Flooding a recurring concern on the Bonnechere

ROUND LAKE – “We can’t bury our heads in the sand and think this issue is going to go away. It fact, it’s something that we probably are going to have to be more active on as time goes on. Not just on this watershed, but all watersheds.” That’s is how MPP John Yakabuski wrapped up a public meeting in St Casimir’s church basement in Round Lake on Saturday.

On a gloriously sunny summer Saturday, more than forty people gathered for a follow up meeting hosted by Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards (KHR) Township, on the unprecedented 2017 flooding and the desire for a review of the Bonnechere Water Management Plan (BWMP). The BWMP sets minimum and maximum water levels on the river for each week of the year.

This was a follow-up to the meeting held by the municipality in April during the flooding of 2017.

Though councillor Carl Kuehl was unable to attend because of work commitments, the mayor, Janice Visneskie-Moore and all other councillors and three municipal staff were in attendance, Susan Sheridan, Dean Holly and Tyler Mask.

Mayor of North Algona Wilberforce (NAW), Deborah Farr and David Tantalo from Renfrew County Public Health Unit also attended.

For more pick up a copy of the August 30, 2017 paper.