CWF Navigates Troubled Waters During Rivers to Oceans Week



    OTTAWA, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation is urging
Canadians to care, conserve and commit during Rivers to Oceans Week and
launching a new French language documentary on threats facing wildlife in the
historic St. Lawrence seaway.
    "We cannot water down the message that new approaches to address national
and international water challenges must be developed to protect species at
risk," said Wade Luzny, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Wildlife
Federation.
    As part of its Rivers to Oceans Week program, June 8-14, CWF is releasing
a 30-minute French language documentary called Navigating Troubled Waters. The
investigative program will air several times on the Quebec television network
Canal Savoir, and four French language webisodes have also been posted to
CWF's website (cwf-fcf.org) to download free of charge.
    "We need to understand the impact human activities are having on this
critical, international waterway and the many species that depend on it for
survival," says Luzny. "Hopefully, this will serve as a resource for
conservation efforts across Canada."
    The Canadian Wildlife Federation and the award-winning filmmakers of
Gallant Productions Inc. teamed up to create the high-definition videos to
complement CWF's French and English public service announcements and webisodes
on understanding ground, waste, storm and surface water, as well as conserving
and protecting water. Key elements include the impact of climate change on
water quantity, the effects of development on water quality and the protection
of the health of wildlife populations.
    Navigating Troubled Waters follows the St. Lawrence River from its source
in the Great Lakes to where fresh water mixes with salt water at the mouth of
the Atlantic Ocean. Host Dr. Yves Jean, a past president of the Canadian
Wildlife Federation, explores how an aging infrastructure in this historic
region is in desperate need of repair and talks with some of Quebec's most
respected scientists.
    Dr. Jean is also a fellow with the Canadian Wildlife Federation Learning
Institute and a professor at The University of Quebec in Montreal (TELUQ). His
in-depth understanding of conservation issues and ability to present
scientific knowledge in a user-friendly way will help television audiences
better understand the challenges facing Canada's largest fresh water resource.
The French language webisodes, ranging in length from seven to 10 minutes,
also provide excellent resources for teachers.
    The Canadian Wildlife Federation has prioritized water quality and
quantity, climate change and species at risk in its current campaigns to
protect wildlife. CWF has been advocating for water awareness at international
conservation conferences in Spain and Turkey over the past months and plans to
continue spreading its strong message to international and local audiences.
"Wildlife knows no borders, and innovative solutions must be developed in
order to ensure a lasting legacy of wildlife and habitat," Luzny says.
    CWF is also hosting its annual meeting in Whitehorse during Rivers to
Oceans Week and supporting the opening of a naturalized trail along the Yukon
River. In April, CWF announced its support for a Wetlandkeepers program for
the Sea to Sky area of B.C., where the Olympics will be held in 2010. In July,
CWF is presenting a one-week conservation course at Acadia University in
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, around the Bay of Fundy, where the highest tides in
the world are found.
    "This is all part of our long-term strategy to make the conservation
movement mainstream," Luzny said. "Water's worth it."

    For more information, please visit riverstooceansweek.ca.

    About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:

    The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable
organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a
lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of
human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the
sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and
co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which
Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit cwf-fcf.org.




For further information:

For further information: Stacey Scott, Communications Officer, (613)
599-9594, staceys@cwf-fcf.org

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