You can make a huge difference by avoiding products that pollute our rivers and oceans. Read the ingredient list. “Antibacterial” soaps and sanitizers often contain triclosan, an endocrine disruptor that gets into aquatic life and biomagnifies. It can disrupt photosynthesis in algae and cause male fish to grow ovaries. Avoid toothpaste, body washes and facial scrubs with plastic microbeads. These unnecessary additives do not break down in the environment and are polluting our waterways.
In Canada, up to 25 percent of toilets leak. That’s 1.8 billion litres of clean, treated water — the same amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls every 11 minutes — going down the toilet every day. Take our short Ripple Effect survey to learn how much water and money you can save while helping to protect our river.
3. Get Involved – we need your help!
Volunteer to help keep the Ottawa River swimmable, drinkable and fishable
Report pollution. See something fishy? Call our Pollution Hotline at 1-888-9KEEPER. We can help put a stop to the harm.
Help improve the Ottawa River’s ecological health and future with a year-end donation. There’s lots of ways to give.
We want to hear what you will do this year to protect our valuable water. Get creative and accept our #OttRivResolution challenge, and be sure to get your friends on board. Many small changes can make a big difference!