What WWF is Doing
Protecting Water HealthWWF’s goal is to see all Canadian waters in good condition by 2025. That means restoring and protecting biodiversity of plants and wildlife; building resilient communities to withstand climate change; and ensuring healthy functioning systems like healthy river flow.
To reach this goal, WWF is working to assess the health of, and threats to all of Canada’s watersheds. And we’re proud to say that through our Freshwater Health Assessments, WWF has already measured the health of 25 per cent of our waters! Putting us well on the way to painting a national picture of the condition of our freshwater by 2017.
Promoting Water StewardshipWWF’s Loblaw Water Fund supports Canadians working on the ground for a healthy future for Canada’s waters. Through this grant initiative, WWF and Loblaw Companies Inc. are proud to support Canada’s active freshwater community in its efforts to protect and restore our waters.
Advancing Science, Innovation, and CapacityWWF partners with local stakeholders, scientific experts, and river stewards to advance dialogue and science for healthy and resilient rivers. In New Brunswick, WWF is collaborating on developing a community based vision to improve the health of the St. John River. In British Columbia’s Skeena River estuary, WWF is working to address the multiple and ongoing impacts of industrial development on upstream and downstream communities of this important wild salmon river.
Recommending Rules for WaterWWF has played a central role in ensuring water for nature is protected for the first time in B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act. In Alberta, WWF is working to put in place rules to protect aquatic needs for nature in the Athabasca River. On the St. Lawrence River, we’re working to ensure the river, once more, flows naturally.
Canada's Rivers at Risk
Freshwater Blog Posts
Volunteers shimmy and shuffle in the river for science
Four volunteers became citizen scientists on the picturesque shore of the Ottawa River by donning hip-waders and gloves before kicking up the surface of the water to collect benthic invertebrates (bugs!). Led by Living Lakes Canada experts, the volunteers joined World Wildlife Fund Canada’s David Miller in practicing a kick-test ...
Don’t let garbage replace wildlife
Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Reduce litter with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Freshwater at risk, new WWF-Canada study finds. Here’s why
Canadians believe ours is a nation of pristine and abundant freshwater. But years of research published today shows a different reality: Our freshwater ecosystems are at risk, jeopardizing the future of fish, turtles, waterfowl, bears, other wildlife — and people too. WWF-Canada’s Watershed Report captures for the first time the ...