News Release July 6/2001

Pollution patrol program hits the water with a splash
by Lake Ontario Keeper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:Janet Fletcher (Day) 613.533.6000, ext. 77720 (Evening) 613.546.7869

Mark Mattson 416.926.1792 keeper@e-p-r-f.org

KINGSTON, ON – Lake Ontario Keeper hits the water with a big splash today. The commissioning of the environmental watchdog’s boat marks the beginning of a new era of community- and citizen-based environmental protection for Lake Ontario.

Named in honour of long-time Kingston environmentalist Angus Bruce, the boat will patrol the waters of Lake Ontario each summer, monitoring and publicizing pollution sources, working with individuals and community groups to protect local waterways, and making sure environmental laws are enforced.

“Pollution is our number one concern,” says Lakekeeper Mark Mattson. “We’ll be working with ordinary citizens to identify polluters and make sure they’re held accountable.

“This isn’t something you can just wait for the government to do for you. You’ve got to get out there and do it yourself.”

The ceremony, held today on Wolfe Island, is also an opportunity to recognize the work of Angus Bruce. Mr. Bruce, who passed away in 1999, worked alongside Mattson, local resident and co-founder of the Environmental Bureau of Investigation (EBI) Janet Fletcher, and members of the Storrington Committee Against Trash in opposition to the expansion of the Storrington Dump. He also supported them in their case against the City of Kingston for allowing leachate to seep from an old landfill at Belle Park into the Cataraqui River. Mr. Bruce is represented at the commissioning by his wife, Gertrude Bruce.

“We want to honour his contribution to environmental protection,” says Janet Fletcher, who is also Associate Director with Lake Ontario Keeper. “He was a life-long lover of nature and an unswerving supporter of EBI’s work.”

Lake Ontario Keeper is a project of the Environmental Bureau of Investigation and part of the US-based Waterkeeper Alliance led by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. It is one of three Keeper programs in Canada. For more information, please visit our web sites: http://www.e-b-i.net and http://www.LakeOntarioKeeper.org

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