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Freshwater Program

Advocating and researching smart, effective water policies.

Protecting New Brunswick’s beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.

CCNB’s Freshwater Protection Program has been developed to research smart and effective water policies in the face of increasing societal demand and climate change. The aim of our Freshwater Program is to advance holistic watershed management of our water resources – including protection of critical ecological services – and foster significant citizen engagement in this management process.

We have been very active in the public discourse on water policy:

  • We have been in the heart of the public debate on shale gas, raising concerns over the industry’s thirst for freshwater, the vast volumes of toxic wastewater produced, and the threat of pollution to our drinking water, rivers, lakes and streams.
  • We have advocated for the protection of wetlands and defended New Brunswick’s Wetland Conservation Policy.
  • We have worked closely with watershed associations to defend the NB Water Classification program; a program developed by the province and watershed groups to develop enforceable water quality standards for many of the province’s rivers.
  • We have come to the defence of the waters with communities throughout the province on local issues such as mining, forestry and quarries.
  • We have reignited a priority to engage communities on the health of the St. John River through an eight-community tour to identify local issues and opportunities for improvement.
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