|Stella Bowles prompted action for the clean up of Nova Scotia’s
LaHave River, which contains alarmingly high levels of fecal
contamination. Because of her work, three levels of government have
allocated $15.7 million dollars to address the problem of illegal
straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along
Three years since her initial research, Stella continues to be an
advocate for the elimination of illegal straight pipes province wide.
She has teamed up with Coastal Action Foundation and together they
have started a campaign training other kids to become citizen
scientists and test their own waterways.
Stella has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal
from the Governor General of Canada, the Action for Nature
International Young Hero’s Award from California and the Canada’s
Walk of Fame Community Hero Award. In a completely separate
project, she has also recently become the youngest ever published
Stella’s story is now a book, My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River,
written by Anne Laurel Carter. Stella hopes her story will inspire
other youth to become advocates for issues they care about.
“I’ve learned that kids do have the power to make change,” says