As of August 2013
“Until The Water Runs Clean …I will paint only in Black and White”
Safe and clean drinking Water is a Human Right essential to life and was finally declared by the the United Nations on July 28, 2010, voicing deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water.
and the Gulf of Mexico Watershed October to April
Which Watershed do you live in?
In the 1920’s, the Water Survey of Canada developed a Water Resources Index Inventory
as a system for recording and filing water resources data. Their system divided Canada
into eleven major drainage regions. Each region was subdivided further into primary,
secondary, or smaller watersheds. This system has been used ever since.
The Maritime provinces are one of the eleven national drainage regions. The map below, shows the 46 primary watershed divisions in Nova Scotia. Because of the way the province is shaped, the primary watersheds drain into four different coastal regions
Atlantic Ocean, such as the LaHave of Sackville Rivers
Bay of Fundy-Gulf of Maine, such as the Annapolis River
Northumberland Strait, such as River Philip-Wallace
Cape Breton Island/Brasd’Or Lakes, such as Salmon- Mira River
Canada’s 11 drainage regions. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subjects-sujets/standard-norme/sdac-ctad/sdacinfo1-ctadinfo1-eng.htm
A watershed carries water “shed” from the land after rain falls and snow melts. Drop by drop, water is channeled into soils, ground waters, creeks, and streams, making its way to larger rivers and eventually the ocean.
Painting outdoors can and does draw attention. So, as we paint, others can interact with us and we will have the opportunity to tell the story of our paintings. The story? Yes, I am painting this scene from “this” Watershed. This is my classroom and I want to learn as much as I can about what gives this painting life. Also, I want to encourage others to become aware of Watersheds and hopefully motivate participation in looking after them.
I wanted to find a way to engage others in my community and beyond. Combining an activity I enjoy with an environmental concern seemed to be the natural path for me to follow. As long as I can encourage people to come out to interact in nature, learn and discover more about our watersheds, I will offer awareness through my Watershed Painting School.
Find which watershed region of Nova Scotia you live in on page 32 at:
Nova Scotia Environment. Water For Life: Nova Scotia’s Water Resource Management Strategy. Halifax, N.S. : Department of Environment, 2010.