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The Problem with Hydropower – Damnation Trailer

Ontario has hundreds, if not thousands of dams that are unsafe and no longer serving any useful purpose.  These dams are blocking fish passage, degrading water quality, fragmenting habitat, threatening species at risk and sensitive cold water species.   ORA is working to take them out.  Check out this excellent overview of the problems with hydropower:

This film explores the evolution of our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers. Produced by Matt Stoecker & Travis Rummel Directed by Ben Knight & Travis Rummel.

Congratulations to Aleta Karstad and Dr. Frederick Schueler – Recipients of the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

Painting by Aleta Karstad The Chute, Ivanhoe River

The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is pleased to report that the WWF-Canada and CPAWS have awarded the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize to Dr. Frederick Schueler and Aleta Karstad for their outstanding conservation efforts and accomplishments!!  They truly are very deserving of this incredible Prize!!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO Fred and Aleta!!!

We at ORA were eager to nominate Fred and Aleta for this important recognition of the significant sacrifice and contribution they have both made to science, conservation and the protection of freshwater ecosystems and land all across Canada.  They have also been long-time partners and contributors of the ORA.

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Mattagami River – Little Long Dam Safety Project

The effects of dams and hydroelectric facilities on fish populations and fisheries have been well documented over the past century and include the loss or serious decline of many iconic fish species, which are resources of importance to Ontario’s economy, biodiversity, and natural and cultural heritage.

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Fright & Flight Zone, by Laurent Robichaud

Since 1963 the Little Long Generating Complex on the Lower Mattagami River in Northern Ontario has been the source of an environmental crisis of immeasurable proportions. Thousands of Lake Sturgeon have been entrained through spillway gates and left stranded waiting to be captured and relocated back to their adopted man-made habitat, leaving waters not fit for survival. Adam Creek Spillway is well known province-wide as a thorn in hydro electric energy and should not be defined or qualified as GREEN energy.

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Media Release: Putting the ‘Blue’ Back in the ‘Green’ City

GUELPH –On September 10th, with the sounds of a jackhammer hammering in the background, the Hanlon Creek monitoring weir was removed within Preservation Park in the City of Guelph. The motivation behind the removal of the weir was multi-purpose. The project objectives were to remove the weir to improve the ability of fish to migrate upstream, while simultaneously lowering the upstream water level, which will narrow the channel and result in cooler stream temperatures.

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Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project – Complete

It’s done – the barrier to fish passage has been removed.

I’m happy to report that the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project was completed today!!  The middle portion of the weir has been removed and the stream bed rehabilitated.  Brook Trout are now able to access an additional 3.6 km of coldwater habitat and the stream has been made more resilient to a warming climate.

Warm thanks to all our volunteers and supporters for your generosity and caring!

A great article in the 8 September 2019 edition of the Guelph Today:
Community fills 3-tonnes of sandbags to kick start the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal project

 


Calabogie Generating Station Redevelopment – Madawaska River

Peaking operations, with the variable flow discharge and ramping patterns, the rate and frequency of water level changes, and the amount of time the station is at its maximum discharge level, can all have a significant impact on the degree of channel and bank erosion.

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Only 1 week left in the Hanlon Creek Crowd Funding Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 24 July 2019 

Only 1 week left in the Hanlon Creek Crowd Funding Campaign

GUELPH – We need your help to raise enough dollars to move forward on the Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project.  So far, we have raised $2,725 but we must reach our goal of $10,000 by the 31stof July to schedule decommissioning for September of this year.

We have two incredible perks to be offered at the close of the Campaign when a 1st and 2ndplace winner will be drawn.  For every $25 donated a ballot will be entered into the draw in the donor’s name.  For more details or to donate check out our campaign page here: https://chuffed.org/project/hanlon-creek-weir-project-phase-ii Continue reading


Hanlon Creek Weir Removal Project – Phase II, Guelph – crowd funding campaign

GUELPH – The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA), Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC), Canadian Wildlife Federation, and four other partners are announcing Phase II of the Hanlon Creek Crowd Funding Campaign.  We are looking to raise $10,000 by the 31stof July. The funds are required to pay for the weir modification and river rehabilitation work, scheduled to take place in September of this year.  “We have a very short time-line and need your help to reach our fundraising goal”, said Alex Meeker, Ontario Provincial Biologist with TUC.

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