Giving Tuesday 2019 – Protect Your River!

This #GivingTuesday, consider a donation to protect your river.

What is the most pressing issue for you for your local river, lake or stream? Is it the habitat and species loss that is happening at an alarming rate? The devastating flooding we’ve experienced twice in recent years in our watershed? The events this past summer that saw thousands of fish killed in the Lièvre and Ottawa rivers?

Or maybe you have serious worries about the plans for a new nuclear waste dump at Chalk River – less than a kilometer from the shores of the Ottawa River?  

Perhaps you just want to make sure the river you love is clean and safe to swim and to paddle in. Clean and safe for the many fish species in our river and for turtles, tadpoles, and friendly mussels. 

For us, it’s all of the above. We are working to address all of these threats to our magnificent river and watershed and to keep it clean and safe. But we can’t do it alone. 

In festive December, we celebrate, cherish, and give thanks for all that is important in our lives. As this season begins, today, Giving Tuesday, is a global movement to support the charities that underpin our communities. We hope that, in keeping with this movement, you will make a donation to help protect our watershed. With your donation, Ottawa Riverkeeper will continue working to protect the health of our magnificent river, working to ensure our river remains drinkable, swimmable, and fishable.

One of the files Ottawa Riverkeeper has been working on this year is looking at the Hickorynut, a freshwater mussel, and Lake Sturgeon – both endangered species – and finding ways to mitigate threats to these dwindling populations. 

Did you know that the Ottawa River is home to Canada’s largest known population of the Hickorynut?

The fate of endangered species tells a compelling story about changes to our watershed’s health. 

Pressures from dams and invasive species have affected Hickorynut and Sturgeon. But these threats also impact all life in our watershed, it is all interconnected. Studying populations at risk is just part of the work. We are committed to finding ways to decrease the threats to the health of our ecosystem as a whole. 

Your donation will make a big difference. Please make your gift today!