What a stir that last blog post caused!
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
I thought it would be helpful if I provided a few ways we can TAKE ACTION beyond festering and fuming behind our computers. If you are so inclined to help make a difference on the Enerdu issue, here's what you can do. For now.
1. Get informed by reading here.
My Cole's notes take on the issue are the following:
a) Enerdu is proposing to expand the power generating station (out the back of the old Flour Mill) so that it will generate more power and take up more space (approximately 1/3 of the waterway between the mill and the Barley Mow patio).
b) To feed water into the generator, they will be building a weir (or dam like structure) upstream that will direct water to the left of the river and dry up the water that currently runs along the Riverwalk.
c) The generating station will be made of cement and be covered in warning labels that will (in my opinion) do nothing to deter kids from jumping into the water (because kids don't read warning labels) and do everything to annoy those who love the current aesthetic of the waterway.
d) To build the station, crews will have to blast the underwater shale and propose highly potential flood risk to both the pub and the downtown (which is located below the water level as it is).
Just for you, I stitched up a little diagram...
2. Sign the petition at almonte.com/petition
3. Write a letter to any or all of the following people BEFORE JUNE 18th! (that's when the heritage impact review closes).
I've added a copy of one of the letters I sent out below as an example. You need not be quite so long winded.
Just say what you need to say and end it.
Mr. John Levi (The Mayor of Mississippi Mills)
2210 Concession 6D
Ms. Muriel Kim
BluMetric Environmental Inc.
3108 Carp Road, P.O. Box 430
Carp, ON, K0A 1L0
T: (613) 839-3053, ext. 261
Ms. Julie Harris
120 Sunnyside Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1S 0R1
T: (613) 730-4059
4. If you want to get really serious, send me a short video with your "impact statement" so I can share the shit out of it online. How awesome would it be to start a collection of videos from those who really care!? (Talk about an appropriate use of social media.)
It's crazy to think that something like this could happen in our town.
And it's crazy to think that we can't make a difference
Because we can.
Please send videos or anything you'd like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org.