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October 3, 2016 - Quinte Conservation Doing Work in Moira River

McLeod Dam

Quinte Conservation is taking advantage of low water levels to do some work in the Moira River starting on October 3, 2016 just below the McLeod Dam in Belleville. General Manager Terry Murphy says, “People will notice some heavy equipment in the bed of the Moira River next week. We have received all the necessary permits for the work which will improve water flow for the hydro dam and also improve fish habitat.”

Quinte Conservation expects the work to take one week to finish. It will involve the removal of rock from the river bed.

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

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