Media Release: Joint Meeting Held to Develop Stronger Relationship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2015

Joint Meeting Held to Develop Stronger Relationship

The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance and Town of Stratford representatives recently held a meeting to discuss the Stratford Waste Water Treatment Plant and related concerns from activities in recent months. Both parties agree that the meeting was productive and positive, building a stronger future relationship between the two organizations.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to sit with the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance and have an open conversation over recent events” commented Mayor David Dunphy. “Meetings such as this are key to ensuring ongoing relationships with our partners are positive and provide an opportunity to come together in a constructive manner, to share information and to listen to each other”.

The Town of Stratford assured representatives from the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance that it has been working very closely with the installers of the Blue Frog system who are committed to solving the issues experienced this past spring at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Adjustments have been made to improve the treatment process including modifications to a discharge pipe connecting the two cells, adding a natural chemical to the system, and having Blue Frog technicians on site to monitor the changes and results. The meeting also gave the Town an opportunity to update the Alliance on the long-term options for its waste water treatment plant.

“We remain confident that this system will work for the Town of Stratford” added Mayor Dunphy. “The Blue Frog installers are continuing to work with our staff to ensure the system is operating effectively. They have also committed to being on site next spring when turnover events begin to monitor the facility much more closely”.

The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance used the meeting to reinforce the importance of municipalities demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship and the high importance of water quality to a variety of stakeholders. Ann Worth, Executive Director of the Aquaculture Alliance stated “We were pleased to have a very positive meeting with Mayor Dunphy and representatives of his team in discussing past challenges and impacts. The meeting also provided an opportunity to focus on the future and how the Municipality can address the short and long term opportunities in waste treatment management. We look forward to continued dialogue and cooperation with the Municipality on this important topic.”

The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance (PEIAA) was established in January 1998 as an umbrella organization representing the PEI Cultured Mussel Growers Association, the Island Oyster Growers Group, and the PEI Finfish Association. The Alliance is a non-profit association that provides a unified voice on behalf of its 200 plus members, including: mussel, oyster and finfish growers, processors, supporting organizations and supplier companies.

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For more information please contact:

Ann Worth, Executive Director
Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance
T: (902) 368-2757 E: ed@aquaculturepei.com

Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
T: (902) 569-1995 E: wwatts@townofstratford.ca

Media Release: Joint Meeting Held to Develop Stronger Relationship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2015

Joint Meeting Held to Develop Stronger Relationship

The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance and Town of Stratford representatives recently held a meeting to discuss the Stratford Waste Water Treatment Plant and related concerns from activities in recent months. Both parties agree that the meeting was productive and positive, building a stronger future relationship between the two organizations.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to sit with the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance and have an open conversation over recent events” commented Mayor David Dunphy. “Meetings such as this are key to ensuring ongoing relationships with our partners are positive and provide an opportunity to come together in a constructive manner, to share information and to listen to each other”.

The Town of Stratford assured representatives from the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance that it has been working very closely with the installers of the Blue Frog system who are committed to solving the issues experienced this past spring at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Adjustments have been made to improve the treatment process including modifications to a discharge pipe connecting the two cells, adding a natural chemical to the system, and having Blue Frog technicians on site to monitor the changes and results. The meeting also gave the Town an opportunity to update the Alliance on the long-term options for its waste water treatment plant.

“We remain confident that this system will work for the Town of Stratford” added Mayor Dunphy. “The Blue Frog installers are continuing to work with our staff to ensure the system is operating effectively. They have also committed to being on site next spring when turnover events begin to monitor the facility much more closely”.

The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance used the meeting to reinforce the importance of municipalities demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship and the high importance of water quality to a variety of stakeholders. Ann Worth, Executive Director of the Aquaculture Alliance stated “We were pleased to have a very positive meeting with Mayor Dunphy and representatives of his team in discussing past challenges and impacts. The meeting also provided an opportunity to focus on the future and how the Municipality can address the short and long term opportunities in waste treatment management. We look forward to continued dialogue and cooperation with the Municipality on this important topic.”

The Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance (PEIAA) was established in January 1998 as an umbrella organization representing the PEI Cultured Mussel Growers Association, the Island Oyster Growers Group, and the PEI Finfish Association. The Alliance is a non-profit association that provides a unified voice on behalf of its 200 plus members, including: mussel, oyster and finfish growers, processors, supporting organizations and supplier companies.

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For more information please contact:

Ann Worth, Executive Director
Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance
T: (902) 368-2757 E: ed@aquaculturepei.com

Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
T: (902) 569-1995 E: wwatts@townofstratford.ca

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