Jeff Graham made this excellent presentation at the 17 June 2017 ORA General Meeting. He talked about his experience in southern Ontario with several dam removal projects – right from inception, through to decommissioning and river restoration. He gave some excellent tips that are well relayed in the presentation below:
The National Energy Board Modernization Review Panel provided an held a public consultation in Gatineau, on 22 February 2017. Dr. Alan Hepburn represented the Ontario Rivers Alliance with recommendations as follows:
A presentation made by Mike Wilton of Algonquin EcoWatch at the Canadian Water Resources Association’s 2016 Annual Conference.
Algonquin Eco Watch applauds the progress that Ontario Parks and the AFA have made in better understanding and making provision for proper protection of brook trout lakes. In large measure, that addresses our concerns relating to sustainability within the Algonquin Park ecosystem. However, we feel not only that headwaters lacking natural brook trout populations deserve equal protection, but that complete protection/sustainability cannot be achieved unless the entire recharge zone is adequately protected. Continue reading
The Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance presented to the Expert Panel on the Review of the Environmental Assessment Process, on Thursday, 3 November 2016, in Sudbury, and also made a detailed written submission below:
Our experience in Ontario is that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans defer to the will of the provincial regulators, which should be the other way around. We need our federal government to set a high standard that will be followed by the provincial players. Both the federal and provincial governments have gone through an intensive streamlining process which has undermined confidence in their ability to effectively review applications and Environmental Reports, let alone adequately monitor and enforce the conditions of approvals. Consequently, environmental protections have become very lacking in these streamlined and broken processes.
A presentation made by Dr. Alan Hepburn, PhD., P.Eng., representing the Ontario Rivers Alliance at the Breach of Trust event, hosted by Stop Energy East, at Nipissing University, on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
Ontario Rivers Alliance held a General Meeting in North Bay on Sunday, 12 June 2016, where Dr. Alan Hepburn, a member of our Board of Directors, reported on his attendance at a recent Pipeline Safety Trust forum in Calgary. Presentation:
Ontario Rivers Alliance was very pleased to have Rosanne VanSchie make a presentation on behalf of Chief Lance Haymond, of Kaboawek First Nation ( formally Eagle Village) at our 12 June 2016 General Meeting in North Bay. Presentation:
Keynote Speaker: Mariëtte Pushkar, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Natural Channel Design Initiative
Mariëtte provided an overview of the Natural Channels Initiative, Natural Channel Design Principles, Watercourse Restoration and Dam Removals, and Regulatory Agency Roles and Challenges. She drew on her own experience and that of her colleagues at Ecosystem Recovery during the presentation.