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Laurier co-hosts Canadian Rivers Institute conference Sept. 27 and 28

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Sep 25/13| For Immediate Release


Sarah Khan, Communications Officer
Canadian Rivers Institute or 902-719-4332


Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-President Academic & Provost
Wilfrid Laurier University or 519-884-0710 ext. 2859

Aquatic scientists collaborate on protecting and improving health of rivers

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI), in partnership with the water-focused research institutes at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are hosting the 10th Annual CRI Days this Saturday, September 28th, at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and CIGI Auditorium. The agenda is specifically designed to engage experts and university students from across the country on the most pressing research issues facing river ecosystems in Canada and around the world.

“We are very pleased that the Waterloo region is able to host this year’s event,” states Dr. Deb MacLatchy, Vice-President: Academic & Provost at Laurier and a CRI Science Director. “This is a great opportunity for members of the CRI as well as external collaborators to come together to discuss how to assess what’s happening to the world’s river systems and what needs to be done to make positive changes in our water management policies.  We’ve been very fortunate to have to support from local partners such as the Laurier Institute for Water Science, the Canadian Water Network and the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.”

Facilitators and presenters include representatives from multiple universities, as well as from organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, and Environment Canada and Fisheries & Oceans Canada. Panels and presentations will focus on the three strategic research priorities of the CRI.

A complete list of presentations and registration can be found at

CRI students will spend the preceding Friday examining the issues of the Grand River from various perspectives, including a canoe trip down a portion of the river.  “The Grand River is an exceptional system for studying first-hand the effects of human activity on an urbanizing watershed,” says Dr. Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair at the University of Waterloo and a CRI Science Director.  “It’s also a terrific example of how communities, industries, and academics have come together to find solutions to address and improve river system health.”

Water-related issues have become increasingly pressing, as concerns about hydro-fracking, watershed management and changes to the Fisheries Act grow. The CRI’s research plan, which addresses these issues through human impact on the sustainability of rivers, and how to improve the communication of information was released in June of this year ( and this will be the first CRI conference focused on the new research plan.

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) is a science network of renowned water researchers providing a collaboration of nationally and internationally dispersed scientists and resource managers committed to the development and implementation of common science-based partnerships which advance aquatic research on the structure and function of fresh water and estuarine ecosystems, improving their management and providing solutions to the water challenges of today's society.

CRI Days is an annual event at a select partner institution each year. CRI Days began in 2003 in Fredericton, NB and has formerly been held in New Brunwick and Quebec. This year’s CRI Days, will be held in Waterloo, ON and will focus on rivers science, governance and policy. 


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