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5th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum - Our Trails, Our Future

posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:06 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 8:04 AM ]

The fifth annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, “Our Trails, Our Future”, will focus on community involvement in developing trails and trail networks in the Ottawa Valley, with a particular focus on the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) along the former CPR rail corridor.  The OVRT offers a great opportunity for local citizens to get involved in what promises to be one of the Ottawa Valley’s prime recreational assets. 

The Forum will have a keynote session on the OVRT (with particular focus on the segment between Arnprior and Renfrew) and the new Renfrew County Trails Strategy, with feedback from small group table discussions.  We also will have speakers examining trails from different perspectives, including local municipalities, trail user groups, and successful examples of community-based trails development.  There are many examples: the Shaw Woods trails, the Footprints in Time trail at Bonnechere Provincial Park, the Kiwanis Walkway in Pembroke, the Forest Lea ski trails, the McNamara Trail in Arnprior, the Emerald Necklace trails in Petawawa, the Beachburg County Forest off-road cycling trails, the Oiseau Rock Trail in Sheenboro, and the Manitou hiking and snowshoeing trails in Calabogie, to name a few.

Fee for the day is $20 (payable at the door) and includes morning refreshments and Lunch. Please register in advance by email to: info@ottawariverinstitute.ca

 The Renfrew County Stewardship Forum was initiated to connect people and organizations with an interest in the environment, a strong sense of place, and a concern about the future. Tackling our environmental, social and economic challenges requires collaborative action among a diversity of people and organizations with strong convictions and the courage to act on them. The Forum aims to foster intense interaction, networking and information exchange about what’s happening to our communities and our environment, so that we can adopt innovative partnerships and approaches and take effective action. Now is the time.  Together we can shape our future to sustain our collective values and communities.


The inaugural Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, “Fostering Adaptive Collaboration”, was hosted by the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP), the Renfrew County Stewardship Council and Algonquin College at its Pembroke campus in April 2012.  Discussions focused on our changing climate and the collaborative, non-regulatory approach used by Muskoka Watershed Council to advance stewardship and to foster innovation. The second Forum, “Fostering Shoreline Conservation”, was hosted by the BRWP and the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (now Watersheds Canada) in February 2013 in Pembroke. Discussions focused on the Centre for Sustainable Watershed’s shoreline surveys, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s research on implications of changing climate on water management, and proposed community collaboration to address water quality issues in Muskrat Lake.  The third Forum, “Celebrating Our Watersheds: Trails and Tributaries”, was hosted by the BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute (ORI) on in May 2014 in Pembroke. It featured discussions on active transportation, trail development along the abandoned CP rail line, and water quality concerns in the Muskrat and Bonnechere watersheds. The fourth Forum, “Towards Watershed Planning”, was hosted by BRWP, ORI, Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network in Pembroke.  It focused on water quality and the County’s proposed new Official Plan.

Summary of Discussions from the Climate Change Town Hall

posted Sep 5, 2016, 11:41 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 11:43 AM ]

There was a great deal of energy and discussion at the Town Hall consultation on climate change for 46 residents of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke on August 16 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Eganville, Ontario. The event, hosted by three community-based organizations: Pipeline Awareness Renfrew County, Bonnechere River Watershed Project, and Ottawa River Institute, raised awareness of climate change issues and provided an opportunity for residents to propose actions that can be taken by governments, businesses and individuals to address climate change.

Over 150 ideas were suggested as the 46 participants – including about a half dozen local elected municipal officials – engaged in round-table discussions. View the summary of the discussions here.

TOWN HALL Climate Change Consultation for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke

posted Jul 25, 2016, 2:46 PM by Info BRWP

The federal government is asking for public input on Canada’s national climate change plan. A climate change town hall for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke is being held to discuss our concerns. Our input will be forwarded to the Federal Government. Please come out and speak up in support of an ambitious national climate strategy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Veterans Way, Eganville
Location is wheelchair accessible - Refreshments will be served - Everyone Welcome

RSVP and more information: parcrenfrew@gmail.com or parcrenfrew.org

New Ottawa River Paddle added to summer paddle series

posted Jun 15, 2016, 6:25 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Jun 15, 2016, 6:29 AM ]

A new paddle has been added to the great line-up of paddles the BRWP is partnering on this summer. On June 25th, join us for an exciting paddle on the majestic Ottawa River. The paddle starts at the wharf in Sand Point (10 min west of Arnprior on the River Road) and crosses the river to explore and enjoy the many islands on the Quebec side of the river, across from the town of Braeside. More info here.

