Monday, 3 June 2013

Pipewatch Needs YOU!

Do you regularly stroll or walk your dog along the Red Hill Creek watershed? Are you concerning with levels of bacteria and pollutants that our entering our natural waterways? Then the Pipewatch program needs you to help in gathering/reporting data!

Why? The more eyes and noses we have monitoring the outfalls, the easier it will be to identify pollution trends and hotspots. Further, with more data collected and presented to the City and MOE, the better able they will be to identify and address the causes (whether it be illegal dumping or infrastructure issues). Pipewatching is also one of the best ways to help ensure that the topic of creek health remains a priority for governing officials.

And do you want to know the best part? Pipewatching is easy! And flexible!

  1. Select an outfall(s) from our interactive map. ALL outfalls are available for adoption. Don't worry if someone else is watching the same outfall as you, the more information collected the better! 
  2. Visit your outfall on a continual basis that fits your schedule. This could be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Use our recording sheets and manual found on the materials page of the Pipewatch webpage.
  3. Report your findings. Should you see anything concerning (very high flows, very strong odours, etc) report those immediately using the phone numbers/emails provided in the manuals. Once your recording sheet is full, submit it to us at Environment Hamilton via email or mail. 

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