Difference-Maker: Point Pleasant Marina

This business stepped up and took the pledge to reduce plastic waste and become a member of Georgian Bay Forever’s Plastic-Free Program.

The pledge includes taking a plastics waste audit and determining and working on actionable outcomes.

Thank you Point Pleasant Marina Limited

Recognized Actions:
1. Purchase 90% of oil in large recyclable steel drums to reduce packaging.
2. Ensure any new oil bottles the do purchase are recycled. PPM has created a drying rack for the bottles to drain on and even repurpose that drained oil for fogging engines in the fall before winter layup.
3. Purchase boat cleaning supplies in bulk to reduce packaging
4. Only use used boxes and bags for customers, no new bags of any kind are available!
5. Switched boat rope suppliers to reduce plastic packaging and their carbon footprint.

Other Actions:
6. PPM is 1 of 3 marinas in Ontario to hold a platinum rating through the Marina Green LeafTM Eco-Rating Program!
7. Utilize reusable clothes over disposable ones for cleaning.

More information

1. Want your business or organization to be a Plastic-Free-Georgian Bay Member? Please email nicole.dimond@gbf.org. Plastic-Free Georgian Bay is a campaign whose is to reduce plastic waste, expand public awareness about plastic pollution and show how everyone can act. GBF is looking to create a community of businesses, schools, and organizations around Georgian Bay, that are striving to reduce their plastic consumption and actively create change, together.

2. Learn about other Plastic-Free Georgian Bay Members. Click Here

3. Want to learn more about the probelems with plastic waste, and what Georgian Bay Forever is doing? Learn more about our Diversion 2.0 Program. Click Here.

4. Learn more about the LICHTENHELDT family who own Point Pleasant Marina, and about their connection to Georgian Bay Forver. Click Here.

Restoring Fish Passage in the Shebeshekong River

About the author and her organization: Julia Sutton is the Executive Director for the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council (EGBSC). Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) helped the EGBSC with their 2 year project to assess the quality and quantity of fish habitat available to populations of Walleye, Lake Sturgeon, and Sucker species in 8 tributaries of Eastern Georgian Bay within Parry Sound due to declines of these species in certain areas. A purpose of this study, was to identify spots for remedial action. The Shebeshekong River was one tributary that was analyzed, and during the course of the analysis, the EGBSC identified that there were problems that were preventing Walleye from reaching ideal spawning locations on the river and that restoration was needed. Read about the action taken to help these fish.

Restoring Fish Passage in the Shebeshekong River

The Shebeshekong River watershed is a fairly small catchment area, beginning at Shebeshekong Lake and meandering for 15km before reaching Georgian Bay. Historically, Walleye and Sucker species from Georgian Bay would swim up the river, past the first two sets of rapids (Dillon and Young’s), and spawn in rapids farther upstream. Changes were made to Dillon and Young’s Rapids many years ago, in order to make it easier to drive logs down the river. Because of these changes, it has become more challenging for fish to swim upstream to historical spawning areas.

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Wetland Wonderlands

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial idea for the initiative.
Swamps, marshes, and other wetland wonderlands… on this CurrentCast.

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