World Water Day 2018: Protecting your rights to swim, drink and fish the Ottawa River

Tue Mar 20, 2018, Ottawa, ON

Join us on World Water Day 2018 in welcoming Meredith Brown of the Ottawa Riverkeepers to Carleton University campus for a talk about her organization's work protecting the Ottawa River watershed.

The event is free and open to all! We would appreciate an RSVP so we know how many drinks and snacks to bring. RSVP to Christiane.mineau (at)

This talk takes place at Carleton University, in the University Centre room 182, from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm.


At Ottawa Riverkeeper we believe our Ottawa River could become the world’s cleanest capital river, sustaining healthy and resilient communities. However, this won’t happen without innovation and sustainability that is practiced at the individual, community and corporate scales. Our watershed is larger than England, spans across two provinces and is home to over 300 municipalities and 12 indigenous communities. Many times throughout the year our big cities release millions of litres of untreated sewage into the river - a Canadian Heritage River and our playground. Several important aquatic species like the American Eel have suffered devastating population declines and are now endangered. Microplastics are prolific, even in the more pristine areas of the watershed. Our indigenous neighbours to the north in Kitiganzibi do not have access to safe drinking water. How can we reconcile these complex problems?

Speaker bio:

Meredith Brown, a champion for freshwater protection, is widely known throughout the vast Ottawa River Watershed as the Riverkeeper and leader of the charitable organization Ottawa Riverkeeper | Garde-rivière des Outaouais. Meredith holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering and resource and environmental management. Since 2004, she has significantly raised the profile of the Ottawa River and brought important issues such as sewage dumping, nuclear waste and microplastic pollution to the attention of the public and decision-makers. Meredith is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is a recipient of the Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature. Meredith works with over 300 Waterkeepers from around the world to protect your rights to swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.


For more information:

Contact Name: Christiane Mineau
Phone: (613)520-2600 x2516
E-mail: christiane.mineau (at)

Additional Contacts & Websites:

This event is organized by the Global Water Institute and Carleton University's student chapters of the International Water Association, the Ontario Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association of Ontario.

Visit the Global Water Institute's webpage for more information and a complete events calendar!


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