A little murky water

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So several months ago, I found myself attending meetings to learn about Plan B. A couple months ago I found myself standing at Province House with a sign 'Stop Plan B'. Several weeks ago, I found myself camping in the Hemlock ravine on the Plan B site. And last weekend, I found myself learning about the mitigations put in place to ensure that the small waterways crossing the Plan B site that feed larger waterways are not clogged with silt.

The fact that I am finding myself doing all sorts of new and interesting things aside, I am now spending my mornings reading all I can about silt and sediment. Before last weekend, I had thought 'aren't all waterways on P.E.I. red after it rains?'

It turns out that silt and sediment is a big deal and that 'a little murky water' is more than just something to notice. Silt and sediment in the waterways occurs naturally. It's when this occurs unnaturally that there is a problem. No, wait, it's when it occurs unnaturally and no one cares, that there is a problem. Basically all the parts of the ecosystem within a waterway are affected. Google it, there are lots of great articles that are easy to read and easy to understand.

Hearing the lead engineer on the Plan B project refer to the failing of mitigations put in place to protect waterways from silt/sediment as 'a small event' is very disheartening. It means not only his value of the waterways is very low, but also that he suspects the public will not care. And he knows that not only does the public have to be educated about issues like silt, they would have to go out of their way to find out if silt is actually a problem on the Plan B site.

So now apparently I will have to find myself locating all the small waterways on the Plan B site and learning how to sample water.

Renee Dionne,


Organizations: Province House, Google

Geographic location: Hemlock, Charlottetown

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