Proposed opening of dam spillway brings up bad memories for Kuujjuaq residents – CBC

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May 15, 2018

If the spillway is opened, the river will run around 15 per cent higher from mid-June to August

Hydro-Québec might be opening a dam spillway near Kuujjuaq, Que. in Nunavik this summer and it’s dredging up bad memories.

One of the last times the spillway opened — in 1984 — nearly 10,000 caribou died during their annual migration over the Caniapiscau River.

“We don’t want any caribou damaged again ever, but currently the migration pattern has shifted to the Hudson [Bay] side, so there’s not as much caribou as we used to have within our region,” said Kuujjuaq’s deputy mayor Sammy Koneak.

Hydro-Québec says a few years of high rains in the mid-1980s made flooding inevitable in the area and the controlled water release from the Caniapiscau reservoir actually helped contain the flooding, but residents of Kuujjuaq still have concerns.

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