.Walden Watershed Wellness Environmental Conference
From: Gwen Doyle, Communications
April 30, 2012
Thank You Letter To The Editor
‘Walden Watershed Wellness’
...Working Together Towards a Sustainable, HEALTHY Environment!
Walden-CAN’s FREE Environmental Conference on April 21st was
a huge success thanks to the support of:
Our Sponsors & Community Partners:
Councilor Jacques Barbeau, Vale, Lively District Secondary School, the
City of Greater Sudbury, Battistelli’s Your Independent Grocers,
Culligan, The Sudbury Credit Union, Walden Animal Hospital, Hia Media,
Lively IDA, Walden Medicine Shoppe, AMEC, Jim’s Portable Toilets, Tim
Hortons Lively, Walden Home Hardware, Walden Today and 1st
Waters Scouting Group.
Dr. David Pearson, Franco Mariotti, Dr. Gerard Courtin, Dr. Charles
Ramcharan, Linda Heron, Paul Sajatovic, Nick Benkovich, Stephen Butcher
and James Baxter-Gilbert
Julie Ozawagosh, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Elder
who closed our conference by sharing teaching about the ‘Water
Walk’ and blessing the water
Our Conference Committee:
Walden-CAN, members of Community Groups/Lake Stewardships/LDSS, Franco
Mariotti and Dr. Gerard Courtin
Our local Media
who helped us promote our FREE Environmental Conference.
And people of all ages who participated in ‘Walden Watershed Wellness’.
enthusiasm of the participants was inspiring...it was a great learning
experience for everyone...I’m sure that the knowledge & awareness of how
our watershed works will encourage people to protect & work
collaboratively towards keeping our watershed healthy for future
Neelje Van Roon, Chair Walden-CAN
‘Yellow Fish Road Program’...Part of Walden-CAN’s FREE Environmental
On April 21st, during the ‘Walden Watershed Wellness’
Conference, students from Lively District Secondary School will be
participating in the Yellow Fish Road Program. This program is
designed to promote watershed awareness.
Students will be painting yellow fish next to storm drains in the Lively
community in order to remind the public that whatever enters the drains
will flow directly into the nearest water body completely untreated.
Soaps, fertilizers, pesticides, oil and construction materials can
impact all aquatic life as well as humans that depend on their local
Door hangers will also be distributed throughout the community in order
to inform residents about the Yellow Fish Road Program.
LDSS Lake Panache Project!
As part of a project, funded by Learning for a Sustainable Future,
the students of Lively District Secondary School (LDSS) will set out to
see what the state of their largest community lake is, and determine how
other students and members of the Lively community can understand their
role as stewards of the lake.
An action plan was developed which included community activism,
scientific inquiry and a media awareness campaign.
In terms of community awareness, LDSS wanted to determine what the
current level of knowledge was in regards to water quality in Panache
and assess how this knowledge could be improved. Students were recently
surveyed and results were tallied. The information campaign is underway
at the school and students will be surveyed again in order to determine
whether the goal was successful.
Through scientific inquiry, students will conduct water testing to
confirm that the data that they were seeing in Lake Panache was
consistent across the lake.
Lastly, the media awareness portion of the project will involve the
creation of an informational animated video highlighting the project's
efforts and achievements.
Melissa Little, Science Teacher
Lively District Secondary School
Public Service Announcement
Walden-CAN Hosts FREE Environmental Conference
‘Walden Watershed Wellness’ April 21st
Saturday, April 21st Walden-CAN and Councilor Jacques Barbeau
will be hosting our FREE Environmental Conference- ‘Walden
Watershed Wellness’ from 8am – 2:30pm in Lively District
Topics for our conference include:
Understanding Watersheds [Plenary Session], Is Your Greenspace
Protected? What’s The Dam Problem on the Vermilion? Blue-Green Algae &
Lake Stewardships; Invasive Species & the Impact on Sudbury Watersheds;
Water Quality & Wastewater and Reptiles & Amphibians Conservation:
Dr. Dave Pearson, Franco Mariotti, Dr. Gerard Courtin,
Linda Heron, Stephen Butcher, Nick Benkovitch and James Baxter-Gilbert
Everyone is welcome to attend our FREE Environmental Conference
but you must Pre-Register to
participate so that we can work out all the logistics & determine the
costs etc well ahead of the conference. All refreshments and a “Brown
Bag’ Lunch will be provided for our Registered Participants.
Watch for our Pre-Registration Form/Fact Sheets at the Lively Citizen
Centre; print it from our website
or save the Form to file, fill in the info and email it to
details call Neeltje Van Roon, Chair, Walden-CAN at 705-866-0048