River Institute: "It started as a dream"

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Twenty years ago, local citizens, businesses, government representatives, and Mohawks of Akwesasne set a goal for a whole new standard of environmental science in Cornwall. Flash forward to 2014 - they've succeeded.

It all started in response to the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall (and Massena) being declared an environmental area of concern by the International Joint Commission.

Dr. Jeff Ridal, executive director of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, was one of the original scientists who set out to identify and undertake vital research for the protection and rehabilitation of the St. Lawrence River.

“It started as a dream," said Ridal. "In 2014, we have managed to gain an international recognition for our freshwater research, education, and community partnerships and we look forward to what lies ahead."

As a salute to community members who have supported and continue to support environmental research and education along the St. Lawrence River, the institute hosted an outdoor soiree aptly named Science Under The Stars on August 28.

Some of the attractions of this event included river-related displays, exhibits, and presentations that showcased the institute’s various projects as well as an environmentally friendly silent auction and dinner.

Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger, MPP Jim McDonell, MP Guy Lauzon, and multiple city councillors had plenty of reasons to toast the institute's success.

One in particular was the launch of a unique craft beer made for the institute’s celebration year by Cassel Brewery, with a recipe created by their own staff.

Cassel Brew’s St. Lawrence “Fluvi-ale” was formulated by Andy Bramburger and Louis Savard utilizing St. Lawrence River water.

For more information, visit www.riverinstitute.ca.

Organizations: River Institute

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    September 02, 2014 - 10:08