In this issue...Here Comes the Rain?...Keen for Green Preview...New Staff at Environment Lethbridge...Sustainable Plastics...Upcoming Events...Volunteer Opportunities
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Here Comes the Rain?


That’s the amount of precipitation that Lethbridge has received in the past six months compared to the average amount from the past 30 years. Since November 1, we have had 54 mm of precipitation, compared to the normal amount of 107 mm. Although we have all enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather and the warm temperatures, I think we were all relieved to see the rain last night.

We live in a dry climate. As well, our economy is supported by a variety of industrial and agricultural businesses who rely on water to manufacture their products or grow their crops. Most years we are fortunate to be able to have enough water available for all of our needs. However, long term drought or short term flooding or infrastructure issues could easily impact our water supply.

To help prepare for water shortages, whether they be long-term or short term issues, the City of Lethbridge has adopted a new Water Rationing Plan. The Plan sets targets for water reduction that are dependent on the length and severity of the water shortage. As with other similar rationing plans, the City’s plan will place restrictions on the timing and amount of outdoor watering use.

It is too early to say if we will face a water shortage this summer. Let’s hope that May and June bring at least normal levels of precipitation so that the City’s Water Rationing Plan won’t be needed. In case it is needed, having a plan in place to deal with potential issues with water supply or treatment is a step in the right direction.

Event Preview: Keen for Green Fest

Environment Lethbridge will be hosting the 2nd annual Keen for Green Fest on June 11. This year's festival will feature music, local food, displays and more. This year, the festival will run from 12-4 pm at Henderson Lake Park.

We are currently seeking local organizations and and businesses who wish to have a free display table at the event. To sign up for a display table, please visit our website

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event. To sign up as a volunteer, please contact us through the Volunteer Application form on our website

Environment Lethbridge Welcomes New Staff Members

Environment Lethbridge is pleased to welcome Courtnay Sopko and Sophia Larney to our team. Courtnay will be with us until the end of the year and will be working as our Research Coordinator, leading our benchmarking project which will collect and analyze environmental health indicators for the City of Lethbrige. Sophia is with us for the summer and will be our Education and Outreach Coordinator and will be engaging with the community throughout the summer. We asked them some questions about sustainability, superheros and going back in time. ​
How long have you lived in Lethbridge?

SL:I was born and raised in Lethbridge, moved away when I was 16 for school and have been coming back for summers and Christmas ever since!
CS: Two years. 

Why did you want to work with Environment Lethbridge? 
SL: I’ve always been keen on maintaining, sustaining and preserving our environment. When the chance came up to promote and encourage environmental sustainability in my hometown I was definitely interested!
CS: I want to work for Environment Lethbridge because I saw how Environment Lethbridge is working to ensure that Lethbridge is a leader in sustainability. Since university, I have worked and volunteered with many environmental advocacy groups and being able to join an organization locally is a dream come true! 

How would like to see Lethbridge be more sustainable? 
In order for Lethbridge to grow as a sustainable city, everyone has to be on board. I think it’s important to reach out to people who aren’t necessarily involved with sustainability to realize how important their contributions can be. Preserving our environment can be tricky if it’s just a few individuals working alone, we need to come together as a city and work collectively towards a sustainable future. And getting curbside recycling to happen, of course!
CS: I would like to see a city-wide curbside recycling program! This would be an accessible way for everyone to make our city more sustainable. In my dream world, I would also like to see Lethbridge utilizing grey water to water our lawns, flush toilets and wash cars! 

What's your favourite book? 
Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen. Started reading them when I was 7 and haven’t put them down since.
CS: This was nearly impossible for me to pick but I am going with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I am still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts...

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? 
CS: I would love to have the ability to fly! It would make travelling to visit friends and family so much easier. 

If you could go back in time, what one thing would you change? 
Styrofoam! Who invented that? Silly invention, I would try to stop that from happening.
CS: I would want to go back in time and change the way early explorers and settlers treated aboriginal peoples and cultures as they settled in North America. Eliminating the discrimination and racism of the past would have a profound and very positive impact on our society.

What would you do if you won the lottery? 
 Buy some plane tickets, pay my parents back.
CS:  I would buy my parents their dream home.

Where is your favourite place in Lethbridge? 
The coulees! Specifically the Scenic Drive dog run. That or the front porch of my house.
CS: Pavan Park in the spring.  

Describe your perfect day. 
 Food, family, friends, dancing, sunshine!
CS: A warm and sunny summer day hiking in the mountains with my dogs.

Thanks to both Sophia and Courtnay and we're looking forward to having them on board for the next few months! 

Plastics are one of the key challenges for waste reduction. Watch this video to learn what it would take to make plastic sustainable.

Upcoming Events

May 12. Find the Wild in Waterton. 6 pm Lethbridge Public Library Crossings Branch.

May 14. Lethbridge Farmer's Market at Exhibition Park. Runs every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm until October 29.

May 14. Foothills Wildflower Outing with Becky Cousins. Hosted by the Lethbridge Naturalists.

May 17. Pansies, Prickly Pears and Pollinators with Lloyd Bennett. Presented by the Lethbridge Naturalists Society. 7 pm at Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

May 17. Bumblebees. Opening of new exhibit at Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

May 18. Southern Alberta Group for the Environment Monthly Meeting. 7 pm at the Lethbridge Public Library.

May 19. Stick It to Knapweed Weed Pull. Meet 5 pm at Coalbanks Kiosk. Hosted by Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

May 29. Kinsmen Community Garden Planting Day. Join Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association in the spring planting at Kinsmen Garden. 

May 31. Bees, Butterflies and Friends with Lyndon Penner. 7pm at Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

June 4. Community Cleanup. 10 am - 2 pm. London Drugs 110-905 1 Ave S Lethbridge, AB Bring your difficult to recycle items such as electronics, clothing and more.

June 4. Herb Spiral Garden Workshop. Hosted by Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association. 10 am - 2 pm in Turin, AB. 

June 5-11. Environment Week. Watch for activities throughout the week including Green Trivia, local tours and scavenger hunts.

June 7. Lethbridge Green Drinks. 4:00 pm Owl Acoustic Lounge 411-3 Ave S. Informal gathering to discuss environmental issues, projects and solutions. First Tuesday of each month.

Volunteer Opportunities

Environment Lethbridge is looking for volunteers to help out with the Keen for Green Fest on June 11. If you'd like to be part of this fun event, please contact us through the volunteer form on our website.
May 2016

Also in this issue:

Event Preview: Keen for Green

Environment Lethbridge Welcomes New Staff Members

Sustainable Plastics

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Tips
Your lawn only needs one inch of water per week to thrive. Mark an empty container  one inch from the bottom, place it on your lawn during watering. Shut off the sprinklers when the water level reaches the one inch mark.

Did you know?
Water from storm drains returns to the Oldman River without being treated. Be sure to limit the amount of fertilizers and pesticides that could enter the storm drain and never use storm drains for anything other than water.

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