Monthly Archives: January 2019

Guelph recognized as water efficient.

Guelph is the first Canadian city recognized with being water efficient. Conservation and efficiency are a community priority.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency has given their silver level recognition to Guelph. They are being recognized for their innovative and successful  efforts based on how the city meets the American Water Works Association G480 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standards.  These standards are considered best in class for developing, delivering, and evaluating water conservation programs.

The community priority is seen in the overall usage rate. Guelph residents use water at well below the provincial and national averages.

Guelph is one of the largest communities to rely on groundwater for its municipal water supply.

Greenland is melting…

Greenland is melting faster than scientist originally predicated..leading to faster sea-level rise due to our warming planet.

Large chunks of glacier continually fall in the southeast and northwest, making these areas popular for study, as these chunks float away and melt. A new study found the largest constant ice loss from 2003-2013 came from Greenland’s southwest region, an area not known for its glaciers.

With no glaciers the ice loss was tracked back inland. Thanks to global warming growing rivers of water are flowing into the ocean each summer contributing to sea level rise. This is happening now and we are not turning back. Soon we will have to adapt and mitigate further damage. There is going to be an effect. The ice is at a tipping point.

The North Atlantic Ossilation brings warm air to West Greenland looks to be building on man-made climate change enhancing melting , especially in the south-west. NAO is a natural occurrence , but gets supercharged with the increased warmth.

Low lying coastlines, and the millions of people who habitate them are at risk.

The Billion Oyster Project

The New York Harbor for years has been a polluted wasteland. One non profit is trying to do something about this with oysters.

The billion Oyster project has partnered with more than 70 New York restaurants. The businesses save the  shells of the oysters that they serve. The project gathers them up and takes them to a small island off to an island near the Statue of Liberty. By leaving them outside for a year or so, they become naturally cleansed.

The cleansed shells are then sent to the New York Harbor School, where the students hatch and grow baby oysters that are then attached to the shells. The shells and their larvae are grouped together and strategically placed somewhere off the local coastline. 12 reefs have been started.

Hundreds of years ago when the first Europeans were first arrived in the area there were oyster reefs everywhere….and the harvesting began. By the early 1900’s New York Harbor was polluted and virtually lifeless. Dumping waste or raw sewage was allowed until the passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972. only recently has the water become clean enough to support shellfish like oysters, mussels, and clams.

These shellfish will not only filter and clean water , but also provide a physical barrier. The oyster reefs provide a natural breakwater dissipating the effects of storms like Hurricane Sandy that  can rip through the area.

The Billion Oyster Project is just under way and having success, cleaning our water one oyster at a time.

Garbage Study Counts Trash from Texas to Florida.

Trash, mainly plastic, in the ocean and along the shoreline is an economic, environmental, human health, and aesthetic problem causing serious challenges to coastal communities around the world, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Researchers have teamed up to do a 2 yr study to document the problem along the gulf of Mexico shoreline. From Feb 2015 to August 2017  researchers kept and eye on marine debris that washed up on the shoreline at 12 different sites from Texas to Florida. The trash was sorted by type, frequency, and location.

The most shocking discovery was that ten times more trash washes up on the coast of Texas than any of the other gulf states.

Most of the trash, 69 to 95% is plastic. These include bottles, bottle caps, straws, and broken pieces of plastic. More pieces of plastic washed up in spring and summer, perhaps because we are out and about more at these times.