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I was glad to see so many people at the Campbell’s Bay RA Hall for the floodplain map consultation. We sent a STRONG message to Québec City! André Fortin, our mayors and MRC staff made it a priority to be there to stand up for the Pontiac! The next day in Gatineau, I was proud to hear that “the Pontiac came out in force and we were well mobilized”.

I was glad to see so many people at the Campbell’s Bay RA Hall for the floodplain map consultation. We sent a STRONG message to Québec City! André Fortin, our mayors and MRC staff made it a priority to be there to stand up for the Pontiac! The next day in Gatineau, I was proud to hear that “the Pontiac came out in force and we were well mobilized”.
André and I met the week of July 8 to strategize on future steps to ensure the provincial flood lines and requirements are realistic for the Pontiac to move forward. Mayors are anxious to issue building permits as soon as possible.
The flood of 2019 was unpredicted and unacceptable. There are calls for lawsuits and investigations; these sound good, but take time, cost money and may produce nothing. With nine months remaining until next spring, let’s find SOLUTIONS that will make a difference. The last time a new reservoir/dam to control the Ottawa River was considered was in 1980! A lot has changed with our weather in 39 years. I propose we ask for an assessment of the current holding power and request the
addition of a 14th reservoir on the Québec side, perhaps between Rapides and Temiskaming. I also support a return to local dam management.
The Pontiac region has plans for revitalization and we need to keep everyone here and attract more people! We need to protect the investment of our citizens! We are all in this together – Québec and Ontario! Keep up the fight!
Please check the proposed map at zis2019@mamh.gouv.qc.ca and submit the discrepancies and your comments by August 19th.

Jane Toller
Warden-MRC Pontiac