Water and Wastewater Master Plan – VRS Comments

Large volumes of untreated and undertreated wastewater are being released into our local creeks, rivers, and lakes when heavy rain events occur, and this will become increasingly problematic as the climate warms.  For example, on the 4th of April last spring, within 24 hours a Major primary bypass of 122,404 m3, or 122,404,000 litres, of raw sewage was released into the Vermilion River, and in February 65,169 m3, or 65,169,000 litres, was released. Read more

2017 Vermilion River Clean-up – Wabagishik Lake

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Saturday, the 27th of May, to help clean-up the Vermilion River and Wabagishik Lake.   A special thanks to the Basso Family, the Whitefish Lion’s Club, and Vrab’s Independent Grocers, for providing our volunteers with a hot and tasty lunch.  As you can see we collected a BIG pile of garbage – so a very productive and fun day!!  Check out the photos:

Milfoil Madness – April 11, 2017 – 6:30 pm, Lockerby Legion, Sudbury

The Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance extends an invitation to attend an information session, “Milfoil Madness” on April 11th, 2017, at 6:30 pm, Lockerby Legion, Long Lake Road.

Featuring 2 presenters from the Ottawa area:  Giorgio Vecco and Rob Perrins.   As 18 lakes have been invaded by Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) in our City of Lakes, there is avid interest in their latest research and new technology to control/manage EWM.

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Journey with Jim: A river runs through it

October 26, 2013, the Sudbury Star

We can hear the rapids before we see them, a sibilant rumble that sounds almost like the name of the place we’re visiting.

Wabagishik, the word for both the whitewater ahead and the wind-ruffled lake behind us, turns out, however, to be only accidentally onomatopoeic. According to Linda Heron of the Ontario Rivers Alliance, who consulted a First Nations teacher for the definition, it’s the Ojibwe term for white cedar.

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Wabagishik still at risk – but it’s not over until it’s over

An update on the previous post found here.

It appears that what we thought was a done deal, is still uncertain.  Xeneca has now invited all requesters to take part in a Project Liaison Committee meeting.

On the 11th of July, 2016, shortly after receiving the lists indicating that all of Xeneca’s FIT Contracts had been terminated, ORA and VRS wrote to the Minister protesting his decision to approve the Wabagishik Rapids GS, with conditions, on the grounds that it was based upon inaccurate and unsupported responses contained within the Ministry Review (Review) document, Xeneca Power Development Inc.’s (Xeneca) correspondence, and the Environmental Report (ER).  The Minister’s office responded on the 16th of August, 2016, basically declaring that if we had questions about what was or was not contained in the ER that we should ask Mark Holmes.  On that same day, Xeneca contacted the Chair of ORA and VRS with an invitation to attend the PLC. Read more

Spatial-determinants of deteriorating water quality in the Vermilion River, by Carrie Strangway, UOIT

As part of the Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Monitoring Project, funded through a 3-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, Carrie Strangway completed her Master’s Thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a degree of Master of Science in the Faculty of Science, Applied Bioscience, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  What follows is a poster of her more detailed manuscript, which will be published shortly:

Abstract 

The Vermilion River and major tributaries (VRMT) receive various point and non-point inputs, in addition to several flow regulation features, along their continuum. Further development in the Vermilion watershed has been proposed, raising concerns about cumulative impacts to the ecological health of the VRMT. To assess the current state of riverine health, water quality metrics were monitored monthly at twenty-eight sites during the ice-free period of 2013 and 2014. Generation of landscape-scale data revealed a broad range of land-cover and road density in the watershed at differing landscape-scales. Sites on the main-stem of the Junction tributary had above average concentrations for the majority of water quality parameters measured, specifically, sites within Copper Cliff Creek and Junction Creek (i.e. CC- 12 and JUN-13) were the most impacted. The river network pathway (i.e. asymmetric eigenvector map (AEM) eigenfunctions) and topographical features (i.e. catchment land-use) explained most of the variation in water quality (62.2%), thus both proved to be useful spatial determinates of deteriorating water quality.

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Victory for the Vermilion River – A Roller Coaster Ride

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Wabagishik Rapids, Vermilion River

The Vermilion River has been under threat from the proposed development of 4 modified run-of-river hydroelectric facilities since finding out about them late in 2010.   The proposed Wabagishik Rapids Generating Station was the first of the 4 to move forward, and in November of 2013, the Vermilion River Stewardship, Ontario Rivers Alliance, and over twenty other individuals and organizations made Part II Order requests to the Minister of Environment, indicating that in our opinion Xeneca Power Development Inc. (Xeneca) did not meet the requirements of the Class EA for Waterpower in several areas, and requested that the Environmental Report (ER) be elevated to an Individual Environmental Assessment, a more rigorous environmental assessment.   Read more