City of Toronto now sending out sewage bypass alerts

Sewage piles up near the mouth of the Humber River. July, 2013. Photo by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. In July of 2014, Waterkeeper filed a request to the province to bring sewage bypass alerts to Toronto. The city notifies the Ministry of Environment every time a wastewater treatment plant bypasses, but those alerts are not made public.Fast forward three years later and Toronto, as of this month, is finally sending out public notifications for bypasses. The city…

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Wolfe Island Lit Fest Cancelled

The Lit Fest, scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24 at Brophy's Point on Wolfe Island, has been cancelled due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.Tonight's Music Showcase is carrying on as planned.The Lit Fest is part of the Kingston & Wolfe Island Culture Festival, which begins June 23 and carries right through to August 12. Please visit the Kingston & Wolfe Island Culture Festival page for a list of all scheduled events. 

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Gord Edgar Downie Pier: Just Perfect

Last night the City of Kingston unanimously approved a resolution to honour Gord Downie by naming the deep water swimming pier in the new Breakwater Park redevelopment The Gord Edgar Downie Pier.Most know Gord as a musician and member of The Tragically Hip, the Kingston band that created the quintessential Canadian soundtrack. However, Gord has also been a tireless champion and dedicated steward of Lake Ontario as a supporter and Board member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Gord…

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Waterkeeper’s newest summer partnership with Ausmosis

Photo: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper We’re excited to announce our summer partnership with Ausmosis.If you’re at all familiar with the Lake Ontario social scene - it won’t surprise you to hear that the Lake is a hot spot for surfing  - year round! With so much time spent on the water, surfers are frequently the first to show their support - and lend a hand -  for a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario. That’s just the…

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Waterkeeper introduces an interactive map of the proposed Eastern Mainline pipeline route

Map showing route of proposed Eastern Mainline pipe. Green represents existing pipeline, red indicates new Mainline construction and route. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is launching an interactive map of TransCanada’s proposed Eastern Mainline pipeline route.The Eastern Mainline project involves approximately 250 km of newly-build natural gas pipeline running from Markham, ON to Iroquois, ON. The pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter and require nine compressor units at five existing stations along its route, as well…

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Paddlefest attendees rally behind the Watermark Project

Paddlefest 2017, just before kick-off. Waterkeeper's booth is on the far left. Photo by Matt Flowers. This past weekend Lake Ontario Waterkeeper attended MEC Toronto Paddlefest 2017 at Sunnyside Beach. We had the chance to speak to recreational water users about water quality and condition of not just Lake Ontario, but water bodies across the country. The more we talked with people at our booth about water quality, the more they wanted to help do something about…

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Watermarks from IJC Public Meetings reveal secret to restoring Great Lakes

Larry Cavero and his daughters Keanna and Nailani seen here enjoying a beautiful day on Lake Ontario. Photo by Claire Lawson It’s taken 16 years of building legal cases and water literacy tools for us to uncover the secret ingredient to restoring our Great Lakes. Our team has known this secret for a while now, but only recently did we start validating it by listening to people through the Watermark Project.This secret ingredient is neither complicated…

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Summer Job Posting: Water Literacy Assistant – Toronto

Swim Drink Fish Canada is seeking a Summer Water Literacy Assistant for an 8-week contract to help with water awareness and community engagement in Toronto. This position is a perfect opportunity for someone passionate about protecting Toronto-area waters and eager to engage with the community. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and retain excellent communications skills.

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New Sewer Monitoring Innovation Makes Kingston Leader in Protecting Public Health, Great Lakes — Media Release

Kingston, ONTARIO – Utilities Kingston’s new real-time sewer monitoring system, a first in Ontario, is now live. The system alerts residents when untreated sewage overflows from waterfront pipes into Lake Ontario. It uses technology developed by Utilities Kingston to meet the needs of people who swim or boat in the city.“This is the gold standard for sewer monitoring and public notice,” says Mark Mattson, President of Swim Drink Fish Canada. “It gives people the information…

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