Local farmers need our help to tell Wilmot Township and the Region of Waterloo to abandon their new, surprise proposal to convert a massive area of our best farmland into a colossal industrial facility more than 8km in circumference. The environmental, climate change, and other impacts of such a huge facility in such an inappropriate distant location will be huge. There are far more sustainable locations closer to urban centres and required infrastructure. Speak up now to all levels of government to reject this absurd location and demand a better plan, more congruent with decades of regional planning focussed on long-term sustainability.

GREN is a proactive voice for the environment in the Grand River watershed

Grand River Environmental Network Members
• are activists, watchdogs, guardians, stewards and concerned citizens,
• support our communities by sharing information, expertise and experiences,
• foster environmental awareness and literacy, and
• promote respect for our natural world and an understanding of our place in it.


The Grand River Environmental Network regularly works on a wide variety of issues throughout our watershed. These activities vary over time and current issues that we are working on include:



GREN Members

The Grand River Environmental Network is comprised of individuals and groups from throughout the Grand River Watershed who are activists, watchdogs, guardians, and stewards. We support each other and share information, expertise and experiences. For over two decades, we have fostered environmental awareness and literacy while advocating on key issues to protect our natural world

Current GREN Executive

Guiding Principles

Our Belief

We must live and act with an awareness of and care for the needs of diverse life including human communities with whom we share the Grand River watershed as our home. This will ensure a thriving and fulfilling life for all.
Unfortunately, human activities have pushed us to the point where we threaten the capacity of the environment to provide the essentials for all life – water, air, energy, agricultural land, forests, wetlands and other habitats.

Our Commitment

GREN draws from the well of creative people in our communities to:

  • find innovative ways to live better with less;
  • work cooperatively to promote initiatives that restore, maintain and enhance the livability of all our communities;
  • not interfere with the ability of all life, not just human life, to thrive, and where we have already threatened these to restore, maintain and enhance those natural areas;
  • do so taking into account the needs of current and future generations

Our Current Goals

  • Eliminate urban sprawl; protect the hard urban-rural line to prevent intrusion into rural areas
  • Protect and enhance all natural areas in the Grand River watershed, such as Hidden Valley, and expand the Greenbelt protected areas
  • Implement aggressive water conservation and reuse programs instead of planning on outside water sources, such as pipelines and bottled water
  • Protect the quality of water sources by reserving and protecting groundwater recharge areas such as the Waterloo Moraine, the Guelph-Amabel Aquifer, and the Paris-Galt Moraine
  • Measurably improve air quality
  • Reduce private car use by improving infrastructure to support human-powered (walk/bike), public transportation, and shared transportation
  • Increase production, availability and purchase of local and organic food, and make it economically available to all
  • Reduce and/or eliminate toxic use and toxic and climate-changing emissions to land, water and air
  • Institute waste avoidance, reuse and recycling and composting programs to avoid disposal of garbage either through landfill or incineration. This will minimize the waste of resources and prevent environmental contamination
  • Decisions in our communities are made on the basis of the precautionary approach and principles of sustainability
  • Other goals as issues arise

GREN Policies

Decision Making

  • Consensus will be the normal way of making decisions; in cases of disagreement, voting as per Robert’s rules will be the method
  • Two members of the executive and three GREN members constitute a quorum for meetings
  • Members only make decisions. Meetings are open to guests
  • Members who can’t get to a meeting can be involved in discussions, decisions and voting by electronic correspondence
  • When quick decisions are needed, members will be invited to respond by e-mail, a decision will be made by the executive, and the item will be on the agenda for the next meeting
  • The agenda will be circulated at least a week prior to meetings so all members can participate in discussions and decisions



Currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic GREN is not holding in-person meetings. Normally, GREN meets regularly in various locations around the watershed in afternoon or evening meetings that often include a guest presentation, discussion and update of current events and issues. Guest are welcome at our meetings and we encourage you to join us.

GREN has a very active e-mail list-serv where members can share information and learn about what is happening throughout the watershed. Please contact us to become part of these informative communications.


Annual Membership Fee

STUDENTS: $10.00

Mail Membership Fees to:

Grand River Environmental Network,
Att'n: Treasurer
53 Menno Street, Waterloo, ON
Canada, N2L 2A6

  • Treasurer will share the names and contact info of GREN members with the executive
  • Treasurer will send e-mail invitation to all GREN members (member= paid up) to sign up for “member” list-serve. Treasurer will administer this general member list and add members as they reply
  • Each subcommittee will have a list administrator who will act as “gatekeeper” to that list—inviting members to join and allowing access only to those committee members
  • All postings on all lists will be archived, and those archives available to list members

Take Action

For Communications and Updates Join Mailing List


GREN works with a wide variety of partners across the Grand River watershed. Below are some of the organizations that we are currently working with

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Greenbelt Foundation


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Hold The Line Waterloo Region


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REEP Green Solutions


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Sustainable Waterloo Region


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Waterloo Region Nature



Here are some activities that Grand River Environmental Network has taken part in.


GREN and its membership are strong voices for nature in our communities and frequently work with media to raise awareness and engage the public in addressing the challenges and opportunities confronting us. We encourage you to reach out to us:

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You can contribute to GREN and the work we do.

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