You Spoke, We Listened

StoryMapping.jpgFor the past few weeks the team at the WaterWealth Project has been out on the streets and buzzing online to gather your perspectives in our community survey and story map.

We’ve talked to hundreds of students, seniors, mothers, fishermen and business owners. We wanted to hear from you about your favourite watering holes, fishing spots and cherished memories of time on, in or near our fabulous rivers, lakes and streams. We also wanted to hear about changes you’ve observed to our water and the concerns you have for its future, and what you think needs to be done to protect it.

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Canada water week generates a flood of support for water

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Last week, The WaterWealth Project hosted a number of initiatives for Canada Water Week. We had more than 400 residents from the Fraser Valley fill in our survey and partake in our film showings and Hope celebration event.

Whether it was during post-film discussions, or in conversations about water at the University of the Fraser Valley campus, or over a plate of bannock and stew at the Hope Station, the message was sent loud and clear that people in the Canyon and the Valley care about our home waters!

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A Second Eden

A Blog Posting by WaterWealth Community Advisor Larry Commodore

At the March 2Larry Commodore launch of the WaterWealth campaign, I had the honour to say a few words to the nearly 100 persons who responded to our invitation. Below is an expanded version of the brief talk I gave that day. You can watch the video courtesy of Chris Gadsden here.

 
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Q & A with Sheila Muxlow about Canada Water Week

WaterWealth has been in the news lately! Campaign Director Sheila Muxlow answered a journalist's questions earlier this week - scroll down to learn more about the WaterWealth Project and our action-packed Canada Water Week plans.

1. What is mobile story capture? Is it something that you do on an iPad, or other device? What is its purpose?

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We are using iPads and other mobile devices go to public places and conduct a survey with questions about the relationship local residents have to water, their concerns about threats, and their thoughts on what is needed to protect our water wealth. The goal of The WaterWealth Project is to protect our home waters through 100% community control; By going out and connecting with members of the community, we are taking a first step in that direction.
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Chlorination Concerns Present Opportunity for a Broader Water Movement

Photo from CBCThis week, the Chilliwack Times published an op-ed that Larry Commodore and I wrote together. Below is an expanded version of that piece.

In recent weeks, Chilliwack has been ignited by the decision of the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) to chlorinate its drinking water. Despite strong local concern, the permanent use of chlorine seems to be here to stay. But this shouldn't be the end of the debate. Our concern over this issue can help spark a broader movement to protect our water wealth.

 

Three things we’ve seen in the chlorination controversy can help guide this movement.

 

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The WaterWealth Project's open house was a hurricane of a success

Launch_party_audience_image.jpgSaturday, March 2nd was a blustery day in the Valley, but it was truly heart warming to have so many community members come out to the Water Wealth launch party.

The skies were dark, the wind was gusting, and the rain was coming down in sheets thanks to the Pineapple Express that was passing through. But our headquarters on Storey Avenue was brightly-lit and overflowing with energized community members and people interested to learn more about an initiative to protect our shared home waters.

 

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