Loblaw Water Fund grantees announced for 2015

WWF-Canada and Loblaw Companies Limited are proud to announce the Loblaw Water Fund grant recipients for 2015, supporting on-the-ground work to ensure a healthy future for Canada’s waters. Canada is home to 20 per cent of the world’s freshwater, and we applaud the hundreds of local and regional organizations working to keep Canada’s waters healthy.

CURA H2O. © Oliver Woods
CURA H2O. © Oliver Woods

We are proud to support organizations and individuals doing work on the ground, and in our communities, that improve the health of Canada’s waters and connect people to nature. The Loblaw Water Fund recognizes that we can do more together, supporting each other, than we can alone.
WWF’s Loblaw Water Fund provides grants to registered charitable organizations and not-for-profits working on action-oriented projects that aim to conserve, protect, or restore freshwater habitats and the species living within them. This is the second year of grants in a three-year commitment; the 2016 grants will open for submissions in Fall 2015 at wwf.ca/waterfund.
PWA Report  © Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance
PWA Report. © Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance

Here are the Loblaw Water Fund 2015 Grantees

Birch Island Creek & Wetland Restoration Project, Healthy Waters Labrador,  Happy Valley-Goosebay, Newfoundland
Monitoring Ottawa River Health, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ottawa Ontario
J’adopte un cours d’eau (Adopt a Stream) – Des jeunes au service de l’eau, Groupe d’éducation et d’écosurveillance de l’eau, Quebec
Medway Creek Restoration, The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, London, Ontario
Assessing Water Flow and Health of Bauman Creek, The Rare Charitable Research Reserve, Cambridge, Ontario
Changing Currents: Benthos monitoring with Youth in the GTA, EcoSpark, The Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
Uncover Your Creek, Evergreen, Vancouver, British Columbia
Community Rain Garden Project,  Save Our Seine River Environment Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Restoration of Freshwater Ecosystems on Salt Spring Island, The Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Building Capacity in Community-Based Water Stewardship Groups in the Canadian Columbia Basin, The Columbia Basin Watershed Network, British Columbia
Upper Athabasca and Central-Upper Athabasca River Biomonitoring Program, Living Lakes team at Wildsight, Alberta
Communities Helping to Grade Canada’s Watersheds, Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network, National

Evergreen volunteers taking samples ©Daniel Rotman
Evergreen volunteers taking samples. ©Daniel Rotman

The grants are made possible through partial proceeds from Loblaw’s charge-for-plastic shopping bag program, which has reduced the number of plastic shopping bags from their stores nationally by more than seven billion since 2007.
Our 2014 Grantees restored over 75 hectares of wetland and riparian habitat for freshwater species, planted over 7,200 native trees and plants, and engaged more than 1,500 volunteers in monitoring and restoration efforts at 770 sites across the country.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Loblaw Water Fund recipients!