This World Water Day, I want to introduce you to a place very special to me: Long Sault Creek. Because of individual donor support and local community groups, Long Sault Creek was transformed and restored. In total, 60 native tree species were planted, and as they grow, they will provide decades of shade along Long Sault Creek -- coldwater habitat for a naturally-reproducing population of brook trout. I went back to visit this creek last fall and was blown away by the growth of the native ... Read More
Giving Back to Your Freshwater: Using the Natural Edge Program to create a resilient and beautiful shoreline
With summer just a few months away, you may find yourself already planning for upcoming adventures on the lake. Paddling, swimming, wildlife viewing, and fishing are some of the activities you may be looking forward to. Lakes provide many benefits to people: memory-building with family and friends, a connection to culture and traditions, or economic and recreation opportunities. And all of these benefits and activities depend on healthy shorelines. What do you value? Healthy shorelines are ... Read More
Protecting Canada’s Water Quality with Native Plants: My Time at Watersheds Canada
by Chantal Lefevre From a young age, I have spent my summers in lakes and rivers either boating, swimming, or just exploring the environment. My love for nature drove me to explore a career in the environmental field. I started my post secondary learning experience at Fleming College, attaining a diploma as an environmental technician and advanced diploma as an environmental technologist. My quench for knowledge was not satisfied, so I continued my formal education at Trent University, ... Read More
Celebrate World Wetlands Day with these 4 Resilient Shorelines Resources!
Did you know Canada is home to 25% of the world's wetlands? In fact, there are approximately 1.29 million square kilometres of wetlands covering 13% of Canada's terrestrial area! Wetlands are important natural features that provide critical habitat for endangered and at-risk species. They act as spawning grounds for many fish species and offer great nesting, resting, and foraging places for birds and animals. They also play an important role in our global climate by promoting climate change ... Read More
What does the More Homes Built Faster Act (2022) mean for Waterfront Communities?
Ontario’s More Homes Built Faster Act (2022), formerly known as Bill 23, has garnered fierce attention from the public since it was first announced on October 25, 2022, following the Ontario municipal elections. The Bill was made into law only 34 days after it was introduced, leaving many residents still wondering what this means for their communities. The Bill is part of the Ford government’s larger Housing Supply Action Plan aimed at building 1.5 million homes within 10 years. The growth ... Read More
10 Days of Winter Fun!
Each item in this series will help you and your family enjoy nature this winter as you get outside, help local species, try a new activity, and appreciate nature! All of the activities are low barrier and low cost to make them as inclusive as possible. Whether you are a seasoned winter explorer or new to Canadian winters, there are lots of small and fun ways to enjoy this season. Let's get started with Watersheds Canada’s 10 Days of Winter Fun! 1. Making Maple Taffy Maple taffy, or tire ... Read More
May all your Christmases be green
by Robert Pye, Executive Director It’s time for an ugly Christmas sweater and an eggnog mustache smile as we share the holiday cheer with our great friends and supporters of Watersheds Canada. Under many Christmas trees this year are the stunning images of otters, beavers, monarch butterflies, brook trout and wild columbine. These creations by Canadian artists, were delivered from Watersheds Canada, signed with care by our symbolic “gift of nature” givers, and addressed in honour of ... Read More
Choose your own adventure with the Ottawa Faith Community Capacity Building Program
by Jane Pangilinan The Ottawa Faith Community Capacity Building (OFCCB) initiative is a collaboration between Greening Sacred Spaces and Watersheds Canada made to empower six faith communities with the ability to enhance their community, both in the environment and with each other. Bridging the gap between awareness and stewardship, the OFCCB will support and provide the resources needed to develop and lead a local environmental project. The OFFCB will help six faith communities to kickstart ... Read More
Welcoming in the season of giving!
by Jane Pangilinan The season of giving has arrived! As you wonder what to give your friends and family as gifts during the holidays, did you know you can create a positive impact while doing so? A great gift to give is one that gives back to communities. While there are so many deserving organizations, Watersheds Canada is a good candidate for your contributions. We are dedicated to protecting Canada’s freshwater resources through providing education and resources based in the ... Read More
Invasive Aquatic Species: The invaders we can and cannot see
by Christopher Dennison Most lakeshore residents in Ontario have likely heard of at least one aquatic invasive species and the significant threats they pose to freshwater ecosystems. Some are hard to miss. Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) (not currently established in Ontario but at risk of entering the Great Lakes) are known for their propensity to leap metres out of the water in chaotic frenzies. Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are prolific in many of Ontario’s lakes and ... Read More
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