Volume 2 July, 2019

PRC Update
Conference and tour of demonstration sites
The sun was shining and the temperature hot, hot, hot on June 26 and 27, 2019, when the Thames River PRC hosted more than 50 people in the Chatham and London areas.

Participants from the government, universities, environmental groups, First Nations, conservation authorities, farm organizations and more were treated to educational mornings with presentations about the science and technologies being tested followed by tours of the demonstration sites in the afternoons.

More details about the conference are here.

 Projects moving ahead to prevent Lake Erie algae - Phosphorus targeted for removal

We're moving into summer by installing and testing technologies that intercept and remove phosphorus from agricultural runoff. Phosphorus entering the system contributes to the growth of harmful algal blooms in the Thames River and Lake Erie. A summary of projects, where they are and what's happening is available here .
Spotlight on companies who are working with us

SiltSock Environmental
Gary Walker (left) and Peter Phillips (right) of SiltSock Environmental talk to bus tour participants about how their technology works during the Thames River PRC conference on June 26 and 27.

The company's 'socks' are being used at several of our demonstration sites.

Gary's conference presentation is available here

More information about SiltSock Environmental is here .
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Annual Conference
Living Blue, Transforming Waterfronts was the theme of the GLSLCI's annual conference held June 5 and 6, 2019.

Results of roundtables, speaker presentations and more are available here.
Great Lakes Action Plan published

On June 18, 2019 an independent panel with experts released recommendations for the federal, Ontario governments to safeguard the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Action Plan 2030 focuses on four key challenges: climate change, toxics and other harmful pollutants,  nutrients,  beaches and bacteriological contamination.

The Nutrients Issue table was co- chaired by Dale Cowan, Senior Agronomist and Sales Manager with AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperative a large farmer owned cooperative serving SW Ontario and  Gayle Woods, a former CAO for multiple Conservation Authorities.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Initiative is one of five founding organizations supporting this work.
We'll be at these upcoming events

August 18-21, 2019
Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual General Meeting. Ottawa. C ome hear the presentation on PRC on Tuesday August 20 in the Water Technology session at 10.30 to 11.45 a.m.
October 25, 2019
Drainage Engineer's conference. Guelph.
November 19 to 21, 2019
Latornell Conservation Symposium. Alliston .
New on the web

  • See our Idea Pool page for updates on what's going on in the world of water and phosphorus.
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