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
The Bonnechere River Watershed Project co-hosted, along with the Ottawa River Institute, the 3rd Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum on Friday May 9th. Dozens of participants from a variety of interest groups attended the Forum, that took place at the Marguerite Centre in Pembroke. The theme for this year's Forum was 'Celebrating Our Watersheds- Trails and Tributaries' and featured presentations by; Shawna Babcock on the Renfrew County Active Transportation Strategy, Alistair Baird on the Renfrew County Trails Strategy,
Jim Meness on the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and the CN/CP Rail and Trails, Kathy Lindsay who gave an overview of BRWP efforts to steward our tributaries in Renfrew County, and Rosalie Burton, Doug Skeggs, Gerald Rollins and Brian Whitehead who gave information and updates from the Muskrat Watershed Council.
The BRWP elected new board members, at our Annual General Meeting on April 29th, in Renfrew.
Photo: Front left to right, Joscelyn Coolican, Kathy Lindsay - Chair, Cheryl Keetch - Coordinator
Middle left to right, John Almstedt, David Brown, Andy Trull, William Millar - Summer Intern
Back let to right, Duncan Noble, Ben Watson - Summer RiverWatch
Photo by the Renfrew Mercury.
The BRWP is holding its' Annual General Meeting and Update, on Tuesday April 29 at 7pm at the Renfrew Legion Auditorium, 30 Raglan St. Renfrew. Everyone is welcome.
These videos, a collaboration of the Bonnechere River Watershed Project and TVCogeco, are of performances that fostered stewardship innovation through the arts, and were funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Many of these performances drew their inspiration from previous BRWP initiatives that investigated future scenarios for the Bonnechere River watershed.A Glimpse in Time:
A presentation by Dorothy Garlough, Innovation Advancement, of photographic renditions of the past, present and alternative futures for the Bonnechere River watershed as a reminder to be mindful about the balance between development and environmental preservation. Bonnechere River: Future Tense:
A performance by Stone Fence Theatre of an original musical that takes an innovative and fun-filled look at the past, present and possible futures for the Bonnechere River watershed.
Miss Bonnechere: A performance by Stone Fence Theatre in the form of a talk show interview to highlight the past, present and possible futures for the Bonnechere River watershed.
Meet Bonnie Chere: Performance clips of the puppet, Bonnie Chere, as the spokesfrog for the Bonnechere River.
These video webisodes are part of the Nature in Your Neighbourhood (NYN) series and were produced through a collaboration of the Bonnechere River Watershed Project, the Ottawa River Institute and TVCogeco as part of a multi-faceted environmental outreach and education initiative for the Bonnechere River watershed funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. NYN-Friends of the Bonnechere:
A conversation with Friends of Bonnechere Parks about environmental education and outreach to address the “nature-deficit disorder” in our communities. NYN-The Dobson Farm: A conversation with Bob Dobson about his grass-fed beef operation and off-stream, solar-powered cattle watering system. NYN-Algonquins of Pikwàkangàn:
A conversation with Skip Ross, an elder, about Algonquin First Nation history, traditional ways and environmental concerns. NYN-Forestry in Transition:
A conversation with Leo Hall, Opeongo Forestry Service, about impacts of species at risk on forestry and the potential future for sustainable forest products, particularly for energy production. NYN-Our Changing Climate:
A conversation with Jim Coffey, Esprit Rafting Adventures, about climate change, impacts and adaptation in relation to ecotourism. NYN-Our Watershed Our Future:
A conversation with Jerome Coulas, a visual artist, about alternative futures for the Bonnechere River watershed that he was commissioned to paint as a means to engage the public.
The BRWP in partnership with the Ottawa RIver Institute is organizing the 3rd Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum on Friday May 9th at the Marguerite Centre in Pembroke. The theme this year is 'Celebrating our Watershed - Trails and Tributaries', and runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Discussions will be based on presentations on the Trails Strategy by the County of Renfrew, and Stewarding Our Tributaries including an update by the newly formed Muskrat Watershed Council.
Please register by email to: info@BonnechereRiver.ca
by April 30th.
Cost is $18 per person and includes lunch and morning refreshments. (Registration fee will be collected the morning of May 9th.)
Another watershed based grassroots local organization formed recently. The new Muskrat Watershed Council will be addressing issues related to phosphorus loading of waterways in the Muskrat watershed, which has been described by the Ministry of Environment as one of the worst cases in Ontario.
The recently revised and released Ontario Provincial Policy Statement highlights the need for official plans to include a watershed perspective.