The state of contamination and pollution problems in the Thunder Bay Harbour, and the efforts to remediate them, will be brought into the spotlight Monday March 18th at the North Shore Remedial Action Plan’s Open House. The impacts of stormwater (surface water runoff from rain or snow melt) in Thunder Bay will be the focus of the event.
Stormwater has the potential to transport large amounts of contaminants into water bodies. Think oil spills, road salt, washing fluids and pet waste, to name a few. Stormwater can also do more than pollute the Lake; it can lead to flooding during heavy rainfalls. Governing agencies, academic institutions, and local organizations are partnering to heighten awareness of this important but often overlooked environmental issue in Thunder Bay.
Guest speakers Matthew Child from the International Joint Commission and Bradley Doff from SMARTGreening will be giving informative talks starting at 6:30 PM on the issues surrounding stormwater and provide a way to move forward. Information displays presented by local partners will offer practical tips on what individuals can do at home to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater. Information on rain barrels, rain gardens and the City of Thunder Bay’s Drainage Rebate Program will all be at hand. Art work from local artist Luke Nicol will be displayed, free appetizers will be served, and door prizes will be given away.
Download the RAP Open House Poster.
The Green Community, Clean Waters: A Positive Perspective on Stormwater Management event will be held at the Waterfront Baggage Building Art Centre, Monday March 18th from 4-8PM. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (807) 343-8504.
Partners for this event include Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Lakehead University, EarthWise Thunder Bay, the City of Thunder Bay Parks Division, EcoSuperior Environmental Programs, the North Shore Steelhead Association, Thunder Bay District Stewardship Council, the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority and Confederation College.