Highlights from our 2019 Annual Public Meeting
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 2019 Annual Public Meeting! It was a pleasure to see so many river-lovers coming together to hear about our recent work and to learn more about issues affecting communities and species across our vast watershed. Thanks to the Canadian Museum of Nature for partnering with us to host the event, as well as the many volunteers who helped make the evening a success.
Additional thanks goes out to David Charette, who sang an opening song, and Ayah Hafez-Sarazin of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, who shared opening words in Anishinàbemowin (Algonquin language).
Over the course of the evening attendees learned more about the growing problem of microplastics during Jesse Vermaire’s talk and fell in love with the Hickorynut, an endangered freshwater mussel, through Andre Martel’s infectious enthusiasm on the subject. They found out that the Ottawa River has the largest known density of the Hickorynut in Canada, and learned about our joint project to monitor this population with Dr. Martel and the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Guests also got the chance to hear from our new Riverkeeper Elizabeth Logue! She gave updates on the many files she has been working on since starting, such as nuclear waste in our watershed, the 2019 flooding, this summer’s fish kills on the Lièvre River, and the new phase of our Watershed Health Assessment project.
Did you know that over the course of 17 shoreline cleanups in 2019, more than 300 participants removed over 2000 lbs of trash from our watershed? Or that we used our in-house testing to process 493 water samples as part of our water quality monitoring initiatives?
Find out even more about what we, and you, our amazing community, has achieved this year for the river in our 2019 Annual Report.