An Amazing Year for Ottawa Riverkeeper

On October 6th we celebrated the amazing year Ottawa Riverkeeper has had by assembling river lovers concerned about our watershed's health at our 2015 Annual Public Meeting.

This year’s annual public meeting captured the incredible progress Ottawa Riverkeeper has made in the watershed over the last year. We celebrated at the Canadian Museum of Nature with live music from Juno award winner Ian Tamblyn and captivating river poetry from Jean Van Loon.

We brought attendees up to speed on the AquaHacking – Ottawa River Summit event, the Riverwatch Program and government commitments to river health. Details are available online in our annual report.

Special volunteer awards were also presented to the outstanding mapper, Clark Lawlor as well as our volunteer of the year, Riverwatcher Sheila Jones.

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The night concluded with a special bilingual presentation by experts Roch Bérubé, Executive Engineer, and Michael Sarich, Regulation Engineer from the Ottawa River Regulation Secretariat.They gave insights on flooding throughout the watershed. We learned that the board is an information sharing body that connects dam owners to one another. This connection fosters a collaborative approach to water levels and flooding. Without this line of communication and wealth of scientific knowledge the water flow would be far more erratic.

This was a great way to wrap up the evening. We hope you were able to attend our Annual Public Meeting, because this last year has proven how powerful our voices are when we speak together for the river. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Thank you to the businesses and individuals who showed their love for the Ottawa River by donating generously to our silent auction.  Guests bid on water-themed packages ranging from a guided fishing trip and a Montebello retreat to LiquidGym workouts, and introductory sailing lessons all while raising money to support a swimmable, drinkable, fishable river.