Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

October 20, 2015 12:44 ET

Water Pact Puts a Healthy Mackenzie First

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwired - Oct. 20, 2015) - Ducks Unlimited Canada congratulates the governments of the Northwest Territories and British Columbia on the signing of a transboundary water agreement on Oct. 15. This pact mirrors a similar deal with Alberta to ensure the Mackenzie River provides clean and abundant water for communities across its watershed.

"People, ducks and fish rely on the pristine waters of the Mackenzie," said DUC NWT manager Cristina Soto. "This agreement prioritizes the river ecosystem and allows the water needed for responsible development.

"It's a critical piece of the puzzle in keeping the Mackenzie River and all those that rely on it healthy."

Adaptive water management in the basin will incorporate both western science and Traditional Knowledge, a framework developed with a team of leading water scientists.

"Forest fires, lower water levels, and concern about clean water are on the minds of people in NWT, especially in Indigenous communities," Soto said. "We're glad to see Indigenous representatives on the bilateral water management committees."

This latest policy achievement shows the governments' commitment to maintaining the quality and quantity of their waters. DUC looks forward to working with both jurisdictions on further steps to conserve this precious resource.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

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