Conversion to non-carbon energy puts Canadian rivers at risk
According to a report by World Wildlife Fund Canada, increasing demands on fresh water are putting Canadian rivers at risk.
World Wildlife Fund Canada attributes this to the generation of more food, electricity and expanding cities and industries.
The report states that the biggest threats to fresh water supply are climate change, growing water demands and the pursuit of low-carbon energy.
The flow patterns in both the St. Lawence and South Saskatchewan Rivers have placed ecosystems at risk.
Other rivers at risk, according to the report, are:
- Fraser River
- Nipigon River
- Grand River
- St. Lawrence River
- St. John River
- Ottawa River
"As temperatures rise, and industrial water withdrawals and interest in hydropower increase, we must start planning now to protect river flows to ensure water security for the communities and economies that depend on them," said Tony Maas, director of fresh water with WWF-Canada.
According to the report, the biggest threats to the flow of Canada's rivers are climate change, growing water demands and the pursuit of low-carbon energy, which is driving the construction of new hydropower projects.
The three factors are causing changes in water patterns, affecting water levels and altering the flow of rivers, the report says.
The report urges the Federal Government to take up a more active role in water management.
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