Friends of the Richelieu. A river. A passion.

"Tout cedit pays est fort uny, remply de forests, vignes & noyers. Aucuns Chrestiens n'estoient encores parvenus jusques en cedit lieu, que nous, qui eusmes assez de peine à monter le riviere à la rame. " Samuel de Champlain

"All this region is very level and full of forests, vines and butternut trees. No Christian has ever visited this land and we had all the misery of the world trying to paddle the river upstream." Samuel de Champlain

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Des excréments dans le canal

Photo: cojjack

À partir de la fin mai, tous les bateaux de plaisance qui naviguent dans les canaux de l'état de New York devront vider leurs excréments à des stations de pompage dédiées: fini les toilettes directement à l'eau!

Les citernes d'excréments posent des risques inacceptables aux cours d'eau et sont une source de pathogènes et de produits chimiques comme le formaldéhyde, les phénols et du chlore. Ils sont un danger pour la santé humaine et nuisent à la vie aquatique.

Les canaux qui banissent dorénavant le déversement d'excréments sont les canaux Érié, Cayuga-Seneca, Champlain et Oswego.

Vivement que le Canal de Chambly suivent l'exemple! Malgré un mois de mai pratiquement sans pluie, l'eau du Canal de Chambly est d'un brun opaque inexplicable. D'où vient toute cette matière brune?

Pourtant, la voie de service du Canal de Chambly est un endroit prisé des marcheurs, randonneurs, cyclistes et autres. Comment peuvent-ils endurer cette eau malsaine sans se plaindre?

Pour visiter le site des Amis du Canal de Chambly:
"New rules for discharging sewage begin Thursday May 27th

Starting Thursday, the state’s canal system is a no discharge zone which means boaters are banned from discharging sewage, officials said. Instead, boaters are asked to dispose of their sewage at specially-designated pump-out stations.

“Pumping sewage from boats into local waters is a practice that is both harmful and completely unnecessary,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck. “Boaters should access facilities into which they can pump their waste, and we can move toward eliminating this source of pollution in New York’s waterways once and for all.”

These discharges can contain harmful levels of pathogens and chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols, and chlorine. These can have a negative impact on water quality, pose a risk to human health and impair marine life. “The Canal Corporation is pleased to join with our environmental partners to announce the designation of the canal system as a no discharge zone,” said Carmella Mantello with the Canal Corporation. “The canal system offers various recreational opportunities to tourists and residents alike and is a vital economic resource to the hundreds of quaint communities lining the 524-mile waterway. The no discharge zone designation will go a long way toward protecting and preserving this national treasure to ensure its vitality for future generations to enjoy.”

The zone now encompasses the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Champlain, and Oswego canals."

Excerpts from article written by By Danielle Sanzone of The Record published here:

The Richelieu River also has its very busy and very touristy Chambly Canal, and is very popular for walking and cycling on its service road. But the water quality flowing in it is horrid: a dark brown, completely opaque liquid flows between the locks, even in this rainless month of May. Wonder where all that brown stuff is coming from?

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