New documentary explores Cowansville river

BCN Staff

The Brome-Missisquoi MRC, in collaboration with the Comité de sauvegarde du bassin versant du Lac Davignon, the Association de conservation du Mont Écho, Appalachian Corridor and the Réseau de milieux naturels protégés are launching the film, « À la découverte du ruisseau de Jackson » by Étienne Benoit. The documentary is the result of a year of research on the trail of Jackson Creek, one of the three tributaries of Davignon Lake in Cowansville.

According to a press release, this 24-km long watercourse originates in the Singer and Echo Mountains, contains pure, clear, water, and is home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna.

In the form of an investigation and quest, the director follows the trail of the creek to retrace its history, highlighting the pioneers of its conservation.

“I never thought I’d find so much information about such a small river,” said Etienne Benoit.

In addition to presenting the beauty of the stream, the film addresses its fragility, the impact of human presence and brings a reflection on the issue of accessibility, preservation and privatization of natural environments.

The film was produced in collaboration with the Brome Lake Museum, the Missisquoi Museum, the Cowansville Historical Society, the Association de conservation du Mont Écho, the OBV Yamaska, and the Comité de sauvegarde du bassin versant du lac Davignon.

A private screening will be held on Feb. 22, but the documentary will be made available to the public on YouTube and the platforms of the MRC and the collaborating organizations the day after the private screening.

The documentary is part of a trilogy aimed at raising awareness of the three tributaries of Lac Davignon. The next films in the trilogy will be on the South-East Yamaska River and the North Branch Brook.

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