Information day celebrates eight municipalities signing up to protect water quality in Severn Sound catchment
On a day when storm warnings were in effect across Ontario, the town of Port McNicoll felt a respite during a water quality and environmental briefing.
The 2022 Lake Huron Georgian Bay Community Watershed Actions event was hosted by the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) this week in Port McNicoll.
“I think this is a great example of the partnership we were able to form 20 years ago with local municipalities,” said Tay Township Mayor Ted Walker.
About a dozen kiosks and information areas were set up in the Tay Community Rink surrounding the lounge area, allowing attendees to ask questions of experts who provided insight into regional environmental projects.
Several speeches were delivered by dignitaries such as Mayor Walker as well as Simcoe County Reeve and Tiny Township Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor of Tiny and SSEA President Steffen Walma and Councilor Justin Dumont of the Georgian Bay Métis Council.
Guest speakers included Kim Gavine, Executive Director of Conservation Ontario; Kevin Trimble, former president of the Muskoka Watershed Council and retired environmentalist; and Glenn Cunnington, Muskoka District Watershed Programs Manager.
Julie Cayley, Executive Director of the SSEA, said she was satisfied with the participation, both in person and at home.
“I hope this inspires people to understand that they make a difference, that working together is how we make a difference,” Cayley said.
“For us at Severn Sound Environmental Association, it was a great day to celebrate that our eight North Simcoe municipalities have come together – to work together to protect water quality – which is a truly unique development. We are very proud to be part of it.
Other groups involved in the event: Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority as co-organizer of the event; Georgian Bay forever; Gray Sauble Conservation Authority; Georgian Bay Biosphere; Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority; and the Simcoe County Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Miller’s Dairy in Creemore was also on hand to serve ice cream to attendees.
Cayley offered advice for residents wanting to help them with their own environmental awareness, starting with what they can do in their own neighborhood.
“Now is the time of year to start monitoring algae blooms and different aspects of water quality,” Cayley said. “We encourage anyone who sees something that concerns them to call the Severn Sound Environmental Association office or check our website and contact us that way.”
The 2022 Lake Huron Georgian Bay Community Watershed Actions event was livestreamed and recorded for attendees who were unable to attend in person, and is available on the SSEA YouTube channel.
Further details of the event and other information can be obtained from the Severn Sound Environmental Association website.