Gatineau River Protection VICTORY!!
Save the Gatineau / Sauvons la Gatineau

Roy Dupuis, le président de la Fondation Rivières announces his adoption of the Gatineau River

Aug 1, 2012 - Canadian Wildlife Federation Video Contest WINNER: - Official Submission from "Save the Gatineau / Sauvons la Gatineau"

Read Roy Dupuis' letter of support to the Save the Gatineau / Sauvons la Gatineau team: Click for letter

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First Time HERE? – Let us sum it up for you…

this is a nightmare you couldn’t wish on anyone…it goes something like this…. Take a beautiful, drinkable river in a small, rural township (LaPeche) with approximately 8,000 permanent residents spread over 597 square kilometers.

Have your mayor propose to truck in the septic sludge from the 6 adjoining townships and add it to your own population (combined total of 46,000 people = MRC des Collines) for the creation of a massive riverside lagoon based treatment centre which will drain 100’s of tons of ‘treated’ effluent into the river each week.

Accept the recommendation that the best place to build these lagoons is on agricultural land in the heart of the countryside.

And finally, have everyone involved in the project INSIST that the water quality will actually be BETTER once the plant is built. Oh and it won’t smell. Don’t worry….

Incredulous yet? To recap: The MRC des Collines Council of Mayors, led by the Mayor of LaPeche, insist they are taking all our questions into consideration and now need time to reconsider the site and the technology until at least September.

Remember, they are the same Council of Mayors who saw nothing wrong with the current plan until the public started marching by the hundreds week after week… So while cautiously optimistic, we are continuing to apply pressure (letter writing, public relations, fund-raising events, roadside signage, petitions, social media, contests, etc.) and remaining vigilant.

2:17 minutes to sum it up in a slideshow– Irish recording artist Anthony Toner original song “Gatineau River Lullaby”

The Septic Waste to be ” treated” at the proposed treatment plant contains much more than human waste. It is a toxic cocktail that contains pathogenic micro-organisms, viruses, toxic chemicals used in our homes and any compound that has ever gone down a drain, including: – endocrine disruptors such as estrogen and a host of estrogen emulators that cause male fish to grow ovaries; – pharmaceuticals such as paracetamol, iboprufen and antibiotics; – toxic metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, silver and zinc; – synthetic organic chemicals. We know there are alternative technologies for treating septage that do not result in the release of effluent into the river and we want our elected officials to heed our concerns and re-boot their selection process from the beginning.

How can you help? If you like swimming, fishing, boating and drinking from the river, then we urge you to sign the petition. Along with the petition our website has ‘cut and paste’ libraries where you can send letters to politicians, newspapers or watchdog groups as well as review a calendar of upcoming events and dozens of comments from concerned citizens. There are also 100’s of pages of technical background to the problem (as well as alternative solutions) — but don’t feel bad if you can’t read it all —

— just remember that no other animal in the world would ever poop in their own water bowl. –Demand Better — sign our petition

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