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.
Take a look at our poster, and plan some time on our rivers this summer!
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.
See the list here. Or on the poster below.
More details in the attached posters. Hope to see you there!
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.
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)
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.
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).
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