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.
There are many ways to explore and to learn about our environment here in the Bonnechere River watershed, and throughout Renfrew County. Take a look at this article
written by Ole Hendrickson and published in the Renfrew Mercury on Jan 16/14, for some great information, links to fabulous websites and the BRWP-ORI, Nature in Your Neighbourhood Guide.
The BRWP has made a submission to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources regarding proposed policy changes to implement Bill 55 of the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act to “create a more modern, streamlined and financially sustainable planning and review process that effectively balances social, environmental and economic objectives associated with the construction and operation of dams in the province”. However, the BRWP is concerned that the proposed changes would decrease transparency, prioritize waterpower generation over other interests including environmental and shoreline protection and leave community engagement at the discretion of waterpower producers. In drafting its submission, the BRWP had the benefit of input from Round Lake shoreline property owners and the Property Owners’ Association and the Ontario Rivers Alliance (see http://ontarioriversalliance.ca/lakes-rivers-improvement-act-technical-bulletins-ebr-012-0562-ora-submission/
). The BRWP is also aware of submissions made by the chair of the water levels committee of the Golden Lake Property Owners Association (see http://goldenlake.co
under the Water Levels tab/water-level-management/), by the Ottawa Riverkeeper and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper jointly as well as by Conservation Ontario, the umbrella organization for conservation authorities in Ontario. Please contact them directly if you as interested in their submissions.
View the BWRP’s submission here.
The MNR policy proposal notice can be
TVCogeco coverage of our Climate Change Adaptation presentation by Duncan Noble at the Renfrew Public Library.
Two guest speakers come together for two free evening presentations: Tuesday Nov. 19, 7pm at the Renfrew Public Library and Wednesday Nov. 20, 7pm at the Bonnechere Union Public Library in Eganville.
Duncan Noble, trained by former US vice-president and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project will present, ‘Climate Realities and What We Can Do’, a multi-media presentation on climate change and its impacts and solutions, and Dorothy Garlough will present ‘A Glimpse in Time’ a photographic slideshow depicting past, present, and future possibilities for our region.
The BRWP was selected to present a Pecha Kucha - an interesting new presentation method of 20 slides x 20 seconds per slide - at the Living Waters Rally being held virtually on Oct 3 and 4, 2013. The Living Waters Rally wasg organized by the Canandian Freshwater Alliance. To view the Pecha Kucha, click here.
The grand finale of "Bonnechere River -Future Tense" is taking place this Friday Aug 23 at the Horton Community Centre. The dinner seats are sold out, but there are still seats available for the performance, beginning at 7pm. $10 per person, available at the door. Don't miss this last chance to see this fabulous play! A co-production of the BRWP and Stone Fence Theatre!
Great turnout for the BRWP and Whitewater Region sponsored workshop,"The Secret Life of Your Septic System" on Aug 14th! The turnout was so great in fact (80 participants) that we ran out of copies of the Septic Do's and Don'ts handout. For those who didn't receive a copy and for anyone else who may be interested, you can find it here.
The Secret Life of
Your Septic System, a free evening
presentation for anyone who owns a septic system, is coming to Whitewater
Region Township Hall, 44 Main Street in Cobden on Wednesday August 14 at 7pm.
learn how to make their septic systems last, while protecting the environment
and their family’s health. A septic system can cost thousands of dollars, and
if cared for properly, a system can last more than twenty years, if mis-treated,
it could fail in half that time. Come on out and learn how to protect water
quality and your investment, and have a chance to meet septic installers,
inspectors and pumpers. Door prizes of free septic system pump-outs, inspections and more!
Presented by the
Bonnechere River Watershed Project, in partnership with the Township of
Whitewater Region. Financial support in part from the Ontario Trillium
Foundation and from local donors. Refreshments will be served.
Due to the storm and wide-spread power outages, we've had to cancel this evenings (July 19) "Bonnechere River Future Tense" performance that was scheduled to take place in Barry's Bay.