Hutchings Environmental Bulletin Vol. 4

September 6, 2012

I put together a  shorter Bulletin this week as I get settled back into the school routine. This week’s environmental news includes warm fall temperatures, a Bay of Islands submarine explorer, and a new MMSB tire program.

Slightly above average temperatures predicted for fall

 The warm temperatures are predicted to continue.

Autumn weather will fall slightly above seasonal temperatures and close to normal values in precipitation.

According to Weather Network meteorologist Elena Lappo, the seasonal average for the region is a maximum of 10.7 C and a minimum of 4 C. Some days between September and November will be below seasonal and other days above.

The average precipitation for western Newfoundland for that period of time is 305 millimetres and 49 centimetres of snow.

In comparison, last fall’s temperatures in Corner Brook had a seasonal average of 11.3 C maximum and 3.4 C minimum; while precipitation counts had 265 mm of rain and 64.6 cm of snow – consistent for most of western Newfoundland.


Bay of Islands Submarine Explorer

ACAP Humber Arm has just acquired a new remotely controlled vehicle that can descend 175 metres below the surface to explore the floor of the Bay of Islands or and send images back to the surface.

The VideoRay Explorer 3 is a $15,000 unit that was paid for with funding from the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development. The rover is an Eyeball-class vehicle used primarily for observation, compared to the more heavy duty mid-range and working class classes of remotely controlled submersible vehicles.

The little submarine will be able to more effectively and efficiently do work that would typically include human divers, such as coastal erosion, the conditions of environments around sewer outfalls or the health of estuaries.

MMSB Tire program

The agency that oversees recycling in the province is piloting a new program to get rid of old tires.

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) is organizing drop-off points and curbside pickups in September. The program is aimed at passenger car and truck tires, stresses CEO Leigh Puddester.

The drop-off sites will be situated on Saturdays in larger centres on the island, including St. John’s, Clarenville and Corner Brook.

The province’s current tire recycling program picks up more than 400,000 used tires from garages and retailers yearly.

The CEO hopes to collect about 20,000 tires during the pilot project.

More detailed information can be found at the MMSB website.


Personal Anecdote: CNA Registration

I just returned from registering at College of the North Atlantic for Environmental Technology II. The courses I’ll be undertaking are EN3200 Environmental Impact Assessment, EY2110 Ecology, PH1100 Physics, EN2500 Water Resources, CH2700 Analytical Chemistry, and MA1670 Statistics. I was advised that the workload this semester can get intense, but my class and I will prevail! Good luck to everyone!