Water is Life

Cliffy

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Sinixt Laws & The Language of Water

Sinixt Elder & Matriarch, Marilyn James, speaks to the two laws of the Sinixt Nation which guide our relationships with each other, the land and all life. She then elaborates deeper into the fundamental relations with Water and how those relations influence culture.
Sinixt Nation is the collective group of indigenous human-beings who are the sovereign indigenous caretakers of Sinixt tum-ula7xw (mother-earth), located in the area now known as "the interior plateau of BC, Canada". Sinixt territory extends North of "Revelstoke, BC", crosses a international boundaries to "Kettle Falls, Washington" in the south, to the Monashee Ridge in the West, and in the east and is traditionally all the way from the Rocky Mountain Ridge encompassing the entirety of the headwaters of the "shwan-etk-qwa" (Columbia River) . Sinixt Nation are the traditional gatekeepers to the lands which lead to the grease trails to Blackfoot territory to the east. Sinixt Nation puts our land, our water, our ancestors and our ways before economics.
 

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Sinixt Laws & The Language of Water
Sinixt Elder & Matriarch, Marilyn James, speaks to the two laws of the Sinixt Nation which guide our relationships with each other, the land and all life. She then elaborates deeper into the fundamental relations with Water and how those relations influence culture.
Sinixt Nation is the collective group of indigenous human-beings who are the sovereign indigenous caretakers of Sinixt tum-ula7xw (mother-earth), located in the area now known as "the interior plateau of BC, Canada". Sinixt territory extends North of "Revelstoke, BC", crosses a international boundaries to "Kettle Falls, Washington" in the south, to the Monashee Ridge in the West, and in the east and is traditionally all the way from the Rocky Mountain Ridge encompassing the entirety of the headwaters of the "shwan-etk-qwa" (Columbia River) . Sinixt Nation are the traditional gatekeepers to the lands which lead to the grease trails to Blackfoot territory to the east. Sinixt Nation puts our land, our water, our ancestors and our ways before economics.

Oh good they aren't looking for a land donation or a financial package like that of status nations
 

spaminator

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Fuel spill in outer harbour contained
Bryan Passifiume
Published:
December 17, 2019
Updated:
December 17, 2019 4:23 PM EST
Booms strung across a channel after a reported fuel spill in Toronto's outer harbour. Both PortsToronto and the Ministry of Environment are investigating, but officials say the fuel likely came from a vessel docked nearbyErnest Doroszuk / Toronto Sun
The province’s environment ministry is monitoring after a suspected fuel spill in the city’s outer harbour last week.
PortsToronto, the federal agency responsible for managing Toronto’s harbour, was informed of the spill on the afternoon of Dec. 12 in the northeast corner of the outer harbour.
“The City of Toronto — Toronto Water — has deployed an environmental boom and soaker socks to the area,” said PortsToronto spokesperson Sarah Sutter.
“The Ministry of the Environment has sampled the water and continues to monitor.”
The spill, Sutton says, is believed to be fuel leaking from a nearby vessel.
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An oily sheen seen leaking past a containment boom in Toronto’s outer harbour last week Submitted photo
Photos submitted to the Sun, as well as those posted to the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors Facebook page last Friday show an oily sheen on the water and two booms deployed across the Portlands Energy Centre’s warm water discharge channel, just south of the Unwin Ave. bridge.
“The spill encompasses the Outer Harbour Fishing Node to the bottom of the rocks at the water’s edge,” wrote Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors director David Clark on the group’s Facebook page.
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Clark declined to speak with the Sun when contacted for comment.
Toronto Water spokesperson Diane Morrison told the Sun that, despite the spill being outside of the city’s jurisdiction, it immediately deployed 34 absorbent booms, along with three containment booms, to absorb the spill.
Booms strung across a channel after a reported fuel spill in Toronto’s outer harbour. Both PortsToronto and the Ministry of Environment are investigating, but officials say the fuel likely came from a vessel docked nearby Ernest Doroszuk / Toronto Sun
“Toronto Water staff visited the site again this (Tuesday) morning to determine if the spill had dissipated,” she said.
“They found that there was still some evidence of the pollutant on the water so have left the booms in place and will recheck the site (Wednesday.)”
Oil was still visible in the water when visited by the Sun Tuesday morning, but less than what appeared last week.
Both PortsToronto and the Ministry of Environment continue to monitor.

http://facebook.com/groups/torontourbanfishingambassadors/permalink/2941842879173236
http://torontosun.com/news/local-news/fuel-spill-in-outer-harbour-contained
 

