On January 17, we met with Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to discuss the future of the Ottawa River.
The list of organizations that have a relationship with, or responsibility for, the river is long. The federal and provincial governments, First Nation communities, municipalities, power generators, paper mills, tourism associations, water-sport outfitters and other groups must all be given an opportunity to contribute as we build a coherent and integrated governance model for our vast watershed. Our vision of a clean and accessible river will only materialize if we pool our resources and work together in partnership.
For years now Ottawa Riverkeeper has been reaching out to groups and individuals across the watershed and laying the groundwork for the creation of a collaborative Watershed Council. Minister McKenna and her staff are watching closely as they await the results of a federal study that will make recommendations this summer on the best way forward. We are delighted that a shared understanding is developing, and excited to see that momentum is growing for collective action! In more ways than one, 2018 will be a watershed year!
MJ Proulx, Director, Watershed Council