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This newsletter was sent on October 20th, 2022.

FRANÇAIS
SAVE THE DATE!
ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING COMING SOON
You're invited to the Ottawa Riverkeeper Annual Public Meeting! Mark your calendars for the evening of November 22nd. This is an excellent opportunity to mingle with the river community, ask your questions, receive updates on programs, and see how the river has benefitted from your support. 
 
This will be a hybrid event, with limited in-person attendance as well as the option to view the presentation in its entirety and participate in Q&A via an online stream. This year’s event is sponsored by Dentons, and more details and links to register will be available soon. 
THANK YOU!
Every year we are blown away by your support! Recently, you stepped up to fund policy and advocacy work related to radioactive waste in Canada. You also funded shoreline cleanups to protect the banks of the river from trash and plastic which harms animals, ecosystems, and watershed residents. Your commitment to watershed protection is inspiring!

You make so much possible! To celebrate that, we’d like to share two success stories that only happened thanks to your donations.
RADIOACTIVE WASTE POLICY - A FRESHWATER PRIORITY
Efforts to raise awareness and support for a stronger Radioactive Waste Policy in Canada continue. The recent draft policy released by Natural Resource Canada does not meet our expectations, nor the needs of the many of you who engaged in the review process. We continue to push our recommendations and engage in conversations with the government, fellow advocacy groups, rights holders and stakeholders to move this issue forward. 
 
To help build support, we recently partnered with Our Living Waters to release a story about our work on this issue so far, and why it will only become more pressing as new technology such as Small Modular Reactors become more prevalent. The story lays out the case for a more robust policy, explains why the current draft fails to meet the need, and why freshwater advocates must pay attention. 
Read the article
750 lbs OF GARBAGE KEPT OUT OF THE RIVER!
A huge thank you for supporting our cleanups this year! Volunteers recently had a huge success at Kettle Island that you made possible. 
 
Hosted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, this cleanup saw over 750lbs of garbage removed from the island (much of it transported by the Ottawa Riverkeeper boat)! Over 40 volunteers came out to help and managed to find intriguing items, such as a ladder, an old air conditioner, and plenty of beverage containers. 
 
Thank you as well to the volunteers who gave their time for this event, and to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for inviting us all to participate!
THANK YOU!
We are looking for 10 volunteers that are willing to help our fundraising team stuff and mail envelopes to raise funds for Ottawa Riverkeeper. We are hoping to accomplish this initiative on the week of November 7th and would ask volunteers to pick up all the materials required and complete the task at home.
If you are interested in donating some of your time to this activity or have any questions please contact Renée Davies our Volunteer Coordinator at rdavies@ottawariverkeeper.ca
Volunteer
Header and photos by Mark Bernards.
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