SWEPS may come knock on your door

The Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society (SWEPS) will be conducting a door-to-door survey in the Fall River area, and providing residents with information with respect to watershed protection. During the month of August, the SWEPS survey will be focusing on residents who live within 20 meters of Fletcher’s Lake, or the streams and rivers that may run into the lake.

The purpose of this survey is to determine the number of households that are drawing their water privately from wells or the headwater surface water. SWEPS also aims to increase awareness within the community with respect to drinking water safety and septic tank maintenance. The SWEPS crew members, and the Nova Scotia Youth Corps summer students participating in this project, will be personally speaking with residents about their drinking water source and waste disposal systems. Homeowners contacted will also have the option to complete an online version of the survey instead. This project will help provide data that will enable deliberation of a stronger water quality protection policy over the long term. This may include things such as buffer zones requirements, restrictions on fertilizer use, and sustainable land use planning and development regulations. For any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact SWEPS at sweps.survey@gmail.com or visit their website at www.sweps.org.

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