Many people had arrived on Thursday, making arrangements with Scott Sorensen for accommodation. Friday night was the official kickoff. The evening was kicked of by the arrival of a water bomber and helicopter due to the sighting of a lightning strike fire just south of Island Rapid.
Felix Martel from the Montreal Kayak Club was in the chopper doing supply and spotting work for the blaze.
Watching the DeHaviland Bombers scoop up water from Lake Temiskaming was pretty spectacular.
The AGM was held: The quorum was present with sufficient notice of the meeting.
Present: Brian Hart, Larry Wong, Sandra Kiviaho, Wendy Sladen, Erwin Allen, Rich Weiler, Jim Coffey, Ty Smith, Todd Weiler, Peter Karwacki, Jacek Luc, Shaunna Neil -Martin, Graham Kent, Jeremy Poulin, Bruce Samhaber, Pat and Scott Sorensen Regrets: Francois Diebolt, Rick Issacson.
Peter Karwacki called for Les Amis to develop more baseline data about the health of the River.
The presidents report was accepted as presented: Moved by Karwacki, Seconded by W. Sladen
The treasurer's report was included in the President's report.
Elections were held for the coming year: Results
Peter Karwacki - President - acclaimed
Rick Issacson -Vice President - acclaimed
Francois Diebolt - Treasurer - acclaimed
Membership Chair/Secretary - Shauna Neil-Martin - acclaimed
Rally Coordinator position and River Preservation positions are currently vacant.
Sales of merchandise on website probably not worth it.
New T-shirts are planned for the 27th annual rally.
Scott Sorensen advised that the native bands currently are in opposition to Opemican Park. The local population in Temiskaming Sud seem more interested in maintaining their traditional ability to Quad, Fish, Hunt and Snowmobile unfettered. The Innergex Project itself is on shaky ground due to the plans by Tembec to burn its wood refuse and create biomass power.
Upon completion of the AGM, Fireworks in celebration of the shelving of the Tabaret Project were held.
Antoine Stab attended the Rally for Espace Magazine/Adventrua Magazine
Ty Smith, MSc in River Management offered his support.
Jim Coffey said that the region had experienced some victories lately, the Kipawa over Tabaret, the Dumoine over its power projects, Calumet Island over uranium mining and the Petawawa over Xeneca. River advocacy is alive and well within the region. The fact that Tabaret has been shelved by Hydro Quebec may be parallel rather than a result of Les Amis's actions but he added: "a win... is still a win".
CEHQ is now the central contact point for water release requests. There was some discussion about the impact on fish when releases occur. Fish don't respond well to fluctuating levels.
Kipawa River Rally 2012
Net proceeds $ 1,463.11
Will be applied to river preservation efforts:
Future projects may include:
Acquisition of Hydro Quebec baseline data
Student plant and animal baseline studies
Rally Water Levels 2012
as per the guage we had peak flows of 120 cms for 8 to 12 hours a day.
Kipawa gauge: http://www.cehq.gouv.qc.ca/suivihydro/graphique.asp?NoStation=042610