Hydro Impacts: Erosion

Are you aware of the environmental impacts of hydroelectric power? Hydroelectric power is often considered a clean and renewable source of energy, but it also has some negative consequences for the ecosystems, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions. In this video, we will explore how hydroelectric development can cause shoreline erosion and deadheads, and what can be done to prevent or mitigate these problems. Shoreline erosion is the process of wearing away the land by water and wind. It can affect the stability, biodiversity, and aesthetics of the shoreline. Hydroelectric development can accelerate shoreline erosion by raising water levels, submerging beaches, and restarting the creation of a beach further inland. Shoreline erosion can destroy vegetation, habitats, and migration paths for wildlife, as well as cause property loss and damage for humans. These environmental impacts have disproportionately affected Indigenous Peoples who live in the territory of Manitoba. Hydroelectric development has disrupted their traditional way of life, culture, and rights. It has caused the collapse of their fisheries and economy, the loss of their reservation land, the dissolution of their islands that leave dangerous rocks just under the surface of the water, and the violation of their treaties and agreements. Indigenous People have been pushing for justice and compensation from Manitoba Hydro, a crown corporation that has inflicted these harms on them without their consent or consultation. In this video, you will hear from some of the Elders and land users who have witnessed the effects of shoreline erosion and deadheads on their land, water, and livelihood. They will share their stories, concerns, and hopes for the future of their territory. You will also learn about some of the possible solutions to reduce the impacts of hydroelectric development on the environment and the Indigenous people.

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