Thursday, 20 March 2014

How much is water worth to you?

Water is the most important natural resource on the planet. It sustains the land and the species that live there, including us. Yet each year there is less and less clean, fresh water available.

Here in Canada we are lucky. We have 20% of the earth’s surface fresh water and 9% of the country is covered in fresh water. That’s a lot of water! Which is why it is so important to ensure the protection of this vital resource.

This is where the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) comes in. Across the country, NCC is working to protect wetlands, shorelines, riparian areas and other important fresh water ecosystems.

Image Source:  Screen shot of Nature Conservancy video

In British Columbia, NCC is working to protect land in the important Columbia Valley, where one of North America’s mightiest rivers – the Columbia – begins. This is the only stretch of the Columbia River that has been left unaltered by dams, and is part of the longest uninterrupted wetland in western North America. Unlike many other areas in the world, this region still supports a full suite of large native mammals, such as bear and cougar, elk and deer. NCC’s Columbia Lake – Lot 48 conservation area protects both a key stretch of lakeshore as well as a high-traffic wildlife corridor for elk, caribou, moose and bear.

On the opposite side of the country, NCC is doing important conservation work on The Grassy Place, a virtually pristine habitat at the headwaters of Robinsons River in southwest Newfoundland. The Grassy Place is the second largest project NCC has ever undertaken in Atlantic Canada and contains the largest wetland of its type in the province.

From east to west NCC is working to protect fresh water, ensuring lands surrounding important fresh water habitats are protected for the future and monitoring the health of these land’s fresh water resources.

But we could not accomplish all this alone! It’s thanks to concerned Canadians like you that we can engage in this important conservation work. Thank you so much!

To find out more about NCC’s work and how you can help, visit

See the video by clicking here.

-Submitted by Karla

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