This past August, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Coca-Cola Canada came together to announce the Restoration Fund. This Coca-Cola-supported and WWF-run collaboration marked the latest chapter in a decade-long partnership between the two organizations.

Previously focused on polar bear conservation in the far north through Arctic Home, WWF and Coca-Cola are now focussing their partnership on addressing Canada’s freshwater health. By working with local conservation groups on three projects across the country, WWF-Canada and Coca-Cola are providing relief to some of the most vulnerable freshwater ecosystems in the country as identified by WWF-Canada’s Watershed Reports.

One of the projects that was selected for support by the Restoration Fund was ACAP Saint John Shining a Light on Freshwater in New Brunswick. This project involved daylighting portions of the Newman’s and Caledonia brooks in Saint John, removing invasive species and barriers to fish while generally restoring the freshwater ecosystems to their natural state.

As ACAP Saint John’s Restoration Fund project nears completion, WWF-Canada species specialist, Emily Giles and ACAP Saint John’s Executive Director, Graeme Stewart-Robertson took viewers on a live tour of the project site through social media while fielding questions submitted in real-time.

This event helped to give Canadians a first-hand view into the Saint John project, highlighting the hard work and dedication that goes into making these restoration projects a reality.

For more information on this and other Restoration Fund projects through WWF-Canada, visit them online here. More information on ACAP Saint John can be found on their website here.