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Quotation:

If you could tomorrow morning make water clean in the world, you would have done, in one fell swoop, the best thing you could have done for improving human health by improving environmental quality. - William C. Clark, speech, Racine, Wisconsin, April 1988

Well Aware Wrap Up:

The 2010 delivery season successfully wrapped up when the snow fell in December and once again members have wait lists for the 2011. The home visit has been proven to increase the numbers rural homeowners that take the recommended positive actions to protect our common groundwater resources. CLICK HERE to find out where our members are delivering Well Aware. To date, there have been 3,599 visits across the province and over 500,000 individuals engaged with the program.

Provincial Annual Report:

The 2010 Annual Report on Drinking Water is prepared annually by the Minister of Environment. See accomplishments and directions that our province is moving towards regarding our most precious resource.

Green Tradeshow:

The Green Expo is extremely pleased and excited to be entering its 8th year of showcasing the best in green products, services and technologies to residents of central and eastern Ontario. The Green Expo was one of the first and continues to be one of the longest running events of its kind in the province. Peterborough Green-Up is proud to offer this innovative, valuable and popular event

Member Conference:Staying Strong: diversifying revenue streams & building support

Green Communities Canada is holding its Members’ Conference and Retreat, 2-4 February 2011, Cedar Glen, Schomberg, Ontario. Highlights of the conference include:

Opportunity to Support:

Help provide some funding support for Elora Environment Centre and Well Aware through the Small Change Fund. Elora Environment Centre has been delivering Well Aware for 8 years and is leading the way by completing 20% of all the visits across the province (over 700 visits)! We appreciate your hard work and dedication.

National Happenings:

The Canadian Water Network is the conduit that connects researchers with water practitioners, implementers and policy-makers, pooling their resources and uniting expertise to respond to water challenges and contribute to a prosperous and healthy future for generations of Canadians.

Provincial Regional Meeting:

Ontario Ground Water Association holds annual regional meetings that give industry updates. Check to see dates and locations for your area. " We have an excellent line up of new and returning speakers this year. These training meetings will also feature speakers from OGWA and Fleming College to bring you up to date on current and upcoming news and events." Greg Bullock, OGWA President

Education Conference:

Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Annual Education Conference is geared towards home inspectors, students and industry. Included this year are concurrent sessions, tradeshow and a house tour.

Awareness of hydraulic fracturing:

GASLAND is a film about hydraulic fracturing. Watch a PBS interview with Josh Fox, film maker. Read what the Council of Canadians have to say about this process in Ontario.

Celebrations:

World Water Day is one of the international days declared by the UN, on 22 March, as declared by the UN General Assembly in 1992. CHECK HERE for WWD activities around the globe. What are you doing on 22 March?

Wells in Haiti

Lifewater.ca is a group of volunteers that trains, equips & supports the rural poor in Haiti & Africa to drill wells and build washrooms. Ontario Ground Water Association members have donated a shipping container of materials that has been sent to Haiti that will rebuild and construct wells in rural communities. Great work everyone!