Devon council participate in Ripple Effect watershed education program

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Members of town council participated in a special presentation during the regular meeting on Monday night, Sept. 9.

Town administration gave an interactive presentation to council on the Ripple Effect, an educational program about watershed health and restoration.

In May and June of this year, the Ripple Effect program was presented to 14 elementary school classrooms at Robina Baker Elementary School and Holy Spirit Catholic School. The program includes an interactive discussion about what watersheds are, how they become polluted by human activity and ways in which they can be kept clean and healthy using a model watershed.

Students then painted wooden fish, provided by the Devon Lions Club, to be mounted on fences outside the schools.

Town administration is also offering schools aqua education kits with tools to check and monitor watershed health and participating in the Yellow Fish Road program. The Yellow Fish Road emphasizes the importance of ‘rain only’ down storm drains in order to maintain the health of watersheds and the safe disposal of household waste and chemicals. The Devon Recycle Depot accepts household waste such as paint, chemicals, batteries and used car fluids at no cost.

More information can be found at www.devon.ca/residents/garbage-recycling-organics.

Bylaws

Council unanimously approved third and final reading of bylaw 932/2019 Exclusive Municipal Franchise Areas. Council also approved second and third readings of bylaw 931/2019 permitting a loan guarantee of $50,000 of the Devon Golf and Conference Centre. Administration received no public comments or concerns about either bylaw before final readings.