Upcoming Event for Grassy River High Falls and Little Hawk Portage
May 8th in Timmins
This Area may soon Disappear, if not for Your Help!
If this place looks familiar … Read on
A proposed HydroElectric development will drastically change High Falls on the Grassy River. The scenic beauty of these rapids and waterfall, only 23 km from downtown Timmins, will be lost forever as the river flow is forced into a large pipe to feed the turbine and generator. The falls, as we now know it, will cease to exist. The preliminary work has already started as an environmental screening process is now happening. Public input will be sought probably in early Spring 2008 or 2009 or 2010 or 2011 or 2012 - Who knows ?
If you want to do something about it or want more information please Email: GrassyRiver@gmail.com
Google Map/Panoramio Showing Area of the Proposed Dam
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Apr 4, 2013
Mar 5, 2012
We weren't able to get right up close but certainly close enough to get some outstanding views and a couple of nice shots
Here's one of them
Posted by Markus at 4:21 PM
Sep 12, 2011
Jun 4, 2011
Couple of guys from Timmins braving the rapids/falls at Upper High Falls
The first guy(Andrew) rode the rapids all the way to the bottom sucessfuly while the second guy(Dan) busted his paddle in half and swam the rest of the rapids to the bottom and was quite battered from the ordeal - this was their first and last attempt at the falls. Flows as you can see were quite high
Please do not attempt this at home boys and girls - these guys are highly trained professionals :-)
Music courtesy of a local band many years ago, called Belly Up
Posted by Markus at 7:29 AM
Apr 18, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
The Ontario Rivers Alliance would like to recognize the International Day of Action for Rivers around the World. The development of so called "Green Energy" waterpower projects are having numerous negative impacts on Communities and River Ecosystems around the globe!
To most, Green Energy means "environmentally friendly", but Environment Canada and MNR studies indicate that dams which hold water flow back to generate power for peak demand results in decreased water quantity and flow, and impacts on water quality both upstream and downstream of the dams. This results in a rise in water temperature, sediment retention and turbidity, higher nitrogen and phosphorus levels from nutrient loading, increase in methyl mercury, low dissolved oxygen levels, which results in harm to aquatic life, and degradation of habitat. These dams also impede fish passage, and further endanger species at risk, and the entire biota of the river system.
Waterpower projects are only one in a long list of challenges facing our River Systems today. Whether it be waste water treatment facilities spilling effluent into our watersheds, over-development of shorelines, invasive species, algae, cyanobacteria or climate change, these River systems are facing increased pressure from development. It is important for each of us to have an awareness, and to make a contribution towards protecting and preserving Rivers around the world. We have a responsibility to our Children to leave a legacy of clean and healthy rivers and ecosystems!
Take action today – write a letter of concern to the editor of your local newspaper, or to your Member of Parliament.
Our children are depending on us!"
Posted by Markus at 12:01 AM
Feb 24, 2011
Two Members of Friends of High Falls / Friends of the Grassy River attended this meeting in NorthBay last weekend to show our support for the Ontario Rivers Alliance - it was a great meeting and has great potential in the fight
Posted by Markus at 5:05 PM