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Water Levels So Low in Moira River No Electricity is Being Produced at the McLeod Dam

Moira River Upstream of McLeod Dam
Looking north on the Moira River upstream of the McLeod Dam

Quinte Conservation has stopped generating hydroelectric power at the McLeod Dam due to low flows in the Moira River. The McLeod Dam is located on the Moira River in Belleville beside Cannifton Road, just north of College Street. Quinte Conservation General Manager Terry Murphy says, “This is the first time in many years that we have not been able to generate power at the McLeod Dam. Flows in the Moira River are less than half of what we need to run one turbine in the power plant.”

Quinte Conservation is taking advantage of the low flows to do routine maintenance work at the dam. Murphy explains, “The public will notice that water levels are lower than normal upstream of the McLeod Dam. Water levels along the river are only affected between the McLeod Dam and the Laziers Dam, which is located about 0.8 km upstream. We will have staff at the site to rescue any stranded fish.”

The McLeod Dam was built in 1979 to protect the downtown area from ice related flooding by providing a storage area to safely collect ice during the spring thaw. It was upgraded in 2007 to produce hydroelectricity. The dam now contains two turbines that are used to generate green hydroelectricity. In prime conditions the project creates enough electricity to power approximately 400 homes in the area.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a healthy, sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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