Important information concerning the Navigation on the Richelieu river and Lake Champlain

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, June 23, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Owing to substantial flooding of the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain, nautical activity in the region has been delayed in the following municipalities: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, Lacolle, Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, Venise-en-Québec, Noyan, Henryville and Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois. Following is a brief overview of the current state of nautical activity in the region. 

NAVIGATION  

RICHELIEU RIVER & CHAMPLAIN LAKE 

Since June 9th, navigation is again allowed in daytime, from sunrise to sunset on the Richelieu River between Lake Champlain and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, as well as Missisquoi Bay and its tributaries. For safety reasons and to avoid damage to riverside properties, the speed of watercraft in these sectors is limited to 10 km/hour.

CHAMBLY CANAL
Parks Canada has finished the inspections of the facilities at the Chambly Canal and its reopening is going well.

Parks Canada, was pleased to announce that the opening of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site is planned for July 1st, 2011.

Note that boat travel in the St Ours Lock has been allowed since June 10th.

WATER QUALITY 
According to water quality classifications, the quality of water in the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain is good to passable depending on the zone.

CN SWING BRIDGE
The Canadian National (CN) swing bridge on the Richelieu River has been operation since Wednesday June 15, 2011.

CUSTOMS 

Canada 

Quai Richelieu, the office of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) on the Richelieu River, is now open since June 22nd . The installations are now ready to resume CBSA operations.  The hours of operation for the office are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (7 days a week) until October 31st.  From now on, all boats temporarily imported (on E29B) must stop at the wharf to confirm their departure from Canada.

In view of the circumstances and exceptionally this year, all E29B that expire on June 30 will benefit from an automatic one-month extension. Thus, the new expiry date will be July 31, 2011.

United States
Border crossings on waterways are all functional and in operation.

SOURCE ASSOCIATION MARITIME DU QUEBEC (AMQ)

For further information:

Sophie Latour
Office du tourisme 
du Haut-Richelieu
450 542-9090 / 888 781-9999
www.a20minutes.com

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