Environmental Impact Assessment
Carillon Barracks National Historic Site of Canada Management Plan
Summary of the Strategic Environmental Assessment
The review of the management plan for the Carillon Barracks National Historic Site of Canada was carried out in accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals (1999). Implementation of the management measures of the management plan promotes the commemorative integrity of the site and protection of its cultural resources. All of the above is in accordance with the site’s Commemorative Integrity Statement.
The strategic environmental assessment was carried out based on the preliminary version of the management plan in order to be able to incorporate the mitigation measures proposed before a final decision was made as to the environmental impacts of the management measures. This enabled us to adjust the preliminary management plan accordingly. The environmental assessment showed that the majority of sources of stress have little or no impact. However, the rapid variation of the level of the Ottawa River poses a considerable risk of property damage. Furthermore, we would need to examine the impact of the proximity of farmland on local drinking water as a potential source of stress. Management measures appear in the management plan in order to control such situations. The potential negative impacts that give the greatest cause for concern can be mitigated by applying known technical measures or other means that have proven effective in the past. A more detailed environmental assessment of each project will have to be conducted prior to the planning stage, when sufficient details are available of what the project entails.
Results of the strategic environmental assessment leads us to conclude that based on the information available, the management measures adopted for the site are acceptable. Overall, the strategic measures presented are in keeping with Parks Canada’s mandate and management practices. This assessment concludes that the Management Plan for the Carillon Barracks will renew and improve the commemorative integrity of the site.