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Up and down the enormous Ottawa River there are many people and community groups who want to help protect the health of the river system. Many are unsure of what they can do. Working in unison, we create a strong and clear voice when it comes to protecting our river.
River Watchers identify themselves with specific sections of the river or a tributary and become involved in ways that reflect their own interest, time and skills. Each River Watch group identifies the activities in their local community that may be having an impact on the river. Together, they work with Ottawa Riverkeeper to find effective solutions to their local problems.
The River Watch network goes beyond having eyes and ears on the river around the watershed. It is a program that builds capacity among individuals and community stewardship groups along the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Ottawa Riverkeeper supports River Watch groups with:
Each year more energetic citizens and organized groups of cottage associations and stewardship groups join our official network of River Watchers. We currently have official River Watch groups from Fort Williams to Montreal!
If you have an interest in becoming a Riverwatcher, please contact us.