Category Archives: Environment
Greetings Water Watchers!
We have recently submitted 3 project ideas to The Elevator Project – a dynamic process that involves lots of people in generating and supporting innovative ideas that will make Guelph even more amazing!
Check out all of the incredible projects happening in Guelph! Please take a moment to vote on the ideas that you want to have move forward – it is only open for votinguntil Feb 9th so move fast.
See the project list here: http://theelevatorproject.ca/shop/
Vote for your top 5 ideas here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ElevatorProjectRoundOne
Voting will close at midnight on Sunday February 9th. Feel free to … Read the rest
Blue Drinks Toronto presents…
A Big Win for Groundwater Management in Ontario
The first in our 2014 Drink N’ Learn Series!
In October of last year, the water bottling company, Nestlé, withdrew its appeal on drought restrictions on their water permit for their site near Guelph, ON. This was a big win for the Wellington Water Watchers, the Council of Canadians, and their legal counsel, Ecojustice.
As much as there is … Read the rest
Dropping water demand pushes pipeline idea beyond 2051
Waterloo Region Record
Region of Waterloo maintenance operator John Marton goes about his work at the Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant in Kitcheneron Monday. An update to the region’s water supply plan says that local water sources will be sufficient for the coming decades.
WATERLOO REGION — A controversial and costly plan to pipe water from Lake Erie to the region won’t become a reality anytime soon.
Thanks to aggressive conservation efforts and declining demand, regional planners are confident that local water sources will be sufficient for the coming decades.
The latest update
The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Grand River and its major tributaries (Speed, Eramosa, Nith and Conestogo) as Canadian Heritage Rivers.
As a requirement for maintaining this special status, the GRCA on behalf of watershed municipalities and residents, is responsible for submitting a 20-Year Monitoring Report to the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board. This report will note changes, additions and losses to the human heritage and recreation features and values which support the designation since the last monitoring report was submitted in 2004. A listing and description of the human heritage features and values
TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO BAN BEE-KILLING PESTICIDE
The Wellington Water Watchers is a member of the Friends of Pollinators Action Coalition, so please act on the information below and request that Canada impose a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
In the spring of 2013, the European Union, after reviewing the compelling evidence, voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In September 2013 this is what the Canadian Government said about these pesticides: “Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are affecting the environment
Last fall, the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”) renewed Nestlé’s Permit To Take Water for the well site which it operates in Hillsburgh. As part of this renewal, the MOE placed mandatory restrictions on the amount of water that Nestlé would be allowed to pump during drought conditions. Nestlé appealed these restrictions to the Environmental Review Tribunal.
In February of this year, Wellington Water Watchers (“WWW”) partnered up with the Council of Canadians (“COC”) to seek Party status in the appeal, with both groups receiving representation from Ecojustice. At the preliminary hearing, despite the objections of both Nestlé and the … Read the rest
A Roadmap for the Future of the Grand River Watershed: Grand River Water Management Plan Wednesday Workshop Series
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
January 23, 2013: Taking action to improve water quality
February 6, 2013: Securing our water supplies
February 20, 2013: Adapting to climate change
The partners of the Grand River Water Management Plan are hosting a series of discussions about key issues affecting the watershed and the actions needed to address them. The feedback received will be used by the partners of the Water Management Plan in their decisions about the actions needed to maintain a healthy watershed.
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Check out the above link for a presentation we gave the Guelph Civic League last year about the impacts of the Dolime Quarry on our water and land.
If anyone asks you ‘why should I care about the Quarry?” you’ll be able to answer them like a pro.… Read the rest