Toronto, ON – Environmental Defence, Friends of the Rouge Watershed and concerned residents are paddling the Rouge River this Sunday to celebrate the watershed’s natural beauty and raise awareness about threats to the river from Enbridge’s risky Line 9 pipeline proposal.
Enbridge wants to send tar sands oil at high pressure through its aging Line 9 pipeline that crosses directly through the Rouge, soon to be designated Canada’s first urban national park. A recent study found that a pipeline spill into the Rouge, or other area watersheds, would pose a significant threat to Lake Ontario’s drinking water intakes.
Last summer, Environmental Defence discovered Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline had been unsafely exposed in the river for over three years. Enbridge only addressed this after significant media attention. 
What: Paddle to Protect the Rouge
More than 10 boats paddle the Rouge River with banners to celebrate the Rouge and say no to the risky Line 9 tar sands pipeline plan.
Who: Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Environmental Defence and concerned community members
When: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
1:30 pm: boats launch from Glen Rouge Campground
1:45 pm: boats reach lookout point near Rouge Beach 
Available for interviews:
Adam Scott of Environmental Defence
Leigh Paulseth of Friends of the Rouge Watershed
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all. (www.environmentaldefence.ca)
FRIENDS OF THE ROUGE is a registered charity dedicated to protection, restoration and education of the Rouge Watershed. FRW forms partnerships with schools, community groups, conservation organizations and municipalities to restore the biological diversity of the Rouge – soon to be Canada’s only National Park in an urban area. Each year, FRW engages thousands of volunteers to plant 50 to 70 thousand native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Friends of the Rouge works at improving watershed, ecosystem and community health, through science-based watershed stewardship and education. (http://www.frw.ca)
 
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
 
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence Canada,
ncarniol@environmentaldefence.ca  416-323-9521 ext. 258; 416-570-2878 (cell)