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On August 27, 2010, Ottawa Riverkeeper, in cooperation with the National Capital Commission (NCC), hosted an exciting one-day summit in Canada’s Capital Region to bring leaders together to discuss the health and future of the Ottawa River and its tributaries. The Summit brought together elected officials and municipal staff from large and small communities from the provinces of Québec and Ontario to create a shared awareness of the watershed and to promote the restoration and protection of our incredible shared resource – the Ottawa River.
The Summit encouraged First Nations leaders, elected officials and municipal staff from communities throughout the watershed to share information, experiences and successes, and to work cooperatively on river-related issues. The agenda for the Summit included an overview of the current state of the Ottawa River, and a round table discussion about key watershed projects and initiatives, and a review of opportunities for collaboration on research and monitoring. Furthermore, the Summit aimed to promote the sustainable use of river resources, increase public participation in decision-making that affects our lakes and rivers, and above all, to create a shared vision for the future of the Ottawa River.
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative – Nicola Crawhall, Deputy Director
St. Lawrence Action Plan – Philippe Morel, Environment Canada
City of Gatineau – Frédéric Tremblay, Advisor on Environment
Municipality of Chelsea – Isabelle Pitre, Sustainable Development Officer
City of Ottawa – Dixon Weir, General Manager of Environmental Services
Town of Hawkesbury – Mayor Jeanne Charlebois and Jim Fraser, MNR