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RBC Gives Y2Y $15,000 to Protect Alberta's Headwaters

Announced on RBC Blue Water Day, this support will help Y2Y protect the headwaters that provide drinking water for millions of Canadians.

MEDIA RELEASE
June 10, 2014

Canmore, AB - On RBC Blue Water Day, RBC announced their support of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative’s (Y2Y) Alberta Headwaters Project Community Collaboration in Action with a grant made through the RBC Blue Water Project. 

A cheque in the amount of $15,000 was presented to Y2Y at the RBC Canmore Branch.

The RBC Blue Water Project is dedicated to protecting the planet’s most precious natural resource – fresh water.

Launched in 2007, the project is a 10-year, $50 million commitment to creating change around the world on the very serious water issues we face today. Since then, RBC has pledged over $38 million to more than 650 charitable organizations worldwide that help protect our water. In its seventh year of this project, RBC Blue Water is tackling the critical issue of urban watersheds.

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a non-profit organization working to connect and protect habitat from Yellowstone National Park to Canada’s Yukon so people and nature thrive. Y2Y highlights and focuses on
local issues that have implications for the larger Yellowstone to Yukon region, and works with key people to stitch the lands cape together.

Alberta’s mountain headwaters provide clean and abundant water to millions of downstream users.

In June 2013, devastating floods were a reminder that our headwaters must be managed to maximize their ability to capture, store, and clean our water supplies.

Under the Alberta Headwaters Project - Community Collaboration in Action, Y2Y will build a partner network who will work together to protect wildlife habitat, reduce conflicts between land uses and users, increase public awareness of watershed values, protect ecosystem services such as flood and drought control, and influence important upcoming Albertan land use planning processes.