by Robert Davison
I have reached the following conclusions regarding the HIA:
- The analysis of ‘Heritage’ in the study is too narrow and, as such, permits a conclusion that would not be supported by a broader analysis.
- The salient question that is affected by this narrowing of the analysis is the effect on the Mississippi River Cultural Landscape.
- The study’s analysis, in respect to the Mississippi River Cultural Landscape, is not supported by the studies own stated facts.
- If a broader analysis is performed then the proposed change to the weir mediated water flow, that will reduce or eliminate a portion of the Bridge Falls, is not acceptable.
“…The cultural landscape is dynamic and has already absorbed many changes; the Enerdu project will add another modern component in the landscape that reduces the visibility of historic elements
The Enerdu Project is about power production, an activity that has been at the core of the community’s history since its founding.
The Enerdu Project will change the appearance of a key long- standing view up the river from the Number 2 falls and the Main Street Bridge, but the industrial and power development character will not change…” pg 21
“… the community’s history, geography and artistic productions demonstrate that the Mississippi River is the geographic spine of the community. Many visitors and artists are attracted to Almonte to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River, its structures and relics, and its waterfalls and rapids …” pg 14
“The river’s historical, social and cultural associations, as well as its influence on Almonte’s urban geography, bring it into the category of being a cultural heritage landscape.” pg 14
- Mississippi River
- Waterfalls of the Mississippi River
- Almonte’s Old town Hall
- Views and vistas
In responding to questions about the places that they preferred to show visitors, residents put the Mississippi River, the waterfalls, Almonte’s downtown and heritage buildings located near the river at the top of the list. “ pg 14