Cousteau
Alexandra Cousteau

by Brent Eades

Almonte and its river may soon feature in a documentary film project led by Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of the renowned explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau.

RiverWatcher Mike O’Malley reports that Almonte has made the short-list for the upcoming Blue Legacy film series about the Ottawa River system, of which the Mississippi is a tributary.

The river between Appleton and Almonte would be the setting for a segment examining the governance of dams and river eco-systems, focussing on the potential impact of the proposed Enerdu project on the Appleton wetlands and on nearby communities.

During a Skype interview with RiverWatchers this week, Cousteau was moved by photos of the Appleton wetlands and by stories of the community, citizen-scientists and municipal leaders working together to address the issue, calling it “a story that will serve to inspire others.”

The film project is a joint venture between Blue Legacy, Ottawa RiverKeeper, and the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation. Production will take place in September of this year.

Blue Legacy’s mission is to “tell the story of our water planet and shape society’s dialogue to include water as one of the defining issues of the 21st century.” It was founded by Alexandra Cousteau in 2008.

Local film makers Rob and Sharon Newton are also working on a documentary about the Almonte community and Enerdu, for release this fall.