Ottawa River Summit


Key watershed players from Ontario and Quebec came together on May 29, 2015, to take action on regional water protection at our biggest event ever. Together we charted the course for the future of our watershed.

Ottawa River Watershed Declaration

We’re bringing forward a proposal on river governance using the guidelines put forward in The Ottawa River Watershed Declaration.

The Declaration was championed by Advisory Committee members, John Karau (representing Conservation Authorities) and David Pharand (Mayor, Duhamel, QC).

These articulate leaders encouraged others to sign the declaration and acknowledge our shared responsibility to preserve the Watershed.

The declaration reminds leaders that the biodiversity and water quality affects the well-being of communities within your watershed. The mayors of Ottawa Jim Watson and of Gatineau Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin signed the Declaration. By acknowledging the important role their cities have to protect and celebrate the Ottawa River they’ve made themselves more accountable to you. 

Want to know more? 
Read and sign the Declaration here.

 

Joint Committee on Water Management

With your help, and the support of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, we welcomed Honourable David Heurtel, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change and the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change to announce the creation of a joint Ontario-Quebec Committee on Water Management.

This committee makes co-operation between Québec and Ontario simpler than before. Now they’ll be able to easily share resources and information on a wide range of water management issues.