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Something Fishy About Wastewater
BY Sherry Du
ON April 27, 2016
150 billion litres of untreated and undertreated wastewater enter Canadian waters each year. Even in treated wastewater, some contaminants are able to slip through the treatment process, ultimately being released into the environment. These include pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Once released into our water systems, these contaminants -- chemicals that are designed to alter our behav...
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Showing off Hamilton's Natural Beauty
BY Greg Lenko
ON April 20, 2016
The Escarpment Project Annual Clean-up was started in 2011 and quickly became an impressive movement to clean trails and waterfalls along the escarpment. People of all ages gather at various locations along the escarpment in Hamilton to help return it to its natural state.During the last clean-up, over 600 volunteers helped remove approximately 800 bags of litter plus furniture, car parts, bikes,...
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A Vision for West Harbour Development
BY Matt Pinder
ON April 19, 2016
This vision was prepared as an assignment for an online course I’m currently enrolled in, titled Designing Cities. For the assignment, we were asked to choose an area of our city in need of redevelopment and imagine what it could become by incorporating creative design features.   The Pier 7/8 area of Hamilton, Canada is a former industrial district that has been highlighted by th...
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Creating a Healthier Cootes
BY Gisela Tobien Sherman
ON April 6, 2016
3707 bags of garbage, 483 tires, 86,816 pounds of rubble, and 32,977 pounds of metal for a total of 186,024 pounds of litter and debris – this is what The Stewards of Cootes Watershed have removed since our founding in 2012. Why does this matter? Spencer Creek springs up somewhere near Paris, picks up 22 tributaries, and ends up as the largest, most significant watershed of Cootes...
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‘Water’ You Doing to Reduce your Stormwater Impact?
BY Leanne Collett
ON March 18, 2016
The mercury has begun to climb above sub-zero temperatures, the snow piles are beginning to recede and we will soon be packing away mittens and toques in our winter bins. While I’m sure this evokes images of colourful lilies and melting ice cream cones for many folks, my mind inevitably thinks about the spring freshet. The freshet is the period of time in the spring, generally April and May...
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Wetland Artistry: Ponds, Frogs, and Natural Charm
BY Judy Major-Girardin
ON March 7, 2016
The importance of wetland ecosystems are somewhat self-evident. Yet, the beauty, tranquility and natural charm of wetland ecosystems, such as Cootes Paradise, are often overlooked. Wetlands are teeming with unique and abundant wildlife that serve many important roles in our community. To highlight the innate allure of wetlands, artist Judy Major-Girardin has provided a few of her pieces to tell u...
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