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Lithium from electronic waste can contaminate water supply
Reuters
Published:
December 18, 2019
Updated:
December 18, 2019 5:53 PM EST
This photo taken on May 3, 2017 at Morphosis plant in Le Havre, northwestern France, shows a pile of discarded electrical and electronic components. (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Lithium from batteries that power smartphones, tablets and electric cars may contaminate tap water, a Korean study suggests.
Drinking water can contain a little lithium because the mineral occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust and in soil and bodies of water. But even with the rapid rise of consumer electronics powered by lithium batteries in recent years, research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of how much production and disposal of these products might increase lithium levels in drinking water, the study team notes in Nature Communications.
For the current study, researchers tested water from the Han river where it runs through Seoul as well as upstream, before it reaches the metropolitan area.
Upstream, lithium levels were low and similar to what’s found naturally in many rivers, the study found. But where the Han river ran through Seoul, lithium levels in the water were up to six times higher than upstream.
“This new study suggests that an increase of urbanization and modernization will result in an increase of the (lithium) levels in waters in the future,” said senior study author Nathalie Vigier of the Sorbonne University in Paris.
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“Quantifying precisely the exact contribution from high tech materials remains an open question, as well as predicting how this contribution will evolve in the next 20 years,” Vigier said by email.
The results suggest that lithium levels in water may be associated with population density, and that waste-water treatment plants aren’t currently effective at removing it from drinking water, the study team concludes.
Researchers also tested the water to determine the potential sources of lithium contamination.
They found that lithium entering the Han river appears to come from lithium-ion batteries that power gadgets like smartphones and tablets. Pharmaceutical waste – lithium is prescribed for certain psychiatric disorders – and food waste – lithium enters certain produce from soil and water – also appeared to contribute to lithium levels in the Han river.
Contamination from lithium ion batteries might come from waste waters released at industrial sites, incineration systems, illegal landfills or storage of old batteries, Vigier said.
The study wasn’t designed to determine how lithium got in the water supply or to prove whether increasing lithium levels in drinking water has an impact on health.
“The study does not demonstrate that lithium-batteries are the source of the lithium in the river water,” said Brett Robinson, a professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand who wasn’t involved in the study.
“In addition to batteries, lithium is used in greases, ceramics and mood-stabilizing drugs,” Robinson said by email. “Lithium from greases may enter river water through storm water and lithium from mood-stabilizing drugs may enter . . . through treated sewage (the treatment does not remove lithium).”
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Lithium may also leach into the environment from electronic waste in landfills, Robinson said.
“In poor countries, where informal recycling of electronic waste occurs, it is likely that large amounts of (lithium) are entering the environment,” Robinson said.
The batteries can be recycled, but most are not, he added. “As with other recycling issues, lithium battery recycling is a social and political challenge.”
http://nature.com/articles/s41467-019-13376-y
http://torontosun.com/news/world/lithium-from-electronic-waste-can-contaminate-water-supply
 

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Canada has pumped 900 billion litres of raw sewage into waterways since 2013
Canadian Press
Published:
February 27, 2020
Updated:
February 27, 2020 5:34 PM EST
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OTTAWA — Canada’s old-fashioned city sewer systems dumped nearly 900 billion litres of raw sewage into this country’s waterways over five years, enough to fill up an Olympic-sized swimming pool more than 355,000 times.
The amount of raw sewage being vented is increasing every year, with 2018’s overflow amounts up 44% over 2013.
Mark Mattson, president of Swim Drink Fish Canada, says that number should shock people and he’s hopeful it will push the public to demand swifter action from governments.
He says the number is also far lower than the actual amount of polluted water Canada produces each year because the data isn’t looking at leaks from all municipal water systems, only those that have combined sewer and stormwater pipes.
Mattson is however excited that for the first time Environment Canada is releasing detailed data on wastewater leaks on Ottawa’s open-data website because he says it will make it easier to pinpoint trends and problem points.
Data posted in early February also show that wastewater-treatment plants across the country failed tests of their water quality thousands of times between 2013 and 2018.
http://torontosun.com/news/national...itres-of-raw-sewage-into-waterways-since-2013
 

spaminator

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Venice's murky waters have cleared, a silver lining in Italy's battle with COVID-19
Postmedia News
Published:
March 19, 2020
Updated:
March 19, 2020 12:43 PM EDT
If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be the return of wildlife to the fabled Italian city of Venice.
Twitter users claim that “nature (is) doing a hard reset” in the coastal water-logged city that has long been plagued by pollution due to tourism. Even fish can be seen in the clear canals, something Tweeters suggest isn’t a common occurrence.
In other coastal cities in Italy, dolphins have been spotted cavorting in waters they normally avoid. Some were seen in the port of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. One even tweeted a photo of a wild boar chowing down on something in the middle of a street in an unnamed Italian city.
“Ducks in the fountains in Rome, Venice canals have now clean water full of fishes. Air pollution dropped,” Francesco Delrio tweeted. “Nature is reclaiming its spaces during quarantine in Italy.”
Venice hasn't seen clear canal water in a very long time. Dolphins showing up too. Nature just hit the reset button on us pic.twitter.com/RzqOq8ftCj
— Gianluca De Santis (@b8taFPS) March 17, 2020
Venice’s famous canals are generally filled with muddy water but the suddenly clear water is not a result of less pollution, just less tourists, the city’s mayoral office told CNN.
“The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom,” a spokesman told CNN, adding that air quality has improved. “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”
Italy is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic, with 35,000-plus cases and nearly 3,000 deaths. The country, like much of Europe, is in a virtual lockdown in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.
http://cnn.com/travel/article/venice-canals-clear-water-scli-intl
http://torontosun.com/news/good-new...-silver-lining-in-italys-battle-with-covid-19
 

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I always said tourism is bad for the environment. But the anti everything good crowd blames logging, mining, fish farms, etc. Everything that provides good paying year round employment outside of cities. But they love low pay short term tourism jobs.
 

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I always said tourism is bad for the environment. But the anti everything good crowd blames logging, mining, fish farms, etc. Everything that provides good paying year round employment outside of cities. But they love low pay short term tourism jobs.
Some of those low pay short term jobs pay pretty good . As for fish farms , they don’t pay particularly well and have a poor track record in regards to environmental protection.