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How One Preteen Kept Her Canada Beautiful

Stella Bowles was only 11 when she tested water from Nova Scotia's LaHave River and found high levels of contamination. When she was younger she always wanted to swim in the nearby river, but her mother advised against it.

Stella Bowles was only 11 when she tested water from Nova Scotia's LaHave River and found high levels of contamination. When she was younger she always wanted to swim in the nearby river, but her mother advised against it. Not due to rushing rapids or a treacherous undertow, but due to contamination from nearby residences.

Her mother, Andrea Conrad, explained that their neighbours were using "straight pipes" for their septic disposal, a direct connection between the toilet system and the waterway.

Bowles decided to take action and collected and analyzed water samples, running them through a filter funnel and putting the filter on an enterococci testing card. After 36 hours in an incubator, the colonies of fecal bacteria on the card turn blue. Bowles counted the blue dots. The results revealed levels of fecal contamination above Canada’s federal standards for swimming or boating.

It turned out that an estimated 600 straight pipes were sending raw sewage right into the river.

In the summer of 2017, she helped convince the Canadian government to commit to replacing all straight pipes to the LaHave River with septic tanks by 2023.

Canada is beautiful, and we should do everything we can to keep it that way. We have young Canadians going above and beyond to help, so let's follow in their steps and support them any way we can.

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