Wherever water levels have been lifted from their former undeveloped elevation must be considered the full extent of the reservoir/s. This crucial detail is not set out in the ER; however, the full extent of the cascading facilities must be considered when detecting, measuring and reporting total GHG emissions (CH2, CH4 and N2O). This cascading system creates one very large artificial and ongoing multi-level series of reservoirs that are highly regulated through the WRWMP, and likely very high in GHG emissions.
Hydroelectric is not emission-free or clean. A Washington State University study on the effects of damming conducted in a central European impounded river revealed that the reservoir reaches are a major source of methane emissions and that areal emission rates far exceed previous estimates for temperate reservoirs or rivers. It showed that sediment accumulation correlates with methane production and subsequent ebullitive release rates. Results suggested that sedimentation-driven methane emissions from dammed river hot spot sites can potentially increase global freshwater emissions by up to 7%. Hydroelectric facilities need to acknowledge and account for the associated GHG emissions they produce.
 Maeck, A., DelSontro, T., McGinnis, D.F, Fischer, H., Flury, S., Schmidt, M., Fietzek, P. and Lorke, A., 2013. Sediment Trapping by Dams Creates Methane Emission Hot Spots, Environmental Science and Technology, 8130-8137, Online: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1021/es4003907
A presentation made by the Chair at ORA’s 16 October 2021 Annual General Meeting:
The Ontario Rivers Alliance filed a Freedom of Information Application with the IESO in February of 2016 to obtain the following list of terminated Feed-in-Tariff Contracts: Continue reading
MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 13 July 2016
10 Ontario Rivers Protected from 19 Hydroelectric Projects
SUDBURY: The Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) is celebrating a major victory in the protection of 10 Ontario rivers that have been under threat from 19 proposed hydroelectric projects. Actions taken by the ORA and its members have led to what was considered to be impossible – the termination of 19 Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Contracts.
In 2011, ORA came into being to address a rash of 87 proposed hydroelectric proposals initiated under the Green Energy Act. The offer of generous incentives to produce power during peak demand hours had proponents rushing to claim access to falls and rapids on rivers all across the province. The number of proposals to actually receive FIT Contracts was soon reduced to 41, and of those, Xeneca Power Development Inc. had secured 19 contracts for projects involving 23 Crown sites on 10 Ontario rivers. Continue reading
Project Name: Wanapitei Dam Repair
Project Location: Wanapitei Lake, Sudbury District
Contact: J.L. Richard Engineers
Rehabilitation of 98 meter of existing 221 meter long structure. New fish spawning habitat. New elevated access road. Completed. Presented at the Canadian Dam Association Conference.
Water Power Group is planning to develop a waterpower project at the Secord Rapids site, on the Wanapitei River, in the Sudbury District. This proposal has been awarded Site Release in is moving through the Environmental Assessment process. Installed Capacity is 750 kwh, but because of seasonal flows will generate approximately half that – 325 kwh and service approximately 325 homes.
For more information go here.
MNR Site: 2DB17
Location: Sudbury District
Status: EA Underway
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Aleta Karstad – 1 October finds me painting at the upstream rapids of Sturgeon Chute on the Wanapite River, 6.7 kilometres northwest of Hartley Bay. To get just the right angle on the rapids, screened by flaming leaves of an overhanging Red Maple, I’m standing on a narrow grassy ledge, the small of my back leaning against a cold wall of smooth granite, with the feet of my easel only a few centimetres from the edge. About two metres below, courses the fast deep water…. To read Aleta’s notes and purchase her paintings, click here to visit Aleta’s website.
For more information on Sturgeon Chute – click here.
RR 2, Site 10, Comp 4
Alban, Ontario P0M 1A0
February 5, 2013
Honourable Michael Gravelle
Minister of Natural Resources
Suite 6630, 6th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
Fax to: 416 325-5316
Dear Minister Gravelle:
Re: Black Sturgeon River Dam decommissioning
I have recently read Technical Report No. 06-03 produced for the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit – Lake Superior. This is a very thorough report that states that the collapse of the Black Bay walleye fishery coincides with the dam construction1. It states that many costly mitigation attempts were made to improve the fishery in the area, with little or no improvement.
The final recommendation of this report is to remove the dam.
I find it interesting that the major concerns were regarding the collapse of the commercial fishery and the loss of the recreational fishery. The report claims that if the dam was removed “Black Bay walleye population that is sufficiently recovered to permit recreational angling on Black Bay would be worth several hundred thousand dollars per year to open-water anglers from Thunder Bay alone.”2 To me, this means that the main concern of the Ministry of Natural Resources is all about profits!
I struggle to understand this. Continue reading
Excerpt from letter – French River Delta Association to Ontario Power Authority:
We are writing to ask that you terminate Xeneca Power Development Inc. (“Xeneca”)’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) contract for the proposed Allen & Struthers hydro electric generating project (the “Proposed Project”). In our view, you have the power to do so, and should do so because:
1. The Proposed Project will not provide the promised amount of power;
2. The Proposed Project would cause significant harm to the natural environment and a provincial park;
3. Xeneca is in violation of the terms of its FIT contract, including multiple failures to obtain necessary permits on time;
4. Xeneca is not likely to obtain the necessary permits, given:
a. the staunch opposition of the local community, the municipality, and the First Nations;
b. its failure to consult the key local Band;
c. the presence of an aboriginal burial ground; and
d. the impact on endangered species; and
5. Xeneca may be using improperly obtained funding for the project.