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Congratulations to Aleta Karstad and Dr. Frederick Schueler – Recipients of the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

Painting by Aleta Karstad The Chute, Ivanhoe River

The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is pleased to report that the WWF-Canada and CPAWS have awarded the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize to Dr. Frederick Schueler and Aleta Karstad for their outstanding conservation efforts and accomplishments!!  They truly are very deserving of this incredible Prize!!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO Fred and Aleta!!!

We at ORA were eager to nominate Fred and Aleta for this important recognition of the significant sacrifice and contribution they have both made to science, conservation and the protection of freshwater ecosystems and land all across Canada.  They have also been long-time partners and contributors of the ORA.

Read the Press Release: Continue reading


Time to clean the swimming pool but where to drain the water?

MEDIA RELEASE:  For Immediate Release – 14 May 2020

Time to clean the swimming pool but where to drain the water?

It’s that time of year when you are likely thinking about getting the pool or hot tub ready for the summer season.  It’s a good idea to prepare by first checking with your local town or city to find out what you should do with the water when you drain the pool.  “Beware, that releasing pool or hot tub water containing chlorine or salt directly into the street or a storm drain could bring a very heavy fineThat’s because those chemicals would then flow untreated into a local stream, river or lake and could result in a fish die-off or be very harmful to aquatic life”, said Linda Heron, Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA). Continue reading


Please complete ORA’s Strategic Planning Survey

Photo by Mark Clement

UPDATE:   The winner of the $50 gift card in the Survey draw is John Larmer of Sudbury, Ontario!!   Congratulations John!

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and helped ORA plan for our next 5 years!!!
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The Ontario Rivers Alliance is in the process of reviewing and updating our 5-year Strategic Plan and is requesting your help.  The Survey results will have a direct impact on our strategic direction going forward, and your response is very important to ORA.

When you complete this survey, your name will be entered into a draw for a $50 Mountain Equipment Coop gift certificateSurvey is now closed.


ORA Speaks to the Legislature, Re: Omnibus Bill 132

With the warming temperatures and extreme rain and drought events that climate change is predicted to bring with increasing frequency and intensity as time passes, decision makers and legislators bear a responsibility to strengthen freshwater protection and resiliency – not weaken it.  If this proposal moves forward it will be a precipitous turning point for our future with freshwater in Ontario and beyond.

You will find ORA’s submissions regarding Bill 132 here.

Check out ORA’s speech to the Standing Committee on General Government: Continue reading



Congratulations to Jane Litchfield, winner of the Autumn Cascades print!

A Big congratulations to Jane Litchfield, of Guelph – the winner of this beautiful Autumn Cascades print, by Mary-Dawn Roberts!!

Jane won this lovely print when her name was entered into a draw after making a donation to the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal project. The  print is a limited edition giclee on a 20″x40″ canvas, printed with archival inks, coated with ultraviolet varnish and enhanced with a float frame to a value of $750.00.

ORA would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Mary-Dawn for donating this amazing print in support of our crowdfunding campaign.  You helped make Hanlon Creek a healthier home for local Guelph Brook Trout.  Thank you!

MaryDawnRoberts.ca
Garden House Gallery
1953 Victoria Road S
Guelph, Ontario




Howson Dam on the North Maitland River should be Decommissioned

Concrete is failing and eroding away.

Linda Heron, Chair of ORA, made this presentation on the 18th of June 2018, to the Township of North Huron’s Reeve and Council regarding the Howson Dam on the North Maitland River.   According to a 19 June article by Adam Bell, Blackburn News, a decision will be made on the future of the Howson Dam soon. Continue reading


MEDIA RELEASE: London City Council Says Springbank Dam Must Go

LONDON – After several years of debate over whether to repair or remove the broken Springbank Dam on the Thames River, in a unanimous vote, London City Council decided to decommission the dam.  City staff will now prepare a report to advise Council on whether to repurpose it as a footbridge or remove it entirely from the river.  Eliminating the last man-made barrier between the forks and the mouth of the Thames River is a significant win for the environment and City residents.

Through a groundswell of support from several organizations, businesses and individuals, we were able draw attention to a river not just in recovery but thriving since the dam gates broke in 2008.  We were able to change the conversation from the foregone conclusion that the dam would be repaired, to a unanimous vote to decommission Springbank Dam. A big thank you to City Councillors who were open-minded and receptive to our positive message. Continue reading