FLOW Core Activities
FLOW is committed to working towards our vision through three core activities:
- Monitor the federal government’s activities and keep Canadian citizens informed on their progress.
- Continue engaging in a dialogue with other groups and organizations to promote action towards a Canada-wide water strategy and vision.
- Prepare and release follow-up reports until all of the following priority areas, identified in Changing the Flow and outlined below, are addressed.
FLOW Priority Areas
FLOW believes that our governments must take urgent action to address emerging threats to our freshwater resources.
A number of FLOW’s members first came together in 2006 as the Gordon Water Group of Concerned Scientists and Citizens to produce Changing the Flow: A Blueprint for Federal Action on Freshwater. This report focused on the need for policies and actions by the federal government to re-engage in an effective manner on water policy in Canada. Recommendations were organized around seven priority areas:
- Enhancing National Capacity for Freshwater Protection
- Responding to the impacts of climate change and energy production
- Securing safe drinking water for all Canadians
- Protecting aquatic ecosystems and Aboriginal water
- Promoting a culture of water conservation
- Preventing interjurisdictional conflicts and bulk water exports
- Developing world class water science
As the permanent initiative that emerged from the Gordon Water Group, FLOW plans to build on the work of Changing the Flow by advocating for actions and policies on all seven priority of these priority areas.