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    Peter Karwacki

    The fact that we are currently in court with the federal government over navigation rights (in fact we are doing examinations this week and next is taxing our resources as a not-for-profit, volunteer organization

    As a result it is currently an inopportune time to make this presentation even though we remain intensly interested in making this presentation to the CDA and will endeavor to introduce it at a future conference if this opportunity is missed.

    For your information: The goal is to use the opportunity to stand up and talk to these folks in a non-adversarial atmosphere about the value of navigation and how navigation can be accommodated as a shared value on waterways, design issues, hazard removal, addressing liability issues.I had limited time to prepare the paper, but I do believe it covers all the main issues in the allowable space, only 8 pages. My feeling is that the paper is one thing, the presentation of the paper is another. The paper won’t receive the light of day, that is, get published in the compendium, unless it is presented. Then it becomes part of the offical record and part of the public domain. Others will get a chance to read it and use the references in it.

    We want to avoid confrontational issues simply referencing that the matter is pending in Judicial Review and stick to the value of navigation for recreational and commercial purposes, as part of the national heritage, future of tourism, mom and apple pie issues.

    I expect cynicism and skepticism as well as barriers but I’d avoid an adversarial approach in this conference and I’d adopt a conversational, friendly manner to disarms people Encourage the audience to be open to find a way to help them achieve their aims and resolve their concerns in a way that satisfies our interests as well.

    The registration fee is still not paid, But I now have the final go ahead from the CDA technical committee. They have both french and english versions. Quite a few people have looked at it already, including a couple from the internet feedback request.

    It’s a great opportunity to present these ideas in the lion’s den.

    The paper is included here for your review:

    Peter Karwacki, 1620 Trenholm Lane, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K4A 4B6

    Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) proponent of alterations to an existing Class B Dam at Laniel, Quebec has applied for approval under the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Located at the outflow from lake Kipawa and the start of this section of the Kipawa River this dam was originally constructed in 1910. Concerns for its age, structural integrity, and the need to increase the water release capacity at this location means that the project will proceed.

    A not-for-profit organization representing the commercial and recreational white water community, Les Amis de la Rivière Kipawa (LARK), is arguing that given the value of Kipawa river’s whitewater, PWGSC should not, unnecessarily, by design, impair navigable access to the river at the location of the new structure. In fact access to the river since 1968 has included, water levels permitting, navigating the open sluiceways of the Laniel flood control dam.

    The paper will discuss issues and relevance of multiple use potential of water control structures, as well as recreational navigation issues including: spillway design and required clearances; dam and boom design; water flows and safety issues; and finally joint management/users groups.

    Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada (TPSGC), initiateur d’un projet de reconstruction du barrage de Laniel, classé de catégorie B, a fait une demande de permis sous la Loi sur la protection des eaux navigables (LPEN). Localisé à la sortie du lac Kipawa et constituant le début du tronçon de la rivière du même nom, le barrage de Laniel a été construit au début des années 1910. Des déficiences en raison de l’âge de la structure, de son intégrité structural et les besoins d’augmenter la capacité d’évacuation de l’ouvrage font que le projet de reconstruction a été jugé nécessaire.

    Les Amis de la Rivière Kipawa (LARK), un organisme sans but lucratif souligne l’importance des zones d’eaux vives, telles que rencontrées sur la rivière Kipawa, comme outil de développement économique au Canada et à travers le monde. Selon LARK, TPSGC ne devrait pas, de par sa conception, limiter l’accès à la navigation au droit de la nouvelle structure. En fait, l’accès à la rivière depuis 1968 comprend, lorsque les niveaux d’eau le permettent, la navigation à travers l’ouvrage de Laniel.

    Cet article discute des enjeux et de la pertinence de maintenir un usage multiple aux ouvrages de contrôle et des enjeux reliés à la navigation tels : la conception d’un déversoir et les dégagements nécessaires; la conception d’estacades de sécurité ; les écoulement d’eau, les problèmes de sécurité, de même que la gestion conjointe avec les groupes d’intervenants.


    Navigation of water control structures occurs on various rivers in North America such as on the Achigan and Bonnybrook rivers in Quebec, the Moose River in New York, and the Gull River in Minden, Ontario where there is a Whitewater Preserve established. The dam on the Gull River owned by Parks Canada is part of the Trent/Severn waterway and gets run hundreds of times/week during the summer.

    Paddles of Ager’s falls on the Moose River in New York must sign a waiver prior to passing over the dam during the Moose River Paddling Festival. The AWA (American Whitewater Affiliation) has an agreement with the power company to provide 20 releases per year on the bottom Moose. Ten of the days are locked to specific Sundays with the remaining ten scheduled by AWA Bottom Moose coordinator. On the other hand, several people have been ticketed for running Fenelon Falls, Ontario, which involves coming within the 50m no boating zone for the dam just above the falls.

    In Temiscamingue, “Les Amis de la rivière Kipawaâ€

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