This Area may soon Disappear, if not for Your Help!


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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 ?

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Feb 24, 2011

Ontario Rivers Alliance -- PRESS RELEASE


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




MEDIA RELEASE
Feb. 24, 2011

Alliance concerned about river power proposals

SUDBURY, Ont. -- Environmentalists, recreational users and tourism operators have formed a coalition to protect the health of Ontario river systems.

"We are hearing concerns from across Ontario that the provincial government's Green Energy Act could actually damage our ecosystems," says Linda Heron, interim chairperson for the Ontario Rivers Alliance. "Like most people in this province, our members thought green energy would involve projects that would produce power without causing environmental harm. But our research indicates that the government needs help in assessing what damage might be caused to our watersheds by energy producers whose prime motivation seems to be profit."

Heron said that lack of shared information about the impacts of proposed hydro-electric dam projects was a common thread in concerns expressed by participants in the inaugural ORA meeting.  Heron, a member of the Vermilion River Stewardship -- one of 13 river systems represented to date by alliance members – said the meeting attracted attendees from the Muskokas in the south to as far north as Timmins. 

"We heard from marina owners, engineers, paddlers and First Nations citizens—all of whom came together in a common cause:  to speak up for healthy rivers," she said.  "We feel we can play a key role in raising public awareness about the importance of our most precious natural resource – our water."

The Ontario Rivers Alliance is expanding its network and canvassing prospective members in advance of a meeting scheduled for April  2nd in North Bay.

CONTACT:

Linda Heron
Ontario Rivers Alliance
Tel: 705-866-1677

4 comments:

  1. Great to see this alliance standing up against the Green Energy Act. I hope that there is good attendance for your April meeting. Please keep posting.

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  2. Thanks Robin for commenting

    I believe the April meeting will be even stronger based on the level of interest shown from the press release and the CBC interview last week
    I'm hoping to get a copy of the audio clip to put on this site

    Regards
    Markus

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  3. Great to see such support for the Alliance. I'm currently studying for an MSc in environmental policy and it is these types of actions and partnerships that make me want to do what I do.
    I look forward to seeing how the April meeting goes.

    GreenKermit

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