Category Archives: Guelph
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
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
Despite considerable concern and opposition in the community, on September 28th this year Nestle Waters’ permit to take 1.1 million litres of water per day from a well near Hillsburgh, Ontario was renewed. Since then, Nestle Waters has filed an appeal that challenges provisions of the permit that would place mandatory restrictions on its water-taking operations during periods of drought.
Join us on Thursday November 1 for a public screening of the film Bottled Life along with a short presentation from Nick Green of Friends of Hillsburgh Water on their ongoing efforts to challenge Nestle’s water taking in Hillsburgh.
When: … Read the rest
GUELPH, ONTARIO – The 2012 Fresh Water Jamboree will be held at Riverside Park at the Bandshell on Saturday August 4, 2012, from 11am to 11pm.
The Fresh Water Jamboree is an annual one-day family music festival established to help raise awareness about “fresh water” in Wellington County, the province of Ontario and across Canada. Be The Artist, a Guelph-based organization that promotes musicians and environmental initiatives, launched Guelph’s first “green” music festival in 2008. www.freshwater.betheartist.ca
“We’re expecting to see 1000 or 2000 people at the event this year,” says festival organizer Chris Williams. “We’ve had so many local musicians … Read the rest
Join the GRCF and Borealis Grille and Bar for an evening of food and drink – all to support restoration projects along the Grand River and its tributaries.
The annual River Restoration Fundraiser and Brewer’s Feast takes place Monday, July 23rd, at 7pm. Please contact your restaurant of choice to RSVP.
Borealis Restaurant, Kitchener: (519) 219-9007
Borealis Restaurant, Guelph: (519) 265-9007
Woolwich Arrow Pub, Guelph: (519) 836-2875
Proceedes from Borealis Kitchener and Guelph will support the Grand River Conservation Foundation while proceeds from the Woolwich Arrow Pub will support the Speed River Project.
Tickets are $70.00 and are almost sold … Read the rest
Stay tuned for more information regarding our partnership with The City of Guelph water conservation department and the promotion of water movies. Our first screening, Waterlife, at Casey’s restaurant was a great success.… Read the rest
The Bookshelf in Guelph has 3 showtimes for the Last Call at the Oasis, a documentary that “presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century”.
Movie website http://www.lastcallattheoasis.com/
Showtimes at The Bookshelf
Tuesday June 19th: 9:00 pm
Wednesday June 20th: 9:00 pm
Thursday June 21 6:30 pm … Read the rest
Hundreds of people attended the Wellington Water Watchers’ Two Rivers Festival celebration on Friday June 15th on the banks of the Speed River where it meets the Eramosa. It is the 20th birthday of the special covered bridge and we wanted to honour it in style! James Gordon wrote special music that was choreographed (by Tanya Williams) to dancers in the canoes, he was accompanied by Shannon Kingsbury. Following the river dance people were treated to 4 amazing acts at the Boathouse cafe: Doug Larson played awesome solo music followed by Jenikz and their unique flare, Shannon Kingsbury Band and … Read the rest
The following letter was sent to Mayor Farbridge and City Hall regarding the proposed update to Guelph’s Official Plan (OPA 48):
June 5, 2012
1 Carden St.
Dear Mayor Farbridge and City Council,
On behalf of the board of Wellington Water Watchers, I would like to add our support for the inclusion of strong, clear and explicit protection of our natural waterways within the City’s Official Plan.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this issue further.
Wellington Water Watchers… Read the rest
The Wellington Water Watchers in partnership with the Council of Canadians and with full endorsement from The Polaris Institute, submitted a Request for Review (RFR) to the Environment Commissioner in March. This RFR focused on the need to revamp the permit to take water (pttw) process as it applies to the bottled water industry and challenged the MOE’s statement of environmental values that we believe were not being honoured. Other concerns centred on the continuous flow of trucks and related pollution and lowering of quality of life for those affected, and the long term effects of climate change on water … Read the rest