This week on Terra Informa, we delve into the recent EPCOR RiverFest, chat with a man who trekked the entire River Valley, and look back on an archive piece about bioremediation.
A couple of weeks ago, Edmonton had its very first River Valley festival, the EPCOR RiverFest, which ran from September 15-17, 2017. Terra Informer Jason Wang speaks with Larry Wall, Executive Director of the River Valley Alliance, the nonprofit organization who put on the event, about this community celebration of the natural treasure of the Capital Region. He also talks to Hank Van Weelden, a local adventurer who trekked the entirety of Edmonton’s river valley during the festival to raise awareness about the need to conserve this landscape, as well as the recreational activities available.
In a time when spills, leaks, and environmental disasters are becoming more and more common, how do we clean up in a way that’s both reasonable and responsible? Prevention, of course, is always the best policy, but even the best laid plans go awry, and when they do, one answer is often overlooked: bioremediation. Tasmia Nishat speaks with community organizer Leila Darwish, author of Earth Repair, about the healing potential of sunflowers and oyster mushrooms backyard contamination, big spills, and everything in between.
Photo by: Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson