Update: Renaturalization work is underway on Chemin Burnett!

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by The Local
June 27, 2023
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Nick Linnen / Unsplash
Hey there, water enthusiasts and nature lovers! Remember our previous blog post where we imagined a water wonderland in Chelsea, Quebec? Well, today we've got some exciting news to share with you. The municipality of Chelsea has just released an update on the work currently underway on Chemin Burnett, and it looks like we're taking a small step closer to the future we envisioned!

Renaturalization for a better ecosystem 🌱

The municipality is committed to regenerating natural habitats, as outlined in its strategic plan, urban plan, and sustainable development action plan. With the aim of enhancing the ecological services provided by the land, shoreline renaturalization work has begun at the end of Burnett Road, near the Gatineau River.

But here's the best part: access to the river is not blocked, so we can all continue enjoying its beauty! 🌊🌳

The municipality aims to address the gravel runoff on Chemin Burnett caused by heavy rainfall by utilizing vegetation and renaturalization techniques, such as removing invasive plants. This effort will not only improve the shoreline but also bring a host of benefits for both the environment and us:

  • 🌿 Sediment filtration and improved water quality
  • πŸ’ͺ Bank stabilization
  • πŸŒ„ Landscape improvement
  • 🐝 Pollination and promotion of pollinator biodiversity with spring-flowering species like Amelanchier Canadensis

New pathways for non-motorized crafts πŸ›ΆπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Apparently, the municipality has been listening to residents and their feedback. As a result, a decision has been made to develop a pedestrian pathway that can be accessed by non-motorized crafts such as canoes and paddleboards. How awesome is that? In the near future, a more defined pathway will be established, using native ground cover plants like white clover and thyme, which are resistant to trampling. So, get ready to explore the river in style, my fellow adventurers!

Temporary restrictions and sediment barriers ⚠️🚧

While the work is ongoing, there might be temporary restrictions or blocked access to ensure the safety and efficiency of the project. But don't worry, it's all for a good cause! To protect water quality, a sediment barrier has been temporarily installed to prevent runoff into the river. Once the seedlings grow and the vegetation establishes itself naturally, the barrier can be removed. Weather permitting, this process is estimated to take approximately three weeks. In the meantime, the municipal team will be reducing the barrier to facilitate access for residents with non-motorized boats. How thoughtful of them! πŸŒ±πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ

No more unauthorized boat ramps πŸš«πŸš—

So, a while back, the municipality put up these super ugly concrete blocks to stop people from using that spot as a boat ramp. Hopefully, fingers crossed, they'll eventually replace them with something much nicer. This change was really needed to protect the environment and make life better for the folks living nearby, who were getting their entrances blocked by random vehicles. Just a friendly reminder, we've got an official boat launch and water access point over at Farm Point, near the community center. So, let's be responsible and make use of those designated spots.

Water access: A top priority for the Council πŸ’§πŸ—£οΈ

Apparently, the municipality understands the importance of water access for residents and visitors alike. In the last update, they said the Council is actively working on the matter. "They're eagerly awaiting the results of the shoreline characterization study, which will help identify the best access points." Once the study is received, a thorough analysis will be conducted, considering factors like accessibility and safety, among others.

So, my dear water enthusiasts and nature lovers, it seems like we're heading in the right direction or at least we hope so. The renaturalization work on Chemin Burnett, the development of a pedestrian pathway, and the municipality's commitment to water access all indicate progress toward our dream of a water wonderland in Chelsea. Let's stay positive for once and keep supporting these efforts that will make our town even more beautiful and sustainable.

Together, we can create a brighter future!


Until next time, keep splashing and exploring the wonders of nature! 🌊🌞


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