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The Perpetual Challenge / Le defi perpétuel

 
 
The Perpetual Challenge / Le defi perpétuel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2017
1. The Perpetual Challenge / Le defi perpétuel Marker
Inscription.

Since the Rideau Canal opened in 1832, water management has been essential to its successful operation. Initially, water concerns focused on maintaining navigation and protecting engineering structures, with the excess water supplied to power mills.

For more than 150 years of canal operation, lumbering, settlement, commercial transport, industry, agriculture, recreation, hydro-electric power generation, tourism and urbanization have had their own effect on water management practices. Today, water management has evolved into a complex science: balancing the needs to ensure water levels, regulate water flow, maintain water quality and protect fish and wildlife.

A team of more than 10 organizations collaborate in the annual cycle of activities. Procedures are dictated by the weather and guided by historic records, a computer simulation model and years of experience. The mechanics include more than 50 dams and weirs, 13 electronic monitoring stations, water level recording at 24 lock stations, snow surveys, water sampling and thousands of hours of surveillance, adjustments and maintenance.

As an UNESCO World Heritage site, the perpetual challenge of water management and protection extends beyond the Rideau Canal. It is a challenge of shared responsibility to individuals from around the world to value and preserve

The Perpetual Challenge / Le defi perpétuel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 10, 2017
2. The Perpetual Challenge / Le defi perpétuel Marker
Watson's (AKA Long Island) Mill and Dam in background
our natural environment for the future generations.
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Depuis l'ouverture du canal Rideau en 1832, la gestion de l'eau est un élément essential de son bon fonctionnement. À l'origine, on se souciait avant tout d'assurer la navigation et de protéger les structures du génie; l'excès d'eau servait à alimenter les moulins.

Les pratiques de gestion de l'eau utilisées depuis la mise en fonction du canal il y a plus d'un siècle et demi ont été influencées par l'exploitation forestière, le peuplement de la région, le transport commercial, l'industrie, l'agriculture, les loisirs, la production d'hydroélectricité, le tourisme et l'urbanisation. De nos jours, la gestion de l'eau est devenue une science complexe : elle consiste à trouver un équilibre entre les divers besoins afin de maintenir un niveau d'eau suffisant, à régulariser le débit, à préserver la qualité de l'eau ainsi qu'à protéger les poissons et la faune.

Le canal Rideau, désigné site du patrimoine mondial par l'UNESCO, n'est pas le seul endroit où la protection et la gestion de l'eau posent un défi perpétuel. Des personnes du monde entier doivent relever le défi de valoriser et de préserver notre milieu naturel pour les générations à venir.

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Dam Backwater at Long Island Mill image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Dam Backwater at Long Island Mill
Looking SE along the Rideau River
bottom left to right, read]
• Long Island Lockstation/Post d'eclusage de Long Island
• Sketch of the Rideau Canal by Colonel By / Croquis du canal Rideau par Colonel By

 
Erected by Watson's Mill Manotick, Inc., Parks Canada, and UNESCO.
 
Location. 45° 13.637′ N, 75° 40.921′ W. Marker is in Manotick, Ontario, in Rideau-Goulbourn Ward, City of Ottawa. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A2, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Safety Valve and Power Source (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mill and Manotick / Le moulin et Manotick (within shouting distance of this marker); The Long Island Mill (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Carriage Shed / Hangar à chariots (about 90 meters away); War Memorial Cenotaph (about 90 meters away); A Square for All Time / Un place en permanence (about 90 meters away); Dickinson Square and Manotick / La Place Dickinson et Manotick (about 120 meters away); Manotick Remembrance Park / Parc du Souvenir de Manotick (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manotick.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rideau Canal National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Rideau Canal. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Watson's Mill History. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on November 19, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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