Site of the 4th in a series of hydroelectric dams proposed for the Vermilion River. The powerhouse would be located only meters away from a public beach at Centennial Park.
The proposed dam is a “modified run of river” which entails rapid and extreme changes in water flow velocity and levels several times daily under some flow conditions, and holding water back in head ponds for several hours, and sometimes days in order to release during peak demand hours to generate power.
This type of operating strategy can make ice conditions unstable and unsafe during winter months, and make swimming, fishing, boating or in-water recreation extremely dangerous. Vermilion River Stewardship is opposed to this type of hydroelectric dam.