Canada’s Premiers Recognize Excellence in Water Stewardship and Launch Enhanced Water Information Website

March 18, 2014 – Canada’s Premiers today announced the recipients of the Excellence in Water Stewardship Award, a highlight of Canada Water Week. Presented to community groups, businesses, partnerships, and institutions in each province and territory across Canada, the award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and leadership in the area of water stewardship.

“On behalf of Canada’s Premiers, I congratulate the recipients for their commitment to improving stewardship of our priceless water resources,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Chair of the Council of the Federation. “These organizations play a vital role in championing innovation, protecting water quality and promoting conservation.”

Each recipient receives a trophy, monetary prize and certificate signed by the Premier of their province or territory. This year’s recipients are:

Southern Rockies Watershed Project – Alberta
Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program – British Columbia
Ducks Unlimited Canada – Manitoba
Five Fingers Brook Watershed Committee – New Brunswick
Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program – Newfoundland and Labrador
Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board – Northwest Territories
Groundswell Community-Based Groundwater Monitoring Ecology Action Centre – Nova Scotia
Community of Pond Inlet – Nunavut
Green Communities Canada – Ontario
North Rustico Sewer and Water Utility Corporation – Prince Edward Island
Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau – Québec
Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association – Saskatchewan
Friends of McIntyre Creek – Yukon

As well, the Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Council announced today enhancements to its online water information sharing tool to provide better public access to water information and to support enhanced water stewardship across the country.

Canada’s Water InfoStream, a single portal of water information from all provinces and territories, facilitates cooperation and sharing of information on water at the pan-Canadian level. Greater information sharing around water helps governments and organizations better understand trends, emerging opportunities, and the impacts of climate change and development.

Reflecting stakeholder feedback, the website now places greater emphasis on topics such as drinking water. Additional changes are designed to make Canada’s Water InfoStream a valuable source for researchers, public policy makers, and people who wish to access water data and information relevant to their interests and needs.

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