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Urgent Action - Gatineau Park
> * URGENT ACTION ALERT *
> SEND YOUR FAX BY WEDNESDAY 17 DECEMBER
> Road Construction in Gatineau Park
> The National Capital Commission are planning a new visitor centre in
> Gatineau Park, at the location of the existing park administration offices
> on Scott Road in Chelsea. One contentious issue involves the construction
> of a new entrance roadway.
> CPAWS-Ottawa Valley Chapter has reviewed the NCC's environmental
> assessment for the project. We support the report's conclusion regarding
> access - that access should be directly from Scott Road, as it currently
> is (Option 1). As straightforward as this may seem, some public support
> for this option is needed to ensure that park administration choose the
> recommended option (Option 1). See sample letter below.
> The environmental assessment found that the other 2 options would result in:
> - a 5-fold greater loss of greenspace
> - loss of wooded area and shoreline habitat
> - road construction along Chelsea Creek
> - construction of a bridge across Chelsea Creek
> - contamination of the Creek during construction
> - increased erosion and sedimentation in the creek
> - disruption of aquatic wildlife and habitat
> - significant increase in pollutant levels in the soil and in Chelsea Creek
> due to surface runoff
> - Option 3 involves re-routing Chelsea Creek
> This action alert brought to you by
> CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY
> Ottawa Valley Chapter/Section Valee de l'Outaouais
> tel: (613) 730-2797 fax: (613) 730-0005
> P.O.Box 3072, Station D, Ottawa ON K1P 6H6
> Protecting wild Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and beyond since 1970.
> Protegeant la nature sauvage de l'Ontario et du Quebec depuis 1970.
> * SEND YOUR FAX BY WEDNESDAY 17 DECEMBER *
> You can use the sample letter below.
> Simply print, sign, and fax the segment below this line.
> Attn: Mrs. Sandra Pecek
> Public Consultation and Community Relations
> National Capital Commission
> 202 - 40 Elgin Street, Ottawa
> BY FAX: (613) 239-5180
> Re: access to new Gatineau Park visitor centre
> Dear Mrs. Pecek,
> I am writing to encourage Gatineau Park administration to adopt "Option 1:
> access from Scott Road" for access to the new Gatineau Park visitor
> centre, as recommended in the NCC's own environmental assessment.
> Option 1 is by far the least environmentally damaging. It is also the
> most desirable for economic and safety reasons. Please keep me informed
> of decisions regarding this important issue.
> (signature, name, address)
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