Thanks to Olivia Allen, SRA has started up a new youth group. Check it out on Facebook!
Building Fish Friends and Engaging our Youth
Sackville River Association; Sackville, NS
Our local watershed, including the Sackville River and Little Sackville River, has historically been home to healthy and robust populations of fish, including Atlantic salmon and trout.
Over the years, as industrial, commercial, recreational, business and residential development have expanded, we are witnessing the loss of the natural filtering capacity of the adjacent wetlands. We’re also seeing for ourselves the acceleration of runoff, increasing flooding as well as sedimentation and contamination of the water. There’s even a closed landfill here now!
Bottom line: our water quality is being destroyed, and so are the fish.
We only have a short window of opportunity—right now—to address some of the damage that has already been done. And we need to develop a plan for the long-term conservation of our watershed—before it’s too late.
Our Fish Friends program builds the next generation of steward to protect and restore our local watershed. Your gift will allow us to connect with students from grades 4, 5 and 6 about why we need our fish to thrive and why this watershed is so critically important to our community. And their teachers will be delighted that we’re helping build their mathematics, science, social studies and writing skills!
Go to our project page on the Shall Change Fund website to donate funds to the project. THank you very much to Small Change Fund for this fundraising opportunity and for your support of the Fish Friends 2014 program!
See below for the response from HRM regarding some questions posted to SRA about the planned transfer of composting leachate to the Highway 101 Landfill Leachate Treatment Plant
Although HRM in general is very green, just note how much hard surface there is around Bedford Place Mall and Sunnyside Mall, as well as the commercial buildings in the area. Imagine how the impact of all this impervious surface could be reduce with porous asphalt, pervious concrete, bioswales, and other surface treatments that could inject stormwater into the ground instead of running it off into our watercourses.