Be Well: Our Water is Worth Protecting

Plan to attend this webinar on Friday March 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CELA’s Executive Director and Counsel Theresa McClenaghan will be on the panel.

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Everyone should know where their drinking water comes from and that it is being protected. Did you know Waterloo Region relies on groundwater for drinking water which comes from underwater aquifers? When it rains or snow melts, the water soaks into the ground to fill the spaces between sand grains, rock or gravel in the aquifer. The Region of Waterloo manages over 120 wells that supply groundwater to homes and businesses across Waterloo Region; meanwhile, there are thousands of private wells that get water from various depths. Attend the event and listen to experts and community members talk about the importance of protecting our groundwater and the threats to it. Following the educational speakers, you will be given the opportunity to join other community members in a meeting with your local councillors/mayors. This is the perfect opportunity to engage in conversations that are important to you.

Sam Lernout: Citizens for Safe Ground Water)
What is groundwater? 95% of Region’s water comes from wells

Simon Courtenay: Director of the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) at University of Waterloo
Your own health is the sum of all things that go on. What we end up with is the sum of what has gone on and what will go on in the area. It is much easier to keep water clean in the first place than correct it later. If you have 1 thing in water you can predict the effects. If you have 2 or 3 or 4 things it starts getting much harder.

Susan Bryant: Elmira groundwater contamination expert.
Preventing contamination in the first place is the only real option for the environment—the cheapest and most effective one

 Theresa McClenaghan: Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association
What is the Source Protection Plan? How is it related to Walkerton? How are risks to our water identified and how can it be the SPP be improved? Our municipal wells are protected by the SPP but our private wells are not.

Leah Gerber: Grand River Watershed Reporter at Waterloo Region Record

To be followed by townhall break out room with your councillor (listen to the concerns of your constituents). Currently, every Township and City will have their own breakout rooms and will have another room for our guest speakers.

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