UXBRIDGE: Many locals were recipients of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s (LSRCA) Annual Conservation Awards, including residents from Uxbridge and the Kawartha Lakes.
Janie and Elie Rivere of Uxbridge, Eva Crothers of Uxbridge, and St. Joseph Catholic School in Uxbridge were all awards recipients this year.
Janie and Elie Rivere were recognized for planting 8,600 trees on their 10.5-acre property with the help of the LSRCA.
“The Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority really helped us along with the process. They filled out the forms for us and really made it happen.” Janie said, “They were really supportive, I found they were excited to be a part of something like this and I enjoyed their enthusiasm.”
Elie and Janie love the idea of having a forest on their land, so when they heard about the tree planting initiative, they got on board.
“We really loved the idea of having a forest right on our own land so it just made sense,” Janie said.
She added, “We are honoured to receive an award for this and we are glad to be a part of it,”
Eva Crothers, is another award recipient, who has been selected to receive the Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award.
She was selected for the award, after being nominated by her teacher, for her conservation efforts at Uxbridge Public School.
Eva started an eco-club at her school, after hearing a presentation about global warming and the endangerment of animals.
Some of the initiatives she started, at her school, include picking up litter around the school yard, educating other students about the environment and reducing paper use.
She is honoured to receive the award and wants to continue her environmental efforts at Uxbridge Public School.
St. Joseph Catholic School in Uxbridge has also received an award from the Conservational Authority for their environmental efforts.
With the help of the LSRCA, the school was able to build a bioswale in the spring, to help drain rain water out of the school yard.
Before the bioswale was installed, the school’s field, where kids play for recess, would be to wet and flooded to use, causing many pavement only days, according to Phyllis Pereirsa, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School.
“The kids pointed that out to us, they were frustrated with the number of pavement only days. So we set out to solve that problem,” Phyllis said. “We connected with Lake Simcoe Conservation, through our eco-school’s connection at our board office, and they suggested they could contribute some funding, to improving the current swale by making it a bioswale.”
St. Joseph's raised money for the project, through fundraising at the school and the LSRCA raised money for the bioswale project through various grant applications.
The bioswale at St. Joseph’s works great, according to Phyllis, she is really happy to have it in her school yard.
“It was interesting to watch it function in the spring time when we had all those heavy rains,” she said. “The swale functioned beautifully, it looked like a running river going across our yard, and it never got out of control, the water stayed in the swale and was moved down into the drain. So it was good to see that in a heavy downpour, it still worked very nicely.”
The school plans to further naturalize the area surrounding the bioswale by planting native species of vegetation.
“It was really a lot of fun engaging with people in the community and getting the work done,” Phyllis said.
All three winners are grateful for the work the LSRCA does, and hope others can help the best they can to make the world a greener place.
“Live a green life and reduce your carbon footprint,” Janie said. “it’s important for our future and our kids future.”
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