From Daniel Buckles:
Dan Wilcock (resident RiverKeeper representative), and others know how to make the most of water and ice on Remic Beach in our neighbourhood. A nature-based rink along the Ottawa river, with a great photo featured on CBC News:
Subject: The Ottawa River & Remic Beach
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2020 02:58:40 +0000 (UTC)
From: Dan Wilcock <CPCADan@gmail.com>
With many of us turning to activities close to home this year, there has been an increase in recreational activity along the Ottawa River, including at our local spot, Remic Beach. If you have been wondering about your options and the quality of the water, there are a number of relevant resources available.
During summer, the City of Ottawa collects water samples daily from its supervised municipal beaches, including Westboro Beach, and tests for the presence of E.coli bacteria. Water samples will be collected between June 27 and August 30, 2020. For water sampling results at supervised beaches, please visit the City’s page:
Swim Guide publishes water quality information for a wide variety of locations. Remic Beach has a separate page on Swim Guide, showing results of E.coli testing, supported by Ottawa Riverkeeper. However, the frequency of testing differs from the City of Ottawa and the results are only a likely representation of water quality. Relevant status updates and information can be found here:
With support from the Water Rangers program, the Champlain Park community has also been monitoring other water health parameters in the Ottawa River such as temperature, clarity, pH, hardness, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and conductivity. Regular testing is establishing baseline data, allowing more meaningful long-term observations of our river’s health. Water quality results are available at:
Dan Wilcock is a member of Riverkeeper’s riverwatcher network and is leading local water quality monitoring. For any questions contact Dan at CPCADan@gmail.com. Please report any pollution concerns to Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Pollution Hotline at 1-888-9KEEPER.
Additional information about locations and activities on our reach of the river is available here: https://champlainpark.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/celebrating-our-ottawa-river-1.pdf
However you choose to play along the Ottawa River, please stay alert for hazards such as currents, deadheads and changing water levels – and remember to use appropriate safety equipment such as personal flotation devices. Stay safe and have fun!
The floodwaters have now receded, leaving behind garbage and debris along the Ottawa River shoreline.
We are seeking volunteers to help clean up the area along the river, north of Champlain Park, and remove the garbage from our waterways.
Please join the shoreline cleanup at:
Remic Beach on Saturday 29 June, 10am – 12pm
For any questions contact Dan Wilcock at CPCADan@gmail.com
Thanks to Water Rangers, the Champlain Park community now has a citizen science test kit that will allow us to monitor water health parameters in the Ottawa River such as temperature, clarity, pH, hardness, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and conductivity. Regular testing will create baseline data, allowing more meaningful long-term observations of our river’s health.
Dan Wilcock is the local member of Ottawa Riverkeeper’s riverwatcher network and is leading Champlain Park’s water quality monitoring.
If you’re interested in learning more, or getting involved in water testing, Dan will demonstrate the test kit at:
Remic Beach on Saturday 29 June, at 11am
Water quality results are available at:
City Councillors Leiper and McKenney have organized a free beginner shore fishing clinic to be held at:
Remic Rapids on Saturday June 29 from 5 – 7pm
Full details are at the Facebook event page here.
Jeff Leiper’s office has been working with the NCC, sport fishing groups, naturalists and others to offer an educational evening that is inclusive and welcoming for all ages and everyone. They’ll have lots of tackle (fishing gear) on hand and lifeguards to enjoy a safe, very hands-on learning experience.