How Shoreline Cleanups Benefit Communities and Local Ecosystems

Feb 21, 2020

By Julia Pepler

When the founders of the Annual Fraser River Cleanup planned their first event at Gill Bar in 2007 it was out of necessity. Gill Bar had become a dumping ground for old washing machines, barrels full of unknown materials, mattresses, and more. This first cleanup brought in just over a dozen concerned citizens who wanted to lend a hand for the sake of the local ecosystem.

The Case for Cold Water Swimming

Feb 14, 2020

By Julia Pepler

The idea of jumping into an icy body of water gives me instant butterflies. More and more, I’ve heard of the health benefits of swimming in cold water. Whether or not those are true, I know one thing for sure: swimming in cold water provides unique opportunities to connect with local waterways and with your body in a new way.

Dipping My Cup in Arctic Waters

Jan 30, 2020

By Julia Pepler

When I was 18 years old I got the opportunity to go on a 52-day canoe trip with my summer camp. Alongside 7 other campers and 2 leaders, we travelled to our starting point on Tibbitt Lake in the Northwest Territories. 

A Rare Opportunity for a Healthier Salish Sea

Jan 23, 2020

By guest writer Zack Shoom

Metro Vancouver is facing one of the greatest opportunities in recent history to prevent toxins and microplastics from entering the Fraser River and Salish Sea: an upgrade to our region's largest wastewater treatment plant. 

Can saltwater freeze?

Jan 14, 2020

By Julia Pepler

Growing up in Ontario, I’ve always thought freshwater lakes freeze and oceans don’t. But in this recent cold snap in Vancouver, I’ve noticed a thin layer of ice in False Creek...a salty inlet. So what’s the deal?

The Crystalline Waters of Skeleton Lake

Jan 8, 2020

Watermark by Katie Moore

For as long as I can remember I have had a deep connection to water. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that sparked my love for the water because it has been deeply ingrained in my life since I was young. But thinking back to my childhood, I suppose my love for the water all began from visiting our family friends’ cottage every summer on Skeleton Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario.

3 Resolutions You Can Make to Protect Our Waters

Jan 3, 2020

By Julia Pepler

A new year and new decade bring reflection, new beginnings, and for many, resolutions. Beyond making resolutions for our health and our communities, we’ve come up with three simple changes you can make to help protect our waters.

What 2019 Taught Us About Our Waters

Dec 18, 2019

This was a big year for Fraser Riverkeeper. We expanded our water monitoring program, co-hosted a Fraser River cleanup, cheered on Lauren Hornor as she was honoured with the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and held our biggest fundraising gala to-date.

The Confluence of These Two Rivers Transforms into an Eagle Haven

Dec 11, 2019

By Julia Pepler

Last Friday, the Fraser Riverkeeper team left our cozy office, pulled on some warm layers, and headed to the confluence of the Fraser and Harrison rivers. We were off on an adventure to reconnect with these powerful waters.

Why We Monitor Vancouver’s Waters During the Coldest Months of the Year

Dec 5, 2019

By Julia Pepler

Months after hot summer days at the beach have come to an end, Vancouver Water Monitoring Coordinator, Katie Moore, and our team of volunteers continue to head out on Thursday mornings to monitor the recreational water quality in Vancouver’s False Creek. But why do we sample year-round, through the coldest months of the year? 

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