A recent nature-based restoration project to protect the long-term health of the Muskrat Lake was led by the Muskrat Watershed Council, Watersheds Canada, and community volunteers. Over 12,500 native trees and shrubs were planted, restoring over 12 acres of shoreline habitat adjacent to agricultural and residential lands. “The Natural Edge Program has been actively working with property owners across Renfrew County for several years now. The recent addition of 12,500 native trees and shrubs ... Read More
Natural Edge shoreline restoration program is a finalist for the Water Canada 2023 Awards
Watersheds Canada is pleased to be listed as a finalist for the Water Canada 2023 Awards in the "Conservation" category. This category recognizes a conservation project that uses new technology or a creative approach to effectively manage, conserve, and restore impacted areas. Our Natural Edge shoreline restoration program is a finalist for this category alongside Connected Sensors, and Hamilton Water's Proactive Leak Detection Program. The Natural Edge Program is taking steps to create and ... Read More
Media Release – $74,100 OTF Grant Opens New Doors for Watersheds Canada
MEDIA RELEASE April 21, 2023 Perth, ON – On the 21st of April, the Watersheds Canada team met with a representative of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to celebrate the $74,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant they received from the Foundation. The funds were used to conduct a waterfront land and property donation feasibility study. The study will be completed spring 2023 and will give waterfront property owners and their families new charitable giving options to ensure their legacy ... Read More
News release – Quinte, Cataraqui watersheds benefit from nature-based solutions to protect freshwater health
April 18, 2023 -- There are many newly restored shorelands in the Quinte and Cataraqui watersheds in Ontario thanks to a project led by Watersheds Canada and Quinte Conservation. In total, 17 shoreline properties were restored with 4,000 native species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers which have restored a total of 14,780 square meters of shoreline. Shoreline ecosystems, or riparian zones, are especially valuable habitat for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. The shoreline area includes the ... Read More
News Release – Two waves of federal funding a signal of hope for Canada’s freshwater future
March 29, 2023 - Watersheds Canada is encouraged by the Government of Canada’s focus on freshwater health as announced in the new federal budget. First, it was announced there will be a Canadian government investment of $420 million over ten years to support the Great Lakes (announced last Friday), and second, a federal commitment to fund a new standalone Canada Water Agency. “The new federal funding is a critical first part of the solution as all freshwater leaders, including Watersheds ... Read More
Enter to win a beautifully hand-crafted Common Loon!
Enter a contest to win a beautifully hand-crafted, new quarter size decorative Common Loon carving generously donated to Watersheds Canada by Canadian artist, Mike Reader: Common loons are an indicator of water quality in a lake. Except for migration and nesting, Common Loon spend their entire lives in the water. As a top predator on the lake, they almost exclusively prey on fish, with adults eating about 2 pounds of fish every day! Breeding pairs of Common Loon are a real treat to see on ... Read More
MEDIA RELEASE – Launch of new “Sustaining our Freshwater” pilot program for Municipalities of South Frontenac, Tweed
March 20, 2023, Eastern Ontario — The “Sustaining Our Freshwater” two-year pilot project will engage municipal decision-makers, freshwater stakeholders, Conservation Authorities, small businesses, Indigenous communities, and waterfront property owners with science-based information and educational resources in an effort to sustainably naturalize and restore shorelines to protect and improve freshwater quality. This pilot project will include many components, including public consultations, ... Read More
This World Water Day, see the amazing fish habitat projects you have already helped complete!
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
Natural Edge site visits are now open across Eastern Ontario!
Did you know that having a natural shoreline with a variety of plants helps prevent erosion, protects water quality, improves biodiversity, reduces flood water damage, and looks beautiful? Watersheds Canada is able to help landowners in the Mississippi watershed, Cataraqui watershed, and St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (Cornwall) take action to protect their shoreline and lake with Shoreline Re-Naturalization Kits. When you purchase a starter kit, you get the benefit of our staff’s expertise ... Read More
Join us for free Invasive Species Awareness Week resources and webinars!
Invasive Species Awareness Week is fast approaching and we want to spend the week with you! The Invasive Species Centre and its partners lead this annual campaign in Canada to help raise awareness about the threat that invasive species pose to our natural heritage. Each year, many organizations support Invasive Species Awareness Week to make it a huge success, and this year, Watersheds Canada is hosting another full week of #InvSpWk programming! Together, our actions can help raise awareness ... Read More
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