As a result of a process initiated by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources, there has been a proposal to build a hydro-electric generating station at the north Bala falls.
While we all agree that water power is an excellent source of energy for generating electricity, the proposal would:
- Make hundreds of feet of the only public shoreline in the area too dangerous for existing recreational activities, this would be a terrible loss to locals and visitors.
- Locate the power station’s 50′-deep, 40′-wide water intake just downstream from the town docks, this would create a huge danger to all users of the town docks, as well as the recreational activities upstream.
- Reduce the falls to a trickle year-round, which would destroy what makes Bala unique.
- Require a 33′-wide, 128′-long poured-concrete building which would rise 20′ above the Moon River, and this would be right at the falls, directly in the line of sight from where most people view the falls. And the proponent refuses to provide a rendering of the structure showing the required components such as the facility’s entrance door or exhaust fan openings.
- Negatively affect tourism and therefore the local economy, yet the proponent has not seriously investigated this.