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
Response to Sackville Rivers Association – 5Nov13 – v1.2
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.
See below for some highlights of the dinner auction.
Winner of the Via Rail Canada Return Trip for 2 to Montreal – Carolyn Harvey
On Friday September 13th, 2013, the SRA will be holding its 10th Annual Dinner and Auction at the Sackville Legion. Please call our office at 865-9238 if you are able to volunteer your time.
Your donation of any item for the auction would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to attend the dinner, tickets are currently on sale at $30 per person. Get your tickets now before we are sold out.
If you would like to report a silt event observed anywhere within the Sackville River Watershed, please call one of the following numbers:
24 Hour Number: 1800-565-1633 (Local 6200)
(Press 1 for Eglish, 2 for the Pollution Line)
Halifax Regional Municipality: 311
Sackville Rivers Association: 865-9238
Give the address if you know where the silt is coming from. It is important to call in EVERY TIME the Sackville River turns brown. Help protect our river!!!
“Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.”
To: Flies & Lies List
Just a reminder that our first Flies & Lies, for the upcoming year, is at the Sackville Legion at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept 10th.
Flies & Lies starts at 7:00 pm and ends when we all leave. It is held on the bottom floor of the Calais Branch, Royal Canadian Legion, 45 Sackville Cross Rd, Lower Sackville on the following dates:
10 & 25 SEP; 8 & 30 OCT; 12 & 27 NOV; 10 DEC 2013
14 & 29 JAN; 11 & 26 FEB; 11 & 26 MAR; 8 & 30 APR 2014
*** On Nov 27 we will meet upstairs in the Sun Room as there is a Legion function that evening. See the note below regarding how to access this area.
There will be times this year that we may be bumped upstairs due to a paid Legion function. If you arrive for Flies & Lies and find a different group of people there that means we will meet upstairs at the back of the Legion in the Sunroom. Go outside then around to the back of the Legion, up the stairs and buzz the bartender for entrance.
See below an interview with Walter Regan by the Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter RE Walters River Walk coming up on Saturday August 24th.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkSAjboLMko
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fp0XfkB3o4
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p77T4Lh72pI
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p11SFZqGIdg
What can you see behind Walter around 2 minutes and 20 seconds into part 3?
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