Welland River Floodplain Meetings

The NPCA is holding more Public information sessions at various locations throughout the area.  Please try to attend one of them in order to remain informed of what the NPCA is undertaking.

Also here is a link to article in the Welland Tribune


The NPCA is undertaking a new mapping exercise for the main branch of the Welland River from Binbrook Dam to the Niagara River.

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Welland River Floodplain Mapping Study

The NPCA is undertaking a new mapping exercise for the main branch of the Welland River from Binbrook Dam to the Niagara River.

A comprehensive consultation process involving three rounds of public information sessions will keep residents informed and provide an opportunity for participation and feedback.

The Consultation Summary Report from the February (Round #1) Public Information Sessions is available here: www.wellandriver.ca


Public Information Sessions – Be Informed – Ask Questions

Our first round of public consultation revealed that residents want more information on how water flowing through the river may affect the new flood lines. As such, the following June (Round #2) Public Information Sessions will focus on explaining the technical aspects of the floodplain modelling. We will also address any outstanding topics and seek your input on any new issues using the facilitated discussion format.

Note that draft floodlines will not be available at the Round #2 sessions.

Schedule for all meetings: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, formal presentation at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, June 1

Riverstone Event Centre

414 River Road, Welland

Monday, June 13

Legends on Niagara

9561 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls

Wednesday, June 8

Caistor Community Centre

1683 Abingdon Road, Caistor Centre, West Lincoln

Thursday, June 16

Wellandport Community Centre5042 Canborough Road (Reg. Road 63), Wellandport

Wind Concerns Ontario and Mandatory Support

Municipal Support must be manadatory for wind power contract bids! says Wind Concerns Ontario in its latest media release: Wind Concerns Ontario submitted a series of recommendations to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of the “engagement” process on the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process on May 3rd.

In its letter to the IESO, WCO stated unequivocally, The key issue is: neither the government nor participants in the procurement process have listened to valid community concerns or displayed any learning from problems created by the existing projects. Most people in rural Ontario seem to know more about the impact of wind turbines (economic, environmental, societal) than the people proposing projects, who continue to use outdated and limited information to support their proposals. Far from streamlining the process, the Green Energy and Economy Act has created a confrontational environment. Based on local activities such as municipal resolutions, public demonstrations and media stories, it is clear this situation is not going to change until provincial government agencies deal seriously with the problems that have been created by wind turbine projects to date.

Highlights of WCO Recommendations:
Qualification of bidders
Failure to deliver past projects on time should result in disqualification of bidders
Community engagement
“Engagement” should not be confused with “support”
Site considerations
IESO needs to do an independent technical review of proponent submissions
Municipal support
Full documentation should be provided to municipalities prior to bid submission…
Again, a resolution of support from a municipality must be a mandatory requirement for a bid in the RFP process

WRITE YOUR MPPs and the PREMIER in support of WCO, and demand compliance!

Ontario Energy Minister Aberration

Energy Minister claims $408 million increase is simply an “aberration” .

The Ontario Minister of Energy is seriously aberrant. Why? Here he is on why power rates are skyrocketing in Ontario:
When asked about the latest increase in electricity prices coming into effect May 1, 2015, Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli told the Legislature it was an “aberration.” He went on to blame Ontario consumers for the price rise because they “used less electricity than expected this past winter”. ©Parker Gallant

The last part of this snippet defies logic and facts; if you use less, you pay less, no?  Not in Ontario because it’s the other way around in the Wynne-lose government.

The rates for every kWh of electricity consumed since 2008 have cost ratepayers $9.5 billion more than if the rates been maintained at 6.02 cents/kWh. The average annual increase ratepayers have paid for just electricity has been almost $1.4 billion1. and has been caused mainly by the addition of renewable energy, principally in the form of unreliable and intermittent wind and solar requiring back-up support from gas plants.
1.Please note the $2 billion cost of smart meters, transmission lines to connect wind and solar to the grid are billed in the “delivery” line.

So, it is no longer common in the province to receive power bills where the delivery charges are lower than the cost of power used, maybe that’s the “aberration”, as well as the Minister



Representing Landowners from
Niagara Falls, Pelham, Wainfleet, Welland & West Lincoln
Email: wellandriverfloodplain@gmail.com

AGM Agenda

April 6, 2016 Wainfleet Fire Hall 7:00 pm

Opening remarks – Len Aarts, President

1) Approve agenda
2) Minutes of 2015 AGM
3) Business arising from minutes
4) Financial report – Barb Christopher, Treasurer
5) Appointment of Auditors until the close of the next AGM 6) Nomination Committee report
7) Resolution ratifying 2016 Board of Directors
8) New business
9) Adjourn

Update – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Bev Lepard

Question period

Cause For Concern

Fear For Your Trees! Fear for your property.

How many trees? [OWR]: “Niagara Region Wind Farm project co-ordinator Shiloh Berriman wouldn’t say how many trees would be cut on along the 45 km route laid out for the transmission lines.”

Read the article in The Tribune: “[Andy Koopal] said the tree – likely a sapling when Canada became a country – was one of eight old growth oaks that border his 10 hectares of farmland on Concession 6 in Wellandport, near Side Road 42.
“[Wainfleet’s engineering manager Richard Nan] said the Green Energy Act also allows green energy companies “to cut everything within 10 feet of that hydro wire,” including trees on private property.”

“Nan said the agreement with municipalities also requires the company to plant new trees to replace the ones that were cut.
And Nan said the company is required to plant several trees to replace larger old growth trees, like the oaks bordering on Koopal’s property.”

But how do you compare a newly planted sapling with a 150 year old old growth Oak? The Green Energy Act seems to be the Ontario government’s preferred method of misappropriating private property.

PLUS, 7 or more

The Wainfleet Resolution is gaining more and more support, from 51 to 58 other Ontario Councils, the latest being Prince Edward County:
story by Amanda Lorbetski, Inquinte.ca
The number of Councils keeps going up as you read, now 60…

See the Wind Industry’s response here: NAWP.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, “It’s out there”.

WAINFLEET Resolution Joined by Other Councils

2016 03 04 Media Release Re Wind Power Generation Resolution

Mayor April Jeffs and Wainfleet Council passed a Resolution in late January 2016 calling on the Ontario government not to award more Feed-In- Tariff contracts for power generation from wind.  The Resolution has been endorsed by 51 other Councils in Ontario.  The list of Councils appears in page 2 of the embedded document released by Wainfleet Council:
[quote] Now that coal-fired power plants have closed, the government should have met its carbon reduction goals for the electrical power system in Ontario which is now largely based on carbon-free hydroelectricity and nuclear power. This gives the province an opportunity to assess renewable generation alternatives that have less impact on the host communities.

WRA Vision

Our Vision Statement:

After a successful campaign on the Water and Sewer issue for Lakefront properties, the WRA continues to lead by example, showing how a rural community WORKING TOGETHER can protect its environment, have potable water by using innovative technology designed specifically for rural homes, and through inspection and education programs be a self sustaining and greener community.

WRA will also support responsible Wind Action against the placement of Industrial Wind Turbines in Wainfleet in order to protect the health and safety of residents threatened by improper siting and construction of IWT’s. The WRA also supports action against new Welland River Floodplain limits. Click on the Wind Action link below for more information. 

Wind Action

In so doing, WRA retains and maintains the rural integrity and character essential to our community.

We invite you to visit us or attend an event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join.