Proposal to delay hydro dam expansion in Almonte passes first stage

There’s a little bit of hope for Almonte residents rallying to save their river.

Although it still needs to be approved by council, a motion delaying construction on a proposed power plant on the Mississippi River by up to one year, passed the first stage Tuesday night. Dozens of residents packed into the town hall to hear the decision.

A petition to stop the project now has more than 4,000 signatures.

A large group of protesters rolled a giant beach ball down the streets of the town, chanting "save our river" in an effort to kibosh the hydro dam expansion by Enerdu.

Since the power would likely be sold to the province, residents say it would be of no benefit to them. Instead, they believe it would ruin the charm of the town and the surrounding environment.

With Files from CTV News

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