We work with hundreds of groups to get them the tools they need for monitoring water quality and caring for their water bodies. Our testkits and open data platform ensure people can collect, manage and share important water quality data. The real magic, however, always comes from the groups’ passion for their local waterways!
It’s not about us.
Water Rangers provides a service with our accessible tools and support. But our tools are often just one piece of a group’s efforts to know and care for their waters. At the end of the day, it is the people on the ground, asking questions and taking action for their waters, who have the biggest impact on the health of our lakes, rivers, ocean, and streams. We’re so inspired by our partners’ great work; it’s what keeps our whole team motivated to do the hard work that needs to be done! Here are just a few examples of our fabulous collaborators doing great things in education, restoration, water science, and community engagement.
In June 2022, the Thames Bluewater Métis Council (TBWMC) welcomed their citizens to the first-ever Rendezvous, held on the shores of Lake Huron. Water Rangers joined the celebration and met with Margaret Froh, President of Métis Nation of Ontario, and the TBWMC citizens to talk about water.
Since 2021, we've been helping Tewkesbury Nature Reserve in the UK to set up water monitoring as part of their Green Lung Project. A short film to showcase Tewkesbury Nature Reserve's Green Lung Project and its aims to benefit community wellbeing and eco-stewardship through increasing opportunities for learning and nature connectedness.
With thanks to our film creators Lottie Storey and Kim Wegner and our project funders The Summerfield Charitable Trust and the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
Riparia is a Canadian Not-For-Profit that works to connect young women with science, water and nature to foster the next-generation of water protectors and science champions.
Since their first expedition, held in August 2019, Water Rangers has been supporting Riparia with water testkits as part of their amazing programs. In partnership with Native Montreal and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, they recruit a diverse group of young women aged 13 -18. This mix of indigenous and non-indigenous young minds gained the fundamentals of freshwater science and conservation by helping generate new knowledge about Canada’s lakes and rivers, all while building their own scientific and outdoor skills, confidence and knowledge.
Since 2018, The Skeena Knowledge Trust has been using the Water Rangers testkits as part of their outreach and data collection, and in 2021, our work together was featured in the Narwhal! The Skeena Knowledge Trust is a purpose trust and registered Canadian charitable organization formed in September 2017 following multi-year collaboration between the Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Office of the Wet’suwet’en, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, and the Pacific Salmon Foundation in order to address the need for greater knowledge management and more informed decision making pertaining to salmon and salmon habitat within the Skeena River watershed and estuary.
Since 2020, Les Scientifines has been helping the Brun Lab in the Faculty of Medicine of the Montreal University with their outreach program. The lab, run by Dr. Brun, seeks to better understand how bacteria function. With the help of Water Rangers, the Lab put together small water sampling kits. Like our tiny kits, these measure basic water quality health parameters, but they also allow people to take a water sample that is sent to the Brun Lab to analyze for the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Lawrence is a huge advocate for water health, with a well-known passion for promoting sustainable fishing practices, connecting people to waterways, and prompting people to take action. Blue Fish Canada is a fish charity dedicated to freshwater and marine environment restoration, preservation and conservation, and the promotion of sustainable traditional fish stock management practices. Anglers have a major role to play in environmental stewardship and can learn how to observe water.
Annie Michaud, Niagara College and Niagara Coastal Collaborative
Annie Michaud is a Professor at Niagara College, a Senior Water Resources Engineer, and one of the founding members of Niagara Coastal. She is one of the Lake Erie watershed's most passionate champions. She is eager to share that passion, her extensive knowledge of water science and how it can be applied to helping the lake she calls home.
The River Wey Trust is establishing a monthly water chemistry program using the Water Rangers testkits as well as the nutrient testing from Freshwater Watch. The Trust is establishing some regular sample locations that are of interest, giving us a snapshot of the river’s health each month. They’ll allow volunteers to monitor more parts of the river and become the eyes on the ground, increasing their understanding of what’s normal and helping the Trust act when things aren’t right! Already they have over 50 regular sampling spots and are working with many other community groups to establish their program!