BRWP News

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!

BRWP 15th Annual General Meeting

posted May 6, 2015, 4:42 AM by Info BRWP

The Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP) held its 15th annual general meeting on Wednesday evening, April 22, at the NHA/NHL Museum in Renfrew with 15 people in attendance (photo attached). A power point presentation by the current chair, Kathy Lindsay, outlined the BRWP activities of 2014-15 including the renewal of the BRWP Strategic Plan for 2014-19, and some activities for 2015 including the Celebrate Our River series of paddle excursions which begin June 5-6 in Eganville and will include a new section of the Bonnechere between Round Lake and Golden Lake (details at BonnechereRiver.ca). The 2015-16 BRWP Board is: Kathy Lindsay (chair), John Almsted, Joscelyn Coolican, Jim Miller and David Brown (Directors). Doug Fraser will remain as Treasurer assisted by Christine O’Reilly. Cheryl Keetch will continue as the BRWP Co-ordinator (part-time). Advisors to the board include Ole Hendrickson (Ottawa River Institute), Duncan Noble (Valley Climate Circle) and liaisons from local municipalities. BRWP Director and guest speaker, Jim Miller, spoke about his background and his interest in the water quality of the Bonnechere River which stimulated a lively discussion among attendees around water quality and other local issues.

Photo:
Back row L-R: Don Eady (Mayor, Town of Renfrew), Chris Hinsperger (Bonnechere Caves), Doug Fraser (BRWP Treasurer), Jim Miller (BRWP Director), Dave Brown (BRWP Director; Tsp. Horton), Bob Hall (Councillor, Tsp. Admaston-Bromley), John Almstedt (BRWP Director)
Front row L-R: Ann Kathleen McLaughlin, Adele Boire, Mike Boire, Christine O’Reilly (BRWP Assistant Treasurer), Kathy Lindsay (BRWP chair), Bob Peltzer (Councillor, Tsp. Bonnechere Valley)

BRWP and Great Lakes Protection Alliance

posted Apr 21, 2015, 6:18 PM by Info BRWP   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 4:15 AM ]

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.

BRWP Annual General Meeting -April 22, 2015

posted Apr 6, 2015, 5:15 PM by Info BRWP   [ updated Apr 6, 2015, 5:15 PM ]


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.

Local Study Looks at Changing Water Resources

posted Oct 22, 2014, 5:30 PM by Info BRWP   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 5:36 PM ]

Local Study Looks at Changing Water Resources in the Mississippi-Rideau Region

A ground-breaking scientific report assessing how rivers, lakes and wetlands in the Mississippi and Rideau watersheds may be affected by climate change has been completed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Mississippi and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities (MVCA and RVCA).

David Suzuki and the Blue Dot Tour - Ottawa Oct 17

posted Oct 7, 2014, 8:05 AM by Info BRWP

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.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/09/blue-dot-movement-rolls-across-canada/

Local Energy and the Energy East Pipeline Town Halls

posted Aug 22, 2014, 2:13 PM by Info BRWP   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 6:43 AM ]

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
AND
Thurs. Oct 2, 2014 | 7pm Marguerite Centre, Pembroke

BRWP represented at RiverWatch meeting

posted Aug 22, 2014, 6:42 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Aug 22, 2014, 6:45 AM ]

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.

One More Paddle and Fiddle!

posted Aug 7, 2014, 7:25 AM by Info BRWP

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 recreation@mcnabbraeside.com 1-800-957-4621 ext. 226 or info@bonnechereriver.ca

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