"International Day of Action for Rivers – 14 March 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!"