Appleton Wetland at tipping point – MVFN releases a joint scientific report with the MRW
After thriving for thousands of years, the Appleton Wetland is now endangered due to man-made effects of summer flooding caused by manipulation of water levels for hydro power generation.
The Appleton Wetland is under immediate threat says a detailed scientific report published by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists. The report states that excessive water levels resulting from Enerdu Power Systems Inc.’s current hydro operations are drowning towering silver maple trees upstream, and that the proposed Enerdu expansion in Almonte’s heritage district will kill the very species that anchors a wetland older than the Great Pyramids or Stonehenge.
The 76-page report (plus 254 pages of appendices!) calls for an immediate amendment to the Mississippi River Water Management Plan (MRWMP) overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources that will allow for a “valid operational summer water level” and allow the silver maples to survive, and that “approval of the current upgrade plan for Enerdu must be delayed until the recommended amendment has been resolved.”
The full report is available in three rather large files for download:
- 2011-08-11_Appleton Wetland_Main (9 MB)
- 2011-08-11_Appleton Wetland_Appendix_A-G (12 MB)
- 2011-08-11_Appleton Wetland_Appendix_H-Q (17 MB)
For those that want one large (48 MB!) file to search through, here it is: