Views of the partially developed Chats Fall
on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River
would not exist if this excellent lock-system
had been completed,
at the time it was started.
The locks should be completed ...NOW
location for the bypass is far more logical, for the following
- Work on the
locks has already been carried out to a large extent.
infrastructure to handle boat docking, etc.,
already exists at the Quebec location.
- The mayor of the
nearby community of Quyon is quite happy to accommodate.
- It makes far
more sense in terms of benefit to the local economy, to have the
bypass where the proper infrastructure exists.
- It makes far
greater environmental sense to use the existing lock site.
- Locating the
bypass at the Willola Beach side would be environmentally
destructive to the fish habitat of the area.
- It would also
prove environmentally destructive to put the bypass road through
the existing park and wetlands areas.
- A required
500-ft. berm at Willola Beach would be aesthetically offensive, and therefore
unacceptable from a "social environment" perspective.
- The bypass route
would place residents, (especially young children), in harms way on
an ongoing basis.
Environmental Assessment procedure it fundamentally flawed from
both a technical perspective, and from the perspective of its
inadequate disclosures, and deficiencies in its obligation to
inform the public in a timely and transparent manner.