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Welcome to the official Ottawa Riverkeeper blog where you can keep up to date on the latest news and stories about the watershed and our projects.

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Why do we track changes in land use?
Development Geography & Geology Regions Take Action Watershed Health

Why do we track changes in land use?

As water flows across the land of our watershed, and through the streams and tributaries of the river, it acts differently depending on how humans use the land. Creating detailed maps of how land use in our region changes over time can be an invaluable tool in understanding the health of our watershed.
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A new chapter at Ottawa Riverkeeper
Press Releases

A new chapter at Ottawa Riverkeeper

We are gearing up to implement our exciting new plans for the future. Elizabeth Logue and Patrick Nadeau are now helping guide a smooth transition to a new generation of leadership.
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A ladder at Carillon could help save the American eel
Biodiversity Dams Take Action

A ladder at Carillon could help save the American eel

Constructing an eel ladder on the Carillon dam could provide our endangered and fragmented American eel population with the fighting chance it deserves.
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Thoughts from a Youth Water Leader on the unique paths to water protection
Event Updates People Youth

Thoughts from a Youth Water Leader on the unique paths to water protection

Following a recent career fair, where youth heard from a diverse group about how they came to become water protectors, one Youth Water Leader was inspired to write about her takeaways and the various ways that life can lead you to work for our waterways.
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Time to kick our road salt habit
Take Action Watershed Health

Time to kick our road salt habit

Road salt is ubiquitous on winter roads throughout our watershed, but it has numerous negative impacts on our waterways. What can you do to reduce this unique form of pollution in our river?
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FAQs on the Carillon Dam and the American eel
Biodiversity Dams Government

FAQs on the Carillon Dam and the American eel

In the fall of 2020 it was announced that the Carillon Dam, the most significant barrier to American eel migration into the Ottawa River watershed, would be undergoing major renovations. We’ve assembled a series of questions and answers to bring you up to speed on the relationship between the dam and this endangered fish species in our watershed.
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Stay safe on the ice!
People Recreation

Stay safe on the ice!

During the pandemic many of you have been discovering new and exciting ways to get outside and enjoy the watershed. This winter you may find yourself out on the river for a walk, skate or ski, or even zipping around on a snowmobile. While these are all awesome ways to enjoy the river during the winter, it’s of the utmost importance to remember that accessing river ice is never 100% safe.
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Watershed Discovery Days: how Ottawa Riverkeeper staff explore the watershed!
People Recreation Regions

Watershed Discovery Days: how Ottawa Riverkeeper staff explore the watershed!

At Ottawa Riverkeeper, we have a program that gives our employees paid days off to explore new corners of the watershed. These outings are opportunities for the team to learn about and connect with the waterways and land that they are dedicated to protecting.
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The Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel means a cleaner Ottawa River
Government In the News Water Quality

The Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel means a cleaner Ottawa River

November 20th, 2020 saw the official opening event for a brand new piece of Ottawa City infrastructure: the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel. What does that have to do with the river? The new tunnel is designed to help protect the river from the harmful effects of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs).
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Our American eels are vital, but they’re in trouble
Biodiversity Dams

Our American eels are vital, but they’re in trouble

Despite its cultural significance and ecological role in the Ottawa River, the American eel has dramatically declined in recent decades. This fascinating species has been heavily impacted by changes in the watershed. We believe you should know why this has happened and why American eels matter in the Ottawa River.
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Argenteuil, Papineau, and Prescott and Russell receive the 2020 Water Leader Award
People Press Releases

Argenteuil, Papineau, and Prescott and Russell receive the 2020 Water Leader Award

We are pleased to present the award to a group that has shown truly remarkable cooperation towards the stewardship and protection of our river: the members of the Pacte d’Amitié.
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This #GivingTuesday, reflect on what clean water means to you. Will you help to protect our rivers?
People Recreation Supporters

This #GivingTuesday, reflect on what clean water means to you. Will you help to protect our rivers?

Water brings us together. Will you help protect it? This inspiring story from Maddie Perrault makes the case for protecting our waterways for future generations.
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An update on Radioactive Waste Policy in Canada
Government Nuclear Waste

An update on Radioactive Waste Policy in Canada

On November 16th Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced that the government was launching a review and public engagement on Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy. We now have a chance to help the government build a stronger policy that lives up to international standards, and most importantly, protects our waterways.
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Ontario is limiting Conservation Authorities’ power. What does this mean for our river?
Flooding Government Government Flooding

Ontario is limiting Conservation Authorities’ power. What does this mean for our river?

Recent decisions by the Ontario government to strip Conservation Authorities of their power threaten to harm the Ottawa River watershed. We believe that you should know what this means for your future and that of the rivers, lakes and wetlands in our region.
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An update on Triclosan
Government Policy and Legislation Triclosan

An update on Triclosan

Since 2014, Ottawa Riverkeeper and other groups have been working hard to have triclosan banned from Canadian products. In October 2020, new legislation came into effect limiting the use of Triclosan. We are disappointed in this outcome, but there is cause for optimism.
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Microplastics in the Ottawa River
In the News Recreation Riverwatch Water Quality

Microplastics in the Ottawa River

We are excited to see that our report on microplastics in the Ottawa River continues to resonate with the public. However, we are concerned that these findings have recently been misrepresented.
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Meet the third cohort of Youth Water Leaders
Youth

Meet the third cohort of Youth Water Leaders

We’re so excited about our new cohort of Youth Water Leaders that we want you to get to know each and every one of these amazing individuals.
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World Rivers Day 2020
Event Updates In the News

World Rivers Day 2020

This World Rivers Day, we wanted to honour not only the Ottawa River and its tributaries, but also you, the people that love the watershed and make our work possible.
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Climate Strike 2020
Climate Change Flooding In the News

Climate Strike 2020

As the world comes together for the 2020 Global Climate Strike, we stand in solidarity with everyone fighting for the health of our planet.
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World Water Monitoring Day 2020
Recreation Swim Guide Water Quality

World Water Monitoring Day 2020

Today we celebrate World Water Monitoring Day! Did you know that Ottawa Riverkeeper does its own in house water quality testing?
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