Living Lakes Canada

When it comes to water and healthy watersheds that sustain all life, we have to think big. That is why we are working together to shift an entire paradigm—empowering communities to take care of the water central to their lives.

In 2010, with the participation of Global Nature Fund and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Wildsight launched Living Lakes Canada (LLC). Living Lakes, Wildsight’s water program, focuses on empowering ordinary people to take care of the water they depend on. We train stewardship groups in the Columbia Basin and beyond to monitor the water in their beloved lakes, rivers and streams, we connect their data to academic research and use it to form recommendations to guide policy.

Living Lakes Canada is part of Living Lakes International, a global network of non-government associations that share the mission to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, rivers, wetlands and watersheds throughout the world.

Water_Photo by Heather Lescheid

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:

  • Innovative policy and management planning
  • Protection of sensitive or critical freshwater ecosystems
  • Watershed awareness and stewardship education
  • Community-based watershed monitoring
  • Sustainable water use
  • Restoration of degraded watersheds

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