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Freeze Frame

Deep freeze, thaw, deep freeze. Here we are in January 2018. Cootes is looking good no matter the weather!


Coldspring Valley explorers: a photo gallery!

What do all these people have in common? They've taken the guided tour of west campus with Restore Cootes! Be like them and come out Friday at 12:30 PM to tour the remnants of Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary, McMaster Parking Lot M depaved, Ancaster/Coldwater Creek, and other sites of historical and research interest. Register here: http://bit.ly/waterweekwalk2017














Coldspring Valley History Hike: Water Innovation Week

We're heading back out to share the history of this former floodplain/nature sanctuary, and take a look at the rehabilitated future of this contested site in McMaster's west campus. Can we really depave Paradise? It's happening!

Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/waterweekwalk2017 (by donation)




Slow Sign and Turtle Time

THEY SAY:

Information Report: April 3, 2017
SUBJECT/REPORT NO: Rare Turtle Recovery, Wildlife Corridor Issues and Roads of Issue at Cootes Paradise
(PW16024a) - (City Wide)

Traffic Issues on Cootes Drive Traffic Operations & Engineering has been working with the Ward 13 Councillor on traffic signage along Cootes Drive. Four (4) traffic signs (with flashing lights) operating during turtle migration season will be installed in the spring of 2017. The migration period for turtles is generally around the months of June, early July and September but can vary due to weather conditions. The traffic signs are useful in alerting motorists of potential turtle crossings on that roadway.

RESTORE COOTES SAYS:

Is it working? Is there any evidence that it is helping turtles or even slowing vehicles?

We're betting it has little to no impact - the light is always flashing, if turtles are present or not, the road is built for speed and it makes it dangerous to slow down.

We hope to find out more…

Poor Spencer Creek

Poor Spencer Creek. Every so often some sort of catastrophe befalls the creek and undoes previous good work to create a healthier ecosystem.

Maybe it's time to do a safety audit along the creek to determine where the next problem might be lurking?

Citizen action resulted in a response to this latest - construction related - incident that released sediment to muddy the waters. See the twitter timeline below:



NEWS SOURCE: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7578797-bridge-project-spills-sediment-down-spencer-creek/

Counting On Cootes

Thinking about the other evening, tabling at Supercrawl.

I set up for 6pm, and closed up at 10pm: so that's four (4) hours.

Someone with a counter at the front door clicked in 1000 people.

So, average 250 people per hour. (It honestly didn't feel like that many, but I have no doubt about the veracity of the reported number).

I had 22 people stop and sign the actual pledge.

That would average 5 people per hour signing the pledge.

What's that, 12 minutes per pledge on average?

22/1000 is: 2.20% So just over 2% of attendees actually stopped and took an action.

Maybe that's pretty good?

I felt quite happy with the pace and the results. It's something to build on anyway, with almost all those pledgers also agreeing to join our mailing list. Before the event I had nobody on the list, now I am up over 20.