The Way We Were Compiled by Bonnie Chevrier

June 9, 1993

25 Years Ago

First Ottawa River by-pass now open for boating traffic: History was made on June 5, 1993 when Rapides des Joachims officially opened its “river doors” to boating traffic.
Rapides was the first of three Phase One sites to do so.
The other two sites are located at Mattawa and Temiscaming and those sites are expected to open within the next few weeks.
The Rapides system will enable craft up to 32 feet in length to by-pass the hydro dam and to navigate the Ottawa River for an approximate distance of 120 km. Boaters may now travel from Pembroke to the town of Mattawa.
Improvements to lagoons complete Coulonge-Mansfield sewer system: Improvements now underway on the Fort Coulonge and Mansfield sewer system show how modern disposal methods turn waste into wealth.
After 30 years of use by both municipalities, the two lagoons just off Rue Principale east that make up the system’s treatment facility were judged to be in need of modernization.
A $1.8 million project started at the first of this year will make the lagoons safer and more effective.

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