmony between them all. As the new Database Manager for Living Lakes Canada, he is excited to combine his passions, and help make a difference in protecting his local, and all watersheds.
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