ACAP Cape Breton and the CBRM Water Utility are inviting residents to get outdoors for a lake-side snowshoe in New Waterford this Sunday, February 24th. This Winter Watershed Walk will explore Waterford Lake, which supplies drinking water to New Waterford and surrounding communities. Snowshoes, snacks, and hot chocolate will be provided.
In addition to spectacular winter views of the lake, the walk will pass through walking trails surrounding a nearby former mine waste site, referred to as the Summit Site. The site has undergone extensive remediation work and continues to be closely monitored to protect the watershed and public water supply.
Britt Roscoe, CBRM Water Utility Watershed Coordinator commented on the remediation work.
“The CBRM Water Utility is satisfied that the Cape Breton Development Corporation remediated the Summit Site with a goal to protect Waterford Lake,” says Roscoe. “Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) and the CBRM continue to work cooperatively to oversee the long term care and monitoring of the site and its effects on Waterford Lake’s water quality. This walk will allow folks to see just how close the lake is to a major mine waste site, but will explain what has been put in place to protect the water.”
The walk will take place on Sunday, February 24th from 2 to 4pm, beginning at the New Waterford Water Treatment Plant at 190 Daley Road. The storm date for the event is March 3rd, 2013. The walk is part of a series of Watershed Walks promoting the exploration and stewardship of our public water sources.
ACAP Cape Breton is a non-profit, charitable community organization. Located at 582 George Street in Sydney, this dynamic group integrates environmental, social and economic factors into projects focusing on action, education and ecosystem planning. For more information, please contact ACAP Cape Breton at 567-1628 or visit acapcb.ns.ca.