The Canadian Secretary of State for External
Affairs (Bennett) to the
American Chargé (Boal)
Ottawa, June 10,
Sir: I have the honour to refer to my
note No. 27, dated the 21st March, 1933, concerning the
operations which the War Department was proposing to conduct in
Canadian waters, in connection with the dredging of certain
shoal areas in the St. Clair River.
The first two conditions set forth in the note required that your
Government, having decided upon the extent of the proposed
improvement, should, before proceeding with the dredging and
disposal of spoil material, submit the results of their further
studies to the engineers of the Department of Public Works, and
secure the concurrence of the Canadian Government engineers
therein, in order that the maximum beneficial effect from the
disposal of the waste material should be obtained. They also
provided that the Canadian Government should be informed in
advance of the method to be followed in carrying out the work,
and should be provided with a programme of operations.
I understand that pursuant to these conditions the United States
authorities have made certain submissions to the Canadian
Government engineers in respect to the improvement of that
section of the St. Clair River channel from the head of the St.
Clair Flats Canal upstream as far as Algonac, Michigan, about
opposite the head of Walpole Island in Ontario. These
submissions have been examined by the Canadian Government
engineers and I have been authorized by the Department of Public
Works to request you to notify the United States engineer
officer that the work may be proceeded with according to the
scheme submitted, in so far as the section of the river
improvement under this portion of the proposal is concerned.
It is understood that the submission referred to does not
contemplate the disposal of waste material on Walpole and
Squirrel Islands and the marshes south thereof and that,
accordingly, there is no occasion for the operation of
conditions (9) to (12) inclusive, as set forth in the note
referred to above.
O. D. Skelton
For the Secretary of State for External Affairs