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Bow River News - Aug 22nd, 2007

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Contents

  1. Seeking your opinion on Water for Life by August 24!
  2. Stop by the Ship & Anchor to Support Bow Riverkeeper!
  3. Water Quality Problems on Alberta’s Rivers?
  4. Bow Basin Watershed Management Plan, Phase One: Surface Water Quality
  5. Weeding Out the Myths: Pesticides in Our Water
  6. Concerned about pesticides and live in Calgary?

1. Seeking your opinion on Water for Life by August 24!

Do you have an opinion on the current progress of the Water for Life Strategy? If so, submit your comments to the Alberta Water Council by August 24, 2007. The AWC is interested in your thoughts on where Water for Life has succeeded and where it requires renewed emphasis and attention to emerging issues. Contact Bow Riverkeeper for workbooks or follow the link below:

http://www.waterforlife.gov.ab.ca/awc/renewal/index.html
Read more: http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/node/161

2. Stop by the Ship & Anchor to Support Bow Riverkeeper!

Clean water, good beer. Over the course of August 2007, one dollar for every Creemore Springs Lager beer you drink at the Ship and Anchor in downtown Calgary will be donated to Bow Riverkeeper. Support from Creemore Springs and Ship and Anchor is making this possible. Not only will you be supporting Bow Riverkeeper, but you will also have a chance to win a canoe from Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Stop by the Ship and Anchor at 534 17th Ave SW Calgary, AB.

3. Water Quality Problems on Alberta’s Rivers?

A recent Alberta government report indicated that water quality on four of Alberta's six rivers declined in 2005-2006 from previous years. Media attention spurred as a result of this report raised two questions: To what degree did stormwater runoff during the 2005 flooding play a role in this decrease of water quality? What is the Alberta's Water Quality Index (WQI) and what does it tell us — and not tell us — about the state of Alberta's rivers?

Read more: http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/node/159

4. Bow Basin Watershed Management Plan, Phase One: Surface Water Quality

The Bow River emerges from glaciers in the Rocky Mountains and many might consider the river's water to be quite pure. Yet, quality concerns persist in the watershed. The Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) aims to improve water quality in the Bow River watershed by setting water quality objectives.

Read more: http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/node/158

5. Weeding Out the Myths: Pesticides in Our Water

If you enjoy a leaf or two of Taraxacum officinale (that is, dandelion) in your salad, you are certainly among the minority. And if you savour your ants when they are chocolate covered, well, enough said. For the most part, our society prefers a green lawn, without yellow polka dots, and our chocolate "pure", without the added protein boost of a "pest", thank you very much.

Read more: http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/node/157

6. Concerned about pesticides and live in Calgary?

Look up the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary. This is a new non-profit organization that is asking Calgary City Council to pass a bylaw in 2008 to phase out the use of unnecessary pesticides on private and public lands in Calgary. They're making this an election issue for the upcoming Municipal election in October 2007. Visit their website for how to take action to advocate phasing out pesticide use and for more information about the harms of pesticides and natural landscaping techniques and resources.

Visit http://www.healthycalgary.ca for more information.

Posted August 22, 2007 by Anonymous

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