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Making the Connection: the Drain and the Harbour
BY Lizanne Pharand
ON May 21, 2015
Many of us make efforts to conserve water by limiting lawn watering, turning off the tap while we brush our teeth, or by ensuring that we have water efficient fixtures and appliances in our homes. The benefits of water conservation are numerous, including reducing water bills and helping manage freshwater as a sustainable resource. But what about the water that goes down the drain? Have you ever s...
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Pier 4 Beach, Hamilton Harbour: Success and Challenges
BY Jacqui Milne
ON May 10, 2015
Hamilton Harbour is an approximately 2300 ha embayment that provides a vital role in recreational activities for 500,000 people in the City of Hamilton and 4,000 people in the City of Aldershot. Previous to 1990, the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (HHRAP) committee determined that less than 5% of the City of Hamilton’s shoreline was accessible to the public. Support from various stake...
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2015 Hamilton Environmental Summit
BY Jordan Grieve
ON April 13, 2015
Greetings Hamilton!  April is very exciting time of year for Hamiltonians with a passion for the environment. And why wouldn’t it be with the spring weather starting, Earth Day coming up and of course our third annual Hamilton Environmental Summit?  The Environmental Summit originated three years ago as a platform to highlight accomplishments and address the critical issues in Hami...
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When a Tree is Planted do People Cheer?
BY Salma Burney
ON April 2, 2015
We all remember this philosophical saying:  "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" However residents in the Westdale area, near Churchill Park, will hear cheers and claps when 1,000 trees are planted! With the generous support of Walmart Evergreen & Hamilton’s Blue Dot, members of Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington are busily preparing f...
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What a Difference a Year Makes
BY Chris McLaughlin
ON March 13, 2015
When BARC launched a new website a year ago we hoped that it would serve as an online community forum for local water concerns. But more importantly, we hoped that it would help the people of Hamilton and Burlington celebrate their connection with Hamilton Harbour and its amazing and diverse watershed.Well, what a difference a year makes. Thousands of visitors have spent time on our site, in parti...
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Decommissioning a Dam, Restoring a Creek
BY Lisa Jennings
ON March 8, 2015
The Crooks’ Hollow Dam was located on Spencer Creek (cool-water system) near the community of Greensville. The dam was constructed in 1916 to supply water to the community of Dundas; this function ended when a municipal water supply was established for Dundas. Between 1959 and 2001, the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club used the reservoir as a source of water for irrigation. The reservoir...
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