Report- Climate Change Implications for Small Water Power Facilities

posted May 9, 2016, 12:59 PM by Info BRWP   [ updated May 9, 2016, 1:04 PM ]


The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has just recently released the report “Climate Change Implications for Small Waterpower Facilities – A Watershed Perspective” (http://mvc.on.ca/…/Climate-Change-Implications-for-Small-Wa…) based on a technical study supported by Natural Resources Canada and the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP).

The study provides technical methodologies for developing localized climate projections (2011-2100) and water budget projections for both the Mississippi and Rideau watersheds. The results indicate that relative to the baseline period (1971-2000), runoff patterns and stream flow characteristics will likely be altered significantly, resulting in incompatibility with existing reservoir operating regimes for the Mississippi River [and similar managed river systems in eastern Ontario such as the Rideau and Bonnechere], in turn resulting in increasing difficulty to meet current water management objectives.

As water managers attempt to reach a successful balance between the competing interests of multiple users it will be important to understand the uncertainties and extremes in weather which are projected for the future and the extent to which runoff patterns will change on a daily, seasonal, and annual basis which ultimately may influence water management decisions in these and other similar watersheds in the region.

BRWP AGM - May 4, 2016 - Well attended

posted Apr 16, 2016, 5:01 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated May 6, 2016, 6:47 AM ]

The Bonnechere River Watershed Project 16th annual AGM was held in Renfrew at the NHA/NHL Museum on May 4, 2016. It was well attended by members, advisors and supporters. 

The AGM Agenda and last year's AGM minutes are attached below.

Celebrate Our Rivers 2016

posted Feb 23, 2016, 6:59 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 7:01 AM ]

It's never too early to plan your summer paddles! The BRWP is once again partnering with numerous organizations this summer to bring you another great season of group paddles. Take a look at our poster, and plan some time on our rivers this summer!

Stewardship Forum - Towards Watershed Planning

posted Nov 20, 2015, 4:25 AM by Info BRWP

The Bonnechere River Watershed Project is partnering with the Ottawa River Institute and Sustainable Eastern Ontario to bring the 4th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum to Pembroke on Monday November 30, 2015 at the Best Western Hotel in Pembroke. Click here to see the agenda and to register.
This year's Forum theme is - Towards Watershed Planning
The Renfrew County Stewardship Forum is about connecting people and organizations with a strong sense of place and future possibilities. The Forum is needed because tackling our environmental, social and economic challenges requires collaborative action among a diversity of people and organizations with strong convictions and the courage to act on them. To be effective will require adopting innovative partnerships and approaches.

The forum aims to foster intense interaction, networking and information exchange to explore how to inform people about what’s happening to our communities and environment in a way that they can relate to, understand and take action. Now is the time. Together we can shape our future to sustain our collective values and communities.

Fantastic Group Paddles This Summer

posted Jun 3, 2015, 5:56 PM by Info BRWP

The BRWP is partnering to bring a great listing of six group paddles this summer. Explore some wonderful stretches of the Bonnechere, Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers! See the list or poster for registration details.
See the list here. Or on the poster below.

Upcoming Paddle Events June 5 and 6

posted Jun 1, 2015, 7:28 AM by Info BRWP

Kick off the summer paddle season this weekend in Eganville, with two events. The Bill Mason Film Fest begins at 6:30pm at the Eagles Nest at the Eganville arena, on Friday June 5th. Follow that up the next morning with a Celebrate Our River Paddle from Wilber Lake to Eganville. To register for this paddle on June 6th, see www.celebrateourriver.ca
More details in the attached posters. Hope to see you there!

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