Wabagishik Rapids is a beautiful 1 km stretch of rapids on the Vermilion River, about 1/2 hour west of Sudbury, Ontario. A developer is proposing to build a modified run of river hydroelectric dam that would produce enough power to supply about 1,600 homes. These types of dams have numerous negative impacts associated with them, and are very harmful to the riverine ecosystem. Check out this film to find out more.
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A company named WaterPower Group held a public meeting, in October of 2012, for members of the Capreol Business Association, Capreol Community Action Network, and members of the Town at the Millenium Centre. This proponent proposes to build a hydroelectric dam on the Vermilion River at Cedar Rapids.
We are in a Green Energy Rush – like the gold rush days of old. I think everyone wants green energy, but many of these proposals have been green-washed to make them appear to be safe for the environment, when in fact they are dirty energy. Hydro-electric projects that use holding ponds, and ‘modified peaking’ to take advantage of peak demand bonus rates, are actually dirty energy.
The Lower Vermilion Source Water Quality Monitoring Project – a 3-year study characterizing the lower Vermilion River with a goal of identifying any negative inputs and outputs affecting water quality, and to ultimately recommend a course of action to protect and restore water quality on the Vermilion River system.