Save Forest City Dam: Canadian/U.S. Heritage Waterway at Risk

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Dear Mr. Harvey,

We who sign this petition wish to draw your attention to a risk to an important part of our Heritage: the closure of the Forest City Dam, Forest City, New Brunswick/Maine, currently owned and operated by Woodland Pulp, a U.S. company. For nearly 200 years, New Brunswick and Maine have co-operated in sharing and protecting the shared waterways of the Chiputneticook Lakes/St. Croix watershed. Generations of families, including Indigenous Peoples, have historical ties to this waterway and many currently own and live on the shorelines. 

A letter from Maine Governor Paul R. LePage to President Donald J. Trump dated January 17, 2017 explains the reasons and consequences of this closure. He states, "The anticipated effect of removing the storage facilities at Forest City will be to drop the water level of East Grand Lake- a historic and renowned fishing and outdoors recreation spot- by up to six feet. The Mainers in that area rely almost solely on these activities for economic activity and employment." A further result of this action would be that some homes and cottages located in shallow coves, would lose their waterfront altogether.

The Canada/U.S. border runs through this waterway. For generations it has been a testament to the ability of our nations to share, protect and enjoy shared waterways. The love and passion for this historical and heritage waterway and its ecological diversity and sensitivity runs very deep for New Brunswickers, as much as it does for our "cousins" in Maine. Vacationers and cottage owners from outside the province/state also hold deep roots and a love for this special environ.

Mr. Harvey, the undersigned petition you  to urge the Government of Canada to intervene both bilaterally through the Government of the U.S. and through the International Boundaries and Water Commission to ensure that the water levels on the Chiputneticook Lakes / St. Croix Watershed continue to be maintained at their historic levels, thereby maintaining environmental integrity and economic sustainability for the Canadians who own property, live as permanent or seasonal residents, and who benefit from the beauty and economic resources of this waterway.



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