May 19, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - An open house today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. will provide the public with the latest information on the Eel River Dam Removal Project.
"This open house gives us the opportunity to engage the community in the upcoming project, while offering an interactive approach," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "The session will update residents on work currently underway, while allowing them to obtain accurate information about how the project will be carried out."
The open house will be hosted by Eel River Bar First Nation and the Department of Supply and Services with its consultant, Stantec Consulting Ltd., at the Eel River Bar First Nation Community Centre, 11 Main St., unit 201, Eel River Bar. Residents may stop by any time between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"This significant environmental restoration project is the realization of work and dedication of our community and the provincial and federal government partners which made this project a reality," said Chief Everett Martin of the Eel River Bar First Nation. It is the culmination of some 15 years of work to negotiate the removal of the Eel River Dam and restore the river to its natural state as mother earth intended. It is a great day for our community and we will realize the restoration of this beautiful river to allow nature to move freely once again."
The open house will include storyboards, video, computer simulations and time lines about upcoming activities related to the removal of the Eel River dam. The public is invited to view the project information on display. Staff will be available to answer questions.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Councillor Gordon LaBillois, Eel River Bar First Nation, 506-684-6277; Chris Blair, Stantec Consulting Ltd., 506-457-3224.