Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thanks for visiting, and thank you for your interest in knowing more about how you can help protect the Petawawa River

Please take a moment to read through the information provided below. We have tried to keep it current, but this website - just like everyone else - struggles to get information from a damn developer that is unwilling to share.

We'll try our best to keep you informed.

What can you do to help?

1. E-mail this website ( and the Currents video clip about the project: to all those you know that may have an interest in knowing more about the project.

2. When you send your e-mail, Cc and we'll add you to the mailing list when there is new information to share. Or, just send an e-mail and we'll keep you posted.

3. This is the big one. We are asking you to write in to several people to express your concern about the project and the Green Energy Act specifically how the power to make decisions has been ripped from the hands of the very communities most affected by the projects.

If you scroll right to the bottom, you will find a form letter that you can use, or feel free to pull from your own.

Send it to:

We are still a year or two away from the actual shovels hitting the ground on this one, so please speak up and try to save this river. It needs our help.



Thursday, May 6, 2010

Photo©David Rhodes, Deep River. Taken at Lover's Rapid, May 2, 2010 during the Hell or High Water Race.

Read the Xeneca presentation here: DAMN PRESENTATION

It truly is a wonderful resource for the people of this area, and to have to destroyed for a small amount of electricity (all of which is surplus for our local communities) would be a shame.
The communication with the public on this project has been deplorable. You can hear the Mayor and Council express their concerns with this aspect as well. The project has been steamrolling ahead for years without any real opportunity for residents to have their say.

The Xeneca presentation at the May 3 2010 council meeting was more of the same. Empty promises to do more, and questions left unanswered.

What will happen to Catwalk pond?
What about the fishing at the mouth of the Pet?
Will there be water left to swim or float the rapids?
How many trees will be cut from the side of the bank when they build the roads to construct this dam, the tail race, the turbine and the diversion canal?
Will there be lasting jobs in our area, once the construction is done?
All of these remain unanswered.

Are residents nervous? You bet we are.


On a more positive note, the 2nd annual Hell or High Water Festival was held on May 1, and saw over 200 boaters and en equal number of people out spectating and interacting with the river in a positive way. There is alot at stake with this damn project.

The council has every right to be nervous, and so do residents.