SRB Technologies is back in the news – they have applied for authorization to receive tritium filled light sources for assembly at its facility located in Pembroke, Ontario. The CNSC will hold a one-day public hearing on the application by SRBT for an amendment to its Nuclear Substance Processing Facility Possession Licence.
The public is invited to comment on SRBT’s application for a licence amendment by providing a written submission by March 28th, 2007. However, there is no opportunity for the public to make an oral presentation at the hearing.
Waterkeepers across Canada are dealing with poorly treated or untreated sewage being dumped into their waterways. In the Ottawa river system there are over 90 wastewater treatment facilities dumping effluent into the river and over half of these facilities provide only primary treatment. In addition to receiving municipal wastewater effluent, our river system is also receiving significant quantities of untreated sewage coming from combined sewer overflows and sewage bypasses and spills that occur when systems are overloaded. During heavy rains it is common for many municipalities to bypass the treatment plant and deliberately discharge untreated sewage into the river because they have reached the capacity of their municipal system. Sewage spills and overflows can have significant human and aquatic health consequences as the sewage being released is untreated and contains pathogens, disease causing micro-organisms and nutrient-laden solids. Although facilities are often required to report spills and bypasses to the regulatory authorities, in Ontario the province is not required to release that information to the public. In Quebec, the public has access to the number of spills reported by each plant, but not the amounts spilled.
However, help may be on the way. Our Federal government is working on a Canada-wide strategy to deal with municipal wastewater effluent. Their intention is to write new regulations for municipal wastewater treatment facilities that would be enforced under the Federal Fisheries Act. Ottawa Riverkeeper has reviewed the strategy and participated in a national consultation on the details of the strategy. We want to ensure our river receives maximum protection and municipalities are held accountable to exercise due diligence to protect our aquatic ecosystems. We want to ensure your rights to swim safely in the river. You can read our submission to the Canadian Council of Ministers on the Environment regarding the strategy to reduce impacts from municipal wastewater.
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CLEAN Ottawa River!
Swim ~ Bike ~ Run
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We need volunteers for this fun event. For more info, contact Delphine Hasle.
Ottawa Riverkeeper volunteers are doing great things. Make your own positive contribution to our river:
Our volunteer coordination efforts are supported by the Community Foundation of Ottawa.
We have two summer jobs postings (paid positions):
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Mark your calendar and join us…
Best of the Waterwalker Film Festival
Tuesday April 10 – Ottawa
Level Six Capital Cup
Saturday April 21 – Bate Island
Shoreline clean up organized by Ottawa Riverkeeper & MEC
Sunday April 29 – Mud Lake, Ottawa
Ottawa Riverkeeper Presentation to the Township of Horton Council
Tuesday May 15 – Horton
Canadian Rivers Day
Sunday June 10 – Victoria to Petrie Is.
River Healing Journey
June 10 ~ June 14 – Ottawa River
Ottawa Riverkeeper Triathlon
Saturday June 16 – Ottawa
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday June 19 – Ottawa
Thursday June 21 – Pinhey’s Point
Ottawa Riverkeeper is part of a larger global movement. On 156 waterways around the world Waterkeepers are on patrol, standing up to polluters and enforcing our right to clean water. One of them is Grand Riverkeeper pictured here with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance.
Grand Riverkeeper is working to protect the Grand (Churchill) River in Labrador. Roberta and Clarice are not dealing with small issues on their river. They are standing up to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro as they are proposing to dam the river to build the Lower Churchill River Hydro Generation Project. Grand Riverkeeper has also brought significant attention to an ongoing local sewage issue – they are putting pressure on the council of Happy Valley-Goose Bay to clean up their practice of dumping raw sewage into the Churchill River.
We are happy to celebrate the first anniversary of the Ottawa Riverkeeper enews. Waves is now a monthly source of current and relevant information about our watershed. For more comprehensive yet understandable facts, check ottawariverkeeper.ca.
While most of the work we do is supported through grants, Waves is not. We are asking that you consider a financial contribution to support this unique service. Click here and contribute $10, $25, $50 or more to support Waves! A tax receipt will be available for all donations over $20. Thank you!
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Issue 11 - March 2007
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