Science Project by Nova Scotia Student Highlights Cleaning Environmental Disaster


Who says one kid can't make a difference?

It all started as an elementary school project and has now transformed into a city project.

After months of collecting data, a student in Nova Scotia has managed to determine the high levels of bacteria in the Bridgewater N.S. river. The cause was the release of untreated sewage in the water from straight pipes coming from 600 homes.

Stella Bowles began a facebook page to raise awareness concerning the problem to her community. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg signed a memorandum to address the issue of sewage in the LaHave river.

Straight pipes are illegal under the Environmental Act. Although the river has been contaminated for years, no action has been taken to solve the problem.

An agreement between the Municipality and the province will form a program to raise awareness about the environmental damage from straight pipes.

The municipality requires federal funds to clean the river. If funding is received the municipality will replace straight pipes with septic systems. Funds are yet to be received and it could take until 2023 to clean the river. The decision to fund the project will be made by spring 2017.

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Written by Mustapha Khalil

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