Enerdu protesters gather in river this evening

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Several dozen local residents waded into the Mississippi River beside the Old Town Hall to voice their objections to the planned Enerdu hydroelectric project in the heart of Almonte.

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As reported earlier in the Millstone, Enerdu plans to hoe-ram or blast out a portion of the riverbed in the heart of town in order to divert river water to a 5,000 square foot powerhouse it intends to build alongside the Maple Leaf Flour Mill.

A reporter from the the CBC was covering the event, and local resident Linda Manzer was interviewed live by CBC radio as the protest began.

A ‘Happy Hour’ gathering in the river is planned for tomorrow evening in the same location. People are encouraged to bring chairs and beverages, organizers say.

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