Water Levels and Flows
BRWP Submission to MNR
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.
Numerous other organizations made submissions to the MNR as well. A joint submission from the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Ottawa Riverkeeper can be found here.
Watershed 101- Understanding the Bonnechere River in a Drought Year
Bonnechere River watershed residents gathered at the Bonnechere Union Public Library in Eganville on Aug 27, 2012 to hear a report by Will Millar, a federal Canada Summer Jobs intern with the RiverWatch program of the Bonnechere River Watershed Project. Millar, a Renfrew area native, is an Aquatic Resources and Public Policy student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. If you missed the presentation, it can be viewed here.