VRS crew visit Wabagishik Generating Station at Lorne Falls, on the Vermilion River.VRS crew at spillway.
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VERMILION RIVER STEWARDSHIP
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Beaver Lake Sports & Cultural Club – 45 Club Road, Worthington, ON
SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: BOB FLOREAN AND ROLLY FRAPPIER
This dynamic duo will have you on the edge of your seats, with lots to share regarding their award winning local stream and fishery rehabilitation and resource stewardship initiatives.
Bob Florean is retired from 38 years working for the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, as a Fish & Wildlife Specialist and Stewardship Coordinator. Bob is also an avid fisherman, whose outdoor related passions include working with various community stewardship champions to enhance, protect and restore compromised natural resource values. Bob is also the founder of the award winning Manitoulin Streams Improvement Assoc.
Rolly Frappier is the founder of the United Walleye Club, which linked resource management agencies and community-based efforts to cooperatively carry out education, extensive walleye culture and stocking efforts in the Sudbury District. Rolly is a passionate outdoorsman and community natural resource stewardship leader who has led successful efforts to lobby for and better manage and improve fisheries and wildlife populations in the near north and Sudbury region, including Wabagishik Lake. He is presently focused on delivering a citizen science school based micro-hatchery education program via his Micro-Hatchery Inc..
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The Vermilion River Stewardship is writing to request that Council support the Motion to maintain jurisdiction and maintenance over the Wirtanen Road and stub, and all other Trespass Roads throughout the Greater City of Sudbury.
As part of the Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Monitoring Project, funded through a 3-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, Carrie Strangway completed her Master’s Thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a degree of Master of Science in the Faculty of Science, Applied Bioscience, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. What follows is Carrie’s published Thesis:
Abstract The Vermilion River and major tributaries (VRMT) are located in the Vermilion watershed (4272 km2) in north-central Ontario, Canada. This watershed not only is dominated by natural land-cover but also has a legacy of mining and other development activities. The VRMT receive various point (e.g., sewage effluent) and non-point (e.g., mining activity runoff) inputs, in addition to flow regulation features.
Further development in the Vermilion watershed has been proposed, raising concerns about cumulative impacts to ecosystem health in the VRMT. Due to the lack of historical assessments on riverine-health in the VRMT, a comprehensive suite of water quality parameters was collected monthly at 28 sites during the ice-free period of 2013 and 2014. Canadian water quality guidelines and objectives were not met by an assortment of water quality parameters, including nutrients and metals. This demonstrates that the VRMT is an impacted system with several pollution hotspots, particularly downstream of wastewater treatment facilities. Water quality throughout the river system appeared to be influenced by three distinct land-cover categories: forest, barren, and agriculture.
Three spatial pathway models (geographical, topographical, and river network) were employed to assess the complex interactions between spatial pathways, stressors, and water quality condition. Topographical landscape analyses were performed at five different scales, where the strongest relationships between water quality and land-use occurred at the catchment scale. Sites on the main stem of Junction Creek, a tributary impacted by industrial and urban development, had above average concentrations for the majority of water quality parameters measured, including metals and nitrogen. The river network pathway (i.e., asymmetric eigenvector map (AEM)) and topographical feature (i.e., catchment land-use) models explained most of the variation in water quality (62.2%), indicating that they may be useful tools in assessing the spatial determinants of water quality decline. Read more →
Large volumes of untreated and undertreated wastewater are being released into our local creeks, rivers, and lakes when heavy rain events occur, and this will become increasingly problematic as the climate warms. For example, on the 4th of April last spring, within 24 hours a Major primary bypass of 122,404 m3, or 122,404,000 litres, of raw sewage was released into the Vermilion River, and in February 65,169 m3, or 65,169,000 litres, was released. Read more →
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Saturday, the 27th of May, to help clean-up the Vermilion River and Wabagishik Lake. A special thanks to the Basso Family, the Whitefish Lion’s Club, and Vrab’s Independent Grocers, for providing our volunteers with a hot and tasty lunch. As you can see we collected a BIG pile of garbage – so a very productive and fun day!! Check out the photos:
The Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance extends an invitation to attend an information session, “Milfoil Madness” on April 11th, 2017, at 6:30 pm, Lockerby Legion, Long Lake Road.
Featuring 2 presenters from the Ottawa area: Giorgio Vecco and Rob Perrins. As 18 lakes have been invaded by Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) in our City of Lakes, there is avid interest in their latest research and new technology to control/manage EWM.Milfoil-Madness-GSWA