We lived through these protests in Bala. The whole thing has started up in Almonte. They already have a working hydro dam. This is another, as the water is strong, powerful, and should be harnessed. We are running out of non-renewable resources. The Bala signage turned off tourists and potential summer residents. Here we are, all over again.
I've noticed a couple of proposed developments around here. The latest in the S.E. Ontario region, are those who protest the Enerdu Power Plant at the Old Flour Mill Site in Almonte.
|"Save" the Bala falls.|
The protests and signage
has scared tourists
There is a romantic image of many towns, whereby they must stay the same, eschewing change, while still demanding hydro, the right to pollute land, sea and air, yet something has to give.
We have exploited the land for far too long, using it for money-making ventures. I think it high time we use this river to harness the power that will make energy sustainable for our grandchildren.
"Hundreds united their voices in Almonte Saturday on behalf of a voiceless part of their community. The river at the heart of the town is up for grabs by Cavanagh Construction Ltd."
|They close the streets|
for many of these festivals.
The highlights of Almonte are its festivals and fairs
- Puppets Up! in Almonte - a grand success
- HerbFest in Almonte 2012
- Almonte Celtic Festival 2011
- Bike races
|The Mississippi Riverwatchers|
|The Mississippi Riverwatchers|
We were just in Newfoundland and Labrador and they are building a new hydro power plant near Goose Bay, transmission lines over land, under the Strait of Belle Isle, across Newfoundland and underwater to Nova Scotia. It seems like a massive project that will also include a fiber optic link to improve voice and data services to Labrador. I know that lots of the smaller towns will appreciate both the power and telecommunications improvements. Our cell phone was almost useless except in the larger communities. - Margy
Wow ! What a gorgeous place and amazing photos !
Have a nice Sunday :)
It is a peculiar fact, is it not, that folks want all the convenience of modern services yet protest building of the infrastructure which will aid it. Water power is one of the preferable methods of power production - as is wind and there is a similar battle going on right here in Dunoon about proposed wind farm.
Lovely shots of that raging torrent! YAM xx
I agree with Yam. Hydroelectric power is far less damaging to the environment than oil, gas, or the once-ubiquitous coal. I do understand the people in the area being upset, but I spent most of my life in BC where there are many rivers, and hydroelectric power is a clean alternative.
Hope all is well with both of you, Jenn.
What a lovely town! Your pictures really show the river well and its strength.
Here, the wind farms have had huge opposition, noise, health, blot on the landscape, but they are so far away from residential areas, unless you are up so close, and the noise is a "whoosh" rather than like a chopper thump, and when the blades turn, like ballerina arms on the horizon. Let the hydro project go ahead, safe, renewable, and probably in the long run, cost efficient. Lovely water photos Jennifer. Hugs,Jean
Locations have to be chosen carefully of course with this. Almonte is a beautiful town. I haven't been over there in awhile.
It's time that we work to live rather than work to make money or steal from mother earth.
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