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A panel organized as part of Sierra Club Atlantic’s annual gathering on Saturday will explore threats and actions needs to protect Prince Edward Island’s precious and limited water resources.
“As an Island, we know our freshwater is limited, yet we currently do not have adequate measures in place to protect and conserve the water we need and ensure that we use it sustainably,” says Dr. Don Mazer of the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Society.
The panel will tackle the issue “P.E.I. Needs Clean Water, Come Join the Movement to Protect It!”
The Winter River watershed, has supplied all the water for the province’s capital, Charlottetown for more than 80 years.
“In the past several years, the impact of all of this water extraction on the health of the watershed have become increasingly evident with large sections of the stream drying up,” said Mazer.
"Our Island is surrounded by rich ocean life that sustains us," says Dr. Irene Novaczek of SOSS-P.E.I. “However, this life is threatened by climate change, pollution, and risky oil and gas development.”
Andrew Lush, of Don’t Frack P.E.I., says a new threat to P.E.I.’s water comes in the form of hydraulic fracturing, which consumes millions of litres and involves injecting thousands of litres of chemicals into the ground for each well drilled.
“One leak of toxic chemicals into our groundwater represents a serious threat to our home watersheds and our industries like fishing,” says Lush.
The annual meeting takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond St., Charlottetown. Attendees will be asked to contribute their thoughts on how they can take action to protect P.E.I.'s water via a video stations and other action stations.