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Lower Vermilion Water Quality Monitoring Project – VRS presentation to Vale

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2015 Vermilion River Clean-up – Wabagishik Lake

Thank you to all our Vermilion River Stewardship volunteers who came out to help in our 1st Annual River Clean-up last Sunday, 7th of June.   Also, a BIG THANK YOU to VRABS Independent Grocers for the contribution towards our barbecue lunch, and for the Basso Family for feeding all our volunteers!

The forecast called for rain, but we were pleasantly surprised to have about 30 people show up to help in our clean-up – and the rain stayed away until just as we were leaving.

Bug spray, bug jackets, and an enthusiastic willingness to make a difference were in abundance!!  A great time was had by all, and Wabagishik Lake and the Vermilion River are looking fantastic!

I hope no one was nipped by the poison ivy!

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Press Release: Sudbury Takes Strong Action to Protect its Citizens

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The VRS wishes to thank the City of Greater Sudbury, Jacques Barbeau, Michael Vagnini, and Sudbury Water/Wastewater staff for taking strong action to protect the health and safety of its citizens“, said Linda Heron, Chair of the VRS.

The City of Greater Sudbury has provided a Sewer Bypass Alert Notification, whereby you can register to receive email notification whenever there is a sewage bypass or wastewater overflow at any of their wastewater treatment facilities.

The Vermilion River Stewardship (VRS) lobbied for this real-time Alert to ensure those families relying on the receiving lakes and rivers for their household water and/or recreational activities are notified whenever a bypass occurs, and can take appropriate action.

You are encouraged to register here to receive Alerts when a sewage bypass or spill occurs.  All bypass events will be posted at this location for a period of 7 days after the bypass has ended. Monthly bypass and overflow reports are also available on the Stewardship page.

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2015 Vermilion River Clean-up

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Please Join us for our Vermilion River Clean-up

The Vermilion River Stewardship is holding its first Vermilion River Clean-up on Wabagishik Lake, scheduled for Sunday, 7 June 2015, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We invite you to come out to help clean up the litter in and around the lake and river.  Please bring your camera along to help record the event.

You must register to take part in this fun community building event by Monday, 25 May 2015.  You can send an email to info@VermilionRiverStewards.ca to let us know that you will participate.

Volunteers should arrive at the Wabagishik Road Boat Launch by 9:45 am (see map below).  Everyone will be transported by barge to key shoreline areas where litter and garbage will be collected.

VRS will be providing a barbecue lunch for all our volunteers.

The total amount of garbage collected during the event, and the most interesting find, will be shared on this page. Watch for details to come in the weeks following the event!

Stay tuned with what our volunteers are up to during the event through Twitter or Facebook .

Note:  Come dressed for the occasion – you should bring along a life jacket, rubber gloves and boots – waders would be a great idea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sewage Bypass Alert – City Council Motion

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Jacques Barbeau championed this Motion at a City Council Meeting on the 4th of November 2014.  The Motion was passed unanimously, with slight amendments.   The City of Sudbury is demonstrating transparency and placing public health and safety first when it comes to sewage bypass events.  The City will adopt the model used by the City of Kingston, where city residents are notified of a sewage bypass event shortly after it occurs.   A big thank you to Jacques Barbeau and the City of Sudbury!! Read the rest of this entry »

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EBR Application for Review – Alternative Bypass Reporting Procedures – ORA to MOECC

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There are numerous Waste Water Treatment Facilities (WWTF) across the province releasing treated, untreated and partially treated effluent into streams and rivers that run through large and small communities that also rely on river water for their public and private drinking water and general household uses. Increasing incidences of extreme rain events are making overflow and bypass of sewage a common and necessary strategy for many WWTF’s in Ontario. ORA understand that in the short-term this is done in order to avoid back-ups into their treatment facilities as well as individual residences; however, in the long-term there must be a province-wide strategy to avoid untreated and partially treated releases of sewage effluent into the environment.

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Protect Your Lake – Protect Your Investment – Septic System Handbook – Courtesy of Fairbank Lake Camp Owner’s Association

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Greater Sudbury is the “City of Lakes” and many people living on waterfront properties are dedicated to protecting the water quality around their homes. Recently, several lakes in the Sudbury area have developed blue/green algae blooms affecting drinking water and closing beaches.

Some of the causes of algae blooms are faulty septic systems, storm water run-off and increased levels of phosphorus and nitrogen.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

Everything is connected!

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Living with Dams – Know your Risks

These two e-booklets were prepared by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).

Check out the “Know Your Risks” and “Extreme Rainfall Events” booklets.


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Interview by Vocal Vibes – Deep Waters

Deep Waters – the latest edition of Vocal Vibes Podcast

Vocal Vibes recently interviewed Linda Heron, Chair of the Vermilion River Stewardship and the Ontario Rivers Alliance.

We all live in a watershed.  That’s not something most North Americans think about, even though we turn on our taps many times a day, wash our cars, fertilize our lawns, or throw away toxic substances.  The Deep Waters edition of Vocal Vibes dives into water quality, a type of bloom that you don’t want, and small victories.

Click here to listen to the interview.

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Ella Lake – Blue-green Algae Bloom

 

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THANK YOU ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION, KGHM INTERNATIONAL & CONSERVATION SUDBURY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

The Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Program is a 3 year study to characterize the lower Vermilion River to identify all negative inputs and outputs affecting water quality, and to ultimately recommend a course of action to protect and restore water quality on the Vermilion River system.