Help us design, build, and deploy our new mobile lab

In 2023, we aim to track water pollution in BC with a new mobile lab!

Last month, many of our supporters voted for us in Land Rover’s Defender Series Award when we were trying to win a vehicle to use as a mobile lab. While we were unsuccessful in that contest, we are so grateful for the outpouring of this support! 

The idea to build a mobile lab wasn’t born from the Land Rover contest. Since the summer, we’ve been working behind the scenes to design, build, and deploy a mobile, community-oriented lab in support of healthy waters in BC. We are calling the mobile lab Tracker, and it will be the cornerstone of our Healthy Waters program.

Our mobile lab will fill a notable gap, as there currently exists no standardized, high quality water monitoring in BC; this severely limits our understanding of emerging pollution concerns in fish habitat and communities. Tracker will be available for regular onsite water quality assessments in select watersheds, deliver expert insight into detected pollutants, and provide advice in support of community water pollution solutions. The Tracker team will work alongside First Nations and other communities to build capacity and train watershed stewards. 

Did you know?

  • Killer whales in British Columbia are the most contaminated marine mammals in the world
  • Fraser salmon must migrate through thousands of pollutant releases containing chemicals, drugs, and cleaning agents
  • 20% of BC homes have unsafe levels of the neurotoxic metal lead (Pb) in drinking water

Water is essential for life. Water creates and sustains healthy habitats for salmon and for killer whales, and people are intimately involved in the water cycle. Tracker will help monitor climate-associated changes in water quantity and quality, and inform community actions to protect and restore fish habitat and  watersheds. 

We need your help

  • Contribute to the acquisition of a suitable vehicle
  • Contribute to the design and modification of the vehicle
  • Contribute to the acquisition of analytical equipment for the mobile lab
  • Contribute to field and safety gear
  • Contribute to our annual operating cost (insurance, fuel and maintenance)

For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Ross at 250-217-3755 or or Lauren Duboisset-Broust at

To celebrate the end of the year, we are so happy to be able to offer matching campaigns on two of our most pressing fundraising initiatives.

All donations to both the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure acquisition and our KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest initiative, will be matched until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity for our supporters, like you, to make your impact go twice as far, while benefiting from tax deductions.

Help us secure KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island). Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast is raising $2.18 million to purchase a 45 acre coastal property on the edge of the Salish Sea.

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.