The BRWP (along with 28 other environmental organizations) has endorsed the comments submitted to the province on the Great Lakes Protection Act (Bill 66) from the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance (consisting of Ecojustice, Ducks Unlimited, Nature Canada, Sierra Club, Canadian Environmental Law Association, and Environmental Defence) under EBR Number: 012-3523 (pdf copy below). The Alliance is supportive of Bill 66 and has been engaged in all consultations that have been conducted regarding prior versions of the proposed legislation (specifically, Bill 100 introduced June 2012 and Bill 6 introduced February 2013) that died on the order paper. The Alliance believes that the proposed legislation introduces important new legal and policy tools to help safeguard, restore and protect Ontario’s portion of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. The Basin includes the Ontario portion of the Ottawa River watershed which includes the Bonnechere Valley along with all of the other watersheds in Renfrew County.
The Bonnechere River Watershed Project's 15th AGM is being held on Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. at the NHA/NHL Museum, 249 Raglan Street, Renfrew (2nd floor of the Post Office building). Guest speaker will be Jim Miller, on “Remember when we could swim in the river …”. Open to all. Light refreshments. Memberships and donations for BRWP programs welcome.
David's Suzuki's Blue Dot Movement Tour is coming to Ottawa on Oct 17. Let's represent our watershed and our interests by attending this event.
A Local Energy speaking tour and town hall, with a focus on the Energy East Pipeline and related environmental issues.
Featuring speakers from Environmental Defence, the Ottawa River Institute, the Bonnechere River Watershed Project and the Valley Climate Circle.
Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | 7pm Galilee Centre, Arnprior
Thurs. Oct 2, 2014 | 7pm Marguerite Centre, Pembroke
Thirty riverwatchers from across the watershed came together to share their river knowledge, perspectives and issues, receive training on aspects of river ecology and provide feedback on the program at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior in July.
BRWP was represented by Kathy Lindsay (chair, program volunteer) and Ben Watson (2014 BRWP RiverWatch program coordinator) attended as an official RiverWatcher for the Bonnechere River watershed.
The final of five BRWP paddle excursions is taking place on Saturday Aug 9. There is still time to sign up. Madawaska Calabogie Cherry Point Park-Burnstown Paddle & Fiddle,
Neat BBQ and Fiddle Do. Registration at 1pm at Burnstown Beach. Shuttle to Cherry Point Park for put-in at 2:30. Pull out at 4:30. Neat Coffee Shop BBQ 5 -7pm. Fiddle Do 7-9pm. $10 per person. $20 per person for seat in explorer canoe. $10 per person for Fiddle Do. Optional BBQ $12. Registration: Geoff Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-957-4621 ext. 226 or email@example.com
Saturday June 7, was a glorious day for the first of five paddles that the BRWP is co-organizing this summer in the Celebrate Our River series. Saturday's paddle took place from Wilber Lake to the Eganville Arena on the Bonnechere River. Two more paddles are scheduled for June, one in July and another in August. See our events page for more information
, and come on out and Celebrate Our Rivers!
The Bonnechere River Watershed Project is partnering with numerous other organizations and municipalities this summer to bring group paddle excursions to residents and tourists. Some of the events will feature local food and entertainment, and all will feature plenty of fun! Please bring your own canoe or kayak and gear, (unless registered for the optional explorer canoes on June 7 and Aug 9). Pre-registration is required.
Pre-registration required for all paddles. Shuttling will be organized in consultation with the organizers.
Sat. Jun 7 –Wilber Lake-Eganville Mass Paddle,
followed by Local Food and Entertainment. Registration start time - 9:30am at Eganville Arena. A shuttle will be provided to the put-in at Wilber Lake. Mass paddle launch at 11am. Back at arena at 1pm for local food and entertainment. $10. per person. Optional reservations available in 6-person canoes for an additional $20 per person. Registration: CelebrateOurRiver.ca Organized by BRWP and Bonnechere Valley Twp.
Sat. Jun 14 - Snake River Paddle – Start time 9:30am. Meet on Burwell Road between Durack Line and Micksburg Road. Launch around 10:00am, take-out at 1:00 PM on the Snake River Line between Poff Road and Stoqua Creek Road. $5 per person. There will be shuttles available to get paddlers back to their vehicles. Registration: Info@BonnechereRiver.ca Organized by BRWP, Ottawa River Institute and the Muskrat Watershed Council.
Sat. Jun 21 - Renfrew-Ottawa River Paddle. Start time 9:30am, end of Mutual St. in Renfrew. $5 per person. Bring your own lunch for shoreline stop at the First Chute. There will be shuttles available to get paddlers back to their vehicles.Registration: Info@BonnechereRiver.ca Organized by BRWP, Ottawa River Institute.
Sat. Jul 12 - Eganville-Fourth Chute Paddle & Fiddle, followed by Bonnechere Caves BBQ and Fiddle Do. Registration at 1:00pm at Bonnechere Caves. Shuttle to Eganville for put-in at 2:30. Pull out at 4:30pm. $10 per person. $10 per person for Fiddle Do. Cost for optional BBQ to be determined. Registration: Info@BonnechereRiver.ca Organized by BRWP, Bonnechere Caves.
Sat. Aug 9 - Madawaska Calabogie Cherry Point Park-Burnstown Paddle & Fiddle, Neat BBQ and Fiddle Do. Registration at 1pm at Burnstown Beach. Shuttle to Cherry Point Park for put-in at 2:30. Pull out at 4:30. Neat Coffee Shop BBQ 5 -7pm. Fiddle Do 7-9pm. $10 per person. $20 per person for seat in explorer canoe. $10 per person for Fiddle Do. Optional BBQ $12. Registration: Geoff Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-957-4621 ext. 226