Our fish habitat restoration work focuses on rebuilding and improving fish spawning grounds of local fish species that have been damaged due to human activity or eroded over time. By improving spawning sites, this habitat restoration work aims to improve fish populations for future generations.
Community members participate in the assessment, planning and restoration phases of a fish habitat restoration project, in partnership with experts in biology and hydrology. Elder consultations are key to identifying historically active fish habitat and restoration sites. Local youth are hired and receive training to implement the project with expert guidance.
Community members participate in the assessment, planning and implementation of erosion control activities to improve water quality in the local watershed. Local youth are hired and receive training to implement the project with expert guidance.
Strong Communities. Safe, clean water.
Water First acknowledges that our office lies within the traditional territory of the Petun and the Anishnaabeg, which consist of the Odawa, Ojibwe, and the Pottawatomi nations. The region in which we live and work has been a site of human activity for approximately 15,000 years, with Indigenous peoples being the sole inhabitants until as recently as 500 years ago. Water First is located on the territory covered by Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty No. 18, of 1818.
Today, this area is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the community in this territory.