Saturday, August 1, 2009

Transparency and the Niagara River Greenway

One concern I have had since the Niagara River Greenway process started: how do we ensure our requests and suggestions are not only acknowledged, but implemented? My understanding is this is a public process and projects, especially controversial ones, are to have public hearings and input.

If we continue to be ignored and summarily dismissed do we, NREC, the Niagara ReLicensing Environmental Coalition, have a plan to implement and ensure greater transparency? If we don't, shouldn't we?

Were any changes made to the recently approved projects? To any project? I know many had and voiced concerns regarding the Scenic Trail in Lewiston and the use of non native trees in the ReTree Proposal.

Did NREC receive any written correspondence from the Greenway Commission about the Scenic Trail? About ReTree? If not, why not? If so, could it be shared, please.

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