Rivers and Your Health

Rivers and streams provide us with many social, cultural, and economic benefits. Rivers are an essential component of the water cycle and are an important source of drinking water for many Ontarians. They are a significant source of renewable energy, and moderate the local climate by absorbing and releasing heat. Rivers also provide a home for numerous plant, fish, and animal species, provide us with sources of food, and allow us to access many recreation activities such as swimming, fishing, and canoeing.



The State of Ontario's Rivers


Rivers and streams face a number of challenges and many are at risk from the impacts of threats such as pollution, climate change, water withdrawals, diverting water flows, and providing drinking water to our expanding towns and cities.

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Learn More


To learn more about how rivers and streams impact our health check out these great resources:

BLOG POST: What a River's health means for our own, David Suzuki Foundation (May 2012) 

FACT SHEET:  Natural Values; Linking the Environment to the Economy- Lakes and Rivers, Ducks Unlimited Canada

REPORT: Canada's Rivers at Risk- Environmental Flows and Canada's Freshwater Future, WWF

 

Partners

Back to Nature Network Canadian Mental Health Association Ducks Unlimited Ecohealth Ontario Ecoschools Forests Ontario Hike Ontario Kids in the Woods Initiative

LEAF Ontario Childrens Outdoor Charter Ontario Headwaters Ontario Nature Traversing Urban Poling York Region


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