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Create a Ripple Effect

Create a Ripple Effect

Mark Mattson has used his background in criminal law to successfully run Lake Ontario Waterkeepers beginning in 2001. Their goal is to promote “Swim-able, Drinkable and Fishable Water”. Since then, he has gained a reputation as a dedicated environmental warrior who aims to bring meaning and force to environmental laws everywhere.

By making use of his legal skills and background, Mark has brought much needed attention to Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights, has represented the public in both a Provincial and Federal capacity and appeared on behalf of clients before the International Water Tribunal in Amsterdam. Mark is also the proud founder of the volunteer-based Environmental Bureau of Investigation, dedicated to identifying and prosecuting environmental offenders.

He is a great example of how any skill set, coupled with the right amount of passion and dedication, can be used to help the environment and make a real difference. Mark works in conjunction with others who use their skills to raise environmental awareness and provoke action. He has worked with some of our own GreenHero eco-artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer and Gord Downie. Mark has also worked with hit-maker Broken Social Scene along with many more well-known names through Waterkeeper’s Swim, Drink, Fish Music project.



• See what new projects @waterkeepermark is pursuing on Twitter.
• Lake Ontario Waterkeep’s Facebook page will help keep you informed.


• Why not find your local chapter of Waterkeeps here and find out how you can advocate for the health of you local environment.

• Become an agent of change by becoming an agent of the E.B.I. The Environmental Bureau of Investigation works to improve the efficacy and application of environmental laws. Join to today to help Mark protect the environment!

• Enjoy some music for a good cause with Waterkeeper’s Swim, Drink, Fish Music project. Click through to learn more.


• Make legislation count for our environment! You and your friends can write to your MP anytime, A personal letter can go a long way to reaching a member of parliament. Click here to access the contact information for your local MP and tell them you are concerned about what our government is doing to protect our water resources.

• Get this short pamphlet and inform yourself about the dangers of bottled water and the harm it is doing to our lakes and water sources. There are several great suggestions about how to take action in your school, your home and there are even suggestions about how to contact your local MP.

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