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End Prince Edward Island Fish Kills

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We, the undersigned, residents of the Province of Prince Edward Island Draw the attention of the Provincial Legislature to the following: THAT Prince Edward Island’s watersheds are in a state of decline. For the past twenty years, there have been fish kills every summer and our rivers and streams and the fragile ecological systems around them are being damaged at an increasingly alarming rate. THAT Islanders are outraged by preventable incidents such as fish kills, anoxic events and streams running dry and are greatly concerned by the damage to the environment caused by human negligence. THAT Islanders know that healthy watersheds, wildlife, and people are key to the future survival of our agricultural, fishery and tourism sectors. THAT Islanders - citizen advocates, farmers, landowners, watershed activists, consumers, researchers, teachers and students - have been diligent in improving the health of watersheds. THAT Islanders have taken concrete action to improve the health and vitality of watersheds as well as the biodiversity that supports healthy watersheds and waterways. THAT Islanders have advised government, including when asked specifically by government, how to protect and improve watersheds time and time again over the last couple of decades. THAT Islanders know that fish kills cause by runoff, anoxic events and waterways running dry can be avoided by sound planning, careful management and public policy actions well established in other jurisdictions. THAT Everything the provincial government needs to do for these problems is contained in We are all downstream, We are all upstream, We are all part of a Watershed, a Report on the Public Consultations on Managing Land and Water on a Watershed Basis prepared by the Environmental Advisory Council for the Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, April 2007. THAT Continued inaction by government on its own recommendations will lead to more fish kills and related waterway disasters and leave all of us adult Islanders with a legacy of shame to our children and grand-children. THEREFORE,Your petitioners call upon the Legislature to immediately implement the 43 recommendations contained in the report We are all downstream, We are all upstream, We are all part of a Watershed.

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