In this edition of EcoNews, we bring you our primer on blue-green algae after the Department of Health issued an advisory for Nashwaak Lake earlier this week; we update you on the latest news regarding the tragic deaths of north Atlantic right whales off the waters of N.B.; share encouraging news about a community in the Acadian Peninsula that is looking to protect its people from glyphosate spraying; tell you about a new study that says mayors can save big bucks by preserving wetlands; share some photos from recent events, and give you a couple more items to add to your calendar.
Blue-green algae watch, summer 2017
The province issued a blue-green algae advisory for Nashwaak Lake on Tuesday, July 25 after lab tests confirmed the presence of a bloom in the lake north of Fredericton. Check out our primer on everything you need to know about blue-green algae blooms this summer — what they are, what causes a bloom, and what you can do to help prevent them from forming.
Eighth right whale death sparks call for “complete review” of shipping lanes
Another north Atlantic right whale has been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — now the eighth to turn up in the gulf since June 6. Yesterday (Wednesday, July 26), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reported a dead right whale had washed ashore in Newfoundland, though it is not yet clear if the carcass is one of the previously spotted deceased whales, or if it is the ninth right whale casualty found this summer in the waters off New Brunswick. In the wake of what marine biologists are calling an “unprecedented die-off” of the endangered species, Jerry Conway, an adviser with the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, told the CBC he wants a complete review of shipping lanes in the gulf where the whales are being found.
Tracadie-Sheila looking at by-law to ban glyphosate
Mayors who preserve wetlands save big bucks, study finds
What the Mount Polley disaster can teach us about protecting the Nashwaak and nearby communities from the Sisson mine
Join the Whimbrel’s friends for a 5 à 7
The Whimbrel’s Friends conservation group is holding a “5 à 7” conference and cocktail event on Monday, Aug. 7 in Inkerman, N.B., in the Acadian Peninsula. Conservation biologist Monica Iglecia and Julie Guillemot of the University of Moncton, Shippagan campus will share their latest work and research on wetlands conservation and shorebird habitat rehabilitation. To register, or for more information, contact Lisa Fauteux at 888-5271 or at email@example.com.
Paddlers on the Musquash!
Fundy Baykeeper at the Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup
There is only one week left to nominate your favorite New Brunswick environmental story for our annual Beth McLaughlin Environmental Journalism Award. Submit your entry for outstanding reporting on environmental issues to the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Southeast Chapter’s Environmental Journalism Award Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31.
THE LATEST CCNB IN THE NEWS
We work hard to make sure a strong environmental voice is heard in the New Brunswick print, radio and television media. Here are the latest stories Conservation Council staff have been called upon for expertise, analysis and commentary:
July 26: Canada’s pesticide regulator “captured by industry” — Lois Corbett spoke to the National Observer’s award-winning investigative journalist, Bruce Livesey, about Canada’s problematic pesticide management agency.
July 24: Conservation Council spreading the power of pollinators — The Conservation Council’s recent effort to help teach New Brunswick kids about the importance of pollinators was highlighted in a New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal story, published July 23, focused on pollinator education events and activities happening around the province this summer.
July 20: Letter to the editor: Setting the record straight on N.B. pollution targets — In this letter to the editor, published in the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal and Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Lois Corbett sets the record straight on N.B.’s pollution targets and reminds decision-makers that we still have a lot of work to do.