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I would like to know if this tunnel has anything to do with the lower water levels this fall...Oct/12.

Submitted by Lindy on Thursday, October 18, 2012

In response to Bev Lepard's comment, I am doing a book-length study on the history of water manipulation and environmental impact at Niagara Falls and environs in the 20th century. I'm currently at Carleton University in Ottawa, and would love to hear from Bev and others who have similar stories.

Submitted by Daniel Macfarlane on Saturday, September 8, 2012

As a member for over 20 years, a former employee of the old Ontario Hydro and a resident of the Niagara area, I found that this was an excellent article about a huge and complex project. I would like to suggest a subject for another related story.

The International Niagara Control Structure in the Niagara River directs water away from the natural flow over the falls for power production and will eventually help to direct water into the new tunnel. This action causes the water level in the Grass Island Pool upstream to fluctuate approximately one meter daily. The historic, natural outlet for the Welland River is just upstream from the control structure and this level fluctuation causes diverted water from the Niagara River to flow into the very flat Welland River and continue upstream, backwards, for as much as 60 km. This unnatural flow pattern over several decades has contributed to severe environmental damage of the Welland River. There is so much sediment in the Welland River that we have a local expression " Too thick to drink, too thin to plow".

It is great that Ontario Power Generation is able to claim that Niagara power is clean power but there is an environmental price to pay for any type of power production. OPG are not willing to address the negative impact on the Welland River and the thousands of residents and property owners who live along it. If OPG has $ 1.6 Billon and counting to spend on the tunnel, they should be able to do something to clean up the mess they have caused on the Welland River.

Submitted by Bev Lepard on Monday, April 23, 2012

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