Ajax-Pickering citizen group call on provincial election candidates to eliminate noxious algae from the Ajax waterfront

Cleaning Ajax’s waterfront has become the “local” provincial election issue

What: Members of PACT POW (Pickering Ajax Citizens Together to Protect Our Water) will visit the campaign offices of each MPP candidate in the riding of Ajax-Pickering and seek their signature on the “Stop the Algae Pledge”:

I, _____,candidate for MPP in the riding of Ajax-Pickering, pledge that a ____ government will require the Regions of Durham and York to undertake a full Environmental Assessment of the Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant and implement the best method of stopping the release of phosphorus that feeds algae growth along the Ajax Waterfront by 2017.

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Rotary Park and provincial election campaign offices in the Ajax-Pickering riding

• 9:30 a.m.
Adam Narraway, Green Party (to be joined by Green Party candidates from Pickering-Scarborough East and Whitby-Oshawa)
Rotary Park (177 Lake Driveway W)

• 10:30 a.m.
Joe Dickson, Liberal
21 Harwood Avenue South (Campaign Office)

• 11:30 a.m.
Todd McCarthy, Progressive Conservative
145 Kingston Road East (Campaign Office)

• 12:30 p.m.
Jermaine King , NDP
41 Harwood Avenue South – Unit 3 (Campaign Office)

To learn more, visit: saveourwaterfrontnow.com.

Additional Information:
PACT POW will set up a beach party at each campaign office. A personalized copy of the Pledge will be ready for each candidate to publically sign. PACT POW members will also distribute educational material about the algae issue on the Ajax Waterfront and describe the group’s ongoing efforts to implement a solution at the source of the problem—the Duffin Creek Sewage Treatment Plant.

• Algae growth is caused by fertilizer-like effects of phosphorus in the treated sewage
• PACT POW endorses the effort by the Town of Ajax to seek a solution to the algae issue. More information can be found at http://www.ajax.ca/en/doingbusinessinajax/duffincreekwpcp.asp
• The Sierra Club, Environmental Defence and the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers have all supported the Town of Ajax’s submissions to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to deal with the algae issue related to the sewage treatment plant operations

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For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:
Joanne Dies, PACT POW Co-Chair, 905-626-1916
Paul Kuebler, PACT POW Co-Chair, 416-560-1802

PACT POW (Pickering Ajax Citizens Together to Protect Our Water) is a group of concerned citizens focused on protecting drinking water and recreational use of the waterfront in the Region of Durham. The group was originally formed in the mid 1980s, as PACT, to shut down the Brock West Landfill and protest a new Metro Toronto dump on the Brock South Lands. It is because of PACT’s efforts that we have the Greenwood Conservation Lands – 677 hectares of protected greenspace connecting Pickering and Ajax.

Today, PACT POW is focused on the declining water quality around the Duffin Creek Sewage Treatment Plant. Ajax and Pickering shorelines are slowly deteriorating from excessive algae growth.