Healthy Waters Labrador is a not-for-profit organization, based in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, NL. Originally formed as an Environment Canada ACAP-AEI Group in 2005, HWL has changed and evolved over the years as new partnerships were formed, and continued research was carried out to further determine the state of the environment and the current and future needs of the communities. Environment Canada continues to provide core funding and support to HWL, while additional project support is sought out through various forms of fundraising.
HWL is comprised of a Board of Directors, with five member-at-large seats and reserved seats for various community partners, including aboriginal governments and organizations, various levels of government and other environmental organizations.
Healthy Waters Labrador's mandate is to foster and promote healthy, sustainable aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through stewardship, education and research in partnership with various stakeholders in the Upper Lake Melville region of Labrador.
Geographical Focus Area
The geographical Focus Area of HWL's work is an area of approximately 32,000km² encompassing the four main watersheds of the Upper Lake Melville region: Grand Lake watershed, Goose Bay watershed, Lower Churchill watershed and the Lake Melville watershed. The boundary of the Focus Area follows the outer boundaries of these four watersheds see HWL Focus Area Map. All four Upper Lake Melville region communities (North West River, Sheshatshiu, Mud Lake and Happy Valley-Goose Bay) are located within these watersheds.