BCAF Offering High School Leadership Program
Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation is excited to share our first season providing a High School Leadership Program to Lunenburg County! Join us for an overnight camp on November 9th and 10th as we spend a weekend at the Morton Centre on Heckman’s Island. We want you to take part in a hands-on environmental adventure experience.
This program is intended for high school youth ages 15 – 19, who are interested in their role within the natural world. We will begin at 10 a.m. sharp on Saturday and will conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The cost for the weekend is $20 for each participant with lunches, supper and breakfast provided (allergies will be accommodated). Please register by Wednesday, November 6th. Space is limited!
For further details and registration please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Species at Risk Geocaching!
BCAF, in partnership with New Germany Rural High School students Neil Veinotte and Lucas Hiltz, have established a series of Species At Risk (SAR) geocaching sites in Lunenburg County. These sites are informational sites and provide an opportunity for the geocache seeker to learn more about the Atlantic Whitefish and the Roseate Tern, two of our local endangered species. These geocache sites have been registered on-line with the official geocaching website. To locate these sites follow the links on the “seek a cache” page and enter BCAF in the “hidden by username” box. So go have fun and learn more about Lunenburg County’s species at risk!
BCAF Releases New On-Site Sewage Information
The issue of residential straight pipes releasing untreated sewage directly into the LaHave River has been a hot issue in the media as of late. Some concerned residents have approached BCAF about the issue. The BCAF Board of Directors has agreed that the present role of the organization in addressing this issue is to raise public awareness and help educate home owners regarding potential options for solutions to non-existent or malfunctioning on-site septic systems. There were two radio news casts on CBC Information Morning on this topic. Podcasts can be found at the following links:
- Information Morning, Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 – “The straight goods on straight pipes in LaHave”
- Information Morning, Friday, September 23rd, 2011 – “What can be done about straight pipes?”
BCAF has also developed a new informational brochure addressing the on-site septic issue. Click on the picture to see the full brochure. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
BCAF Looking for “Island Watchers”
Grassy Island in Mahone Bay used to hold 1/3 of the endangered Roseate tern population in Canada. In 1995, the population began declining until, in 2003, there were no Roseate terns recorded in Mahone Bay at all. The Roseate Tern Recovery Project (RTRP) was initiated in 2003 to monitor tern abundance, distribution, and productivity and ultimately establish a secure nesting site for a Roseate tern colony in the bay.
If you enjoy being outdoors, boating, and are often near the islands within Lunenburg County – the Island Watchers Program is for you! The Island Watchers Program is a chance for community members to observe and record information on terns in the area and help BCAF monitor their movements and behaviours, as well as disturbances, within Lunenburg County.
If you would like to receive more information about how you can get involved, call the BCAF office at 902-634-9977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCAF still offering Environmental Home Assessment Program
Nova Scotians want to do their part to protect the environment. Often, people do not realize the environmental and health impacts of not regularly testing well water and properly maintaining oil tanks and septic systems. The Environmental Home Assessment Program is designed to inform Nova Scotians about the importance of their on-site water wells and septic systems, as well as their home oil tank. The home assessment will provide educational information about the importance of regular well water quality testing, pumping of the septic system and maintenance of the oil tank. The program is FREE and offers home assessments to hundreds of individual homes served by water wells and on-site septic systems.
Homeowners who participate will receive :
- A water and wastewater assessment for their property
- A $100 rebate on septic tank pumping
- A water quality sampling kit
- Water saving devices
- Samples of environmentally friendly cleaners
- And a home oil tank system checklist
Contact the BCAF office toll free 1-866-551-5586 to book an appointment or email Bruce Josselyn for more information.