Since its formation in 2001, POWI has earned widespread recognition for its ability to develop collaborative research, facilitate dialogue, and provide timely education on critical freshwater issues. Working collaboratively with experts, institutions, agencies and NGOs, POWI has developed discussion papers and hosted conferences on a range of important and emerging freshwater issues including:
- Groundwater in North America (2002) and the Great Lakes Basin (2003)
- Great Lakes water use, diversion and bulk water export (2004/2005)
- Water, energy and North American integration (2007)
- The impacts of oil sands development on the Athabasca River (2007)
- The downstream impacts of oil sands development on the Great Lakes (2008)
- A Model Act for preserving Canada’s waters from bulk export (2008)
- The impacts of carbon capture and storage on groundwater (2009)
- The impacts of shale gas development on water (2010)
- Environmental monitoring of oil sands development (2011)
- The future of the Columbia River Treaty (2012)
- Climate change, freshwater and the role of science (2012)
In 2007, POWI established the Canadian Water Issues Council (CWIC), a group of Canada’s most knowledgeable water experts, to provide advice on critical water issues.
Where appropriate, POWI translates reports into French.