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SHARE YOUR WATER STORY
“Share your story about a Atlantic Canadian waterbody. For example, a story about a shoreline, a lake, an ocean, a river or a waterfall. Do you have a fond memory or an issue you’d like to share? Think about a particular time or instance where you connected with that water body. Your story will help document beneficial use of your special place and help protect it for everybody. How has water left a mark on you? Make sure to use #RAH2050 when you share online and be featured on our Instagram and stay up-to-date every week following #WatermarkWednesday
Your observations are collected to create a deeper understanding of the state of our harbours. Creative and scientific process are shared in workshops, toolkits and web-based programs. Connect with your neighbours and fellow scientists as you measure your backyard rainfall; learn what species live in your community; learn about your favourite lakes; and share photos for researchers! Add your local knowledge and act to build greater awareness as our climate changes in rapid ways. Have your voice heard and say RAH together for the next generation 2050!!
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Boardwalks and adjacent trails into wetlands and coastal areas allow the public to see the hidden words of wetlands. Few people venture into wetlands as a result of dense vegetation, standing water and deep organic soils. Boardwalks and trails are a more convenient means of access.
As the name implies, sea ducks are adapted to life at sea. With most spending a considerable portion of the year along our coasts, the majority of these birds breed in northern areas such as the Canadian Arctic and Alaska. King eiders will even remain in frigid waters during the winter, staying as far north as the open water will allow. This is possible because they have special adaptations for life in cold environments, such as thick fluffy down with supreme insulation properties and unusual veins and arteries in their legs that warm the cool blood before it is returned to the body.
A floodplain is the lowland area adjacent to a ditch, river, creek, stream, or lake that can be expected to flood occasionally. Geological processes such as erosion and sedimentation redistribute toxic pollutants introduced to the landscape by mining, agriculture, construction, and other human activities. A significant portion of these contaminants are insoluble, adsorbing to soils and sediments after being released. By allowing floodwater to slow down and sediments settle out in the flood plain, water quality is improved as the natural vegetation filters out impurities and uses excess nutrients.
Freshwater environments include rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams and underground aquifers. They store and clean the water that's crucial for people and wildlife. Healthy freshwater environments supply water for drinking, bathing, cooking, growing crops, swimming and even industrial applications.
Hard (impervious) surfaces are areas covered with roads, parking lots, roofs and other surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. Soils compacted by urban development are also highly impervious. The result is a significant increase in the volume of stormwater that runs off the land and significant pollution impacts to local waterways. Surges of stormwater, which result from heavy rainfall on hard surfaces, transport pollution, including excess nutrients from fertilizers, pet waste, gasoline, motor oil, and litter.
Roughly 10 percent of the Canadian population is served by private wells and septic disposal systems. These systems were originally designed for houses that were widely separated from their nearest neighbour, such as farmhouses and the occasional rural residence.
Bioretention areas, or rain gardens, are landscaping features adapted to provide on-site capture and treatment of stormwater runoff. They are commonly located in parking lot islands or within small pockets of residential land. The surface stormwater runoff is directed into the shallow, vegetated depressions, which increase stormwater storage, filtration, and pollutant reduction.