Each year, Northeastern Governors the U.S. and Eastern Canadian premiers meet at their annual conference to cooperate on economic, social, and environmental issues.

NAMRA has made numerous requests for the environmental and human impacts of Canadian hydropower production to be discussed at the conference, and each year we have been ignored.

On September 21, 2020 NAMRA and the Sierra Club held a virtual press conference featuring hydro-impacted community members and allies sharing their experiences with the damage that megadams cause to ecosystems and communities. As these leaders met behind closed doors, they refused to hear from those truly impacted by the power they were negotiating to buy.

Open letter from NAMRA and the Sierra Club requesting a mandatory session on the human and ecological impacts of Canadian hydropower at the September 2020 conference.

Photo of NAMRA Alliance members at planned 2019 CONEG Conference

Environmental and social justice cannot be promoted while supporting the damming and diverting hundreds of miles of rivers in Canada for export to the Northeast. The destruction caused by the Canadian hydropower industry cannot be overstated. Megadams flood thousands of acres of carbon-sequestering boreal forests, cause massive amounts of erosion and threaten local Indigenous communities with cultural genocide.

There are additional sides to the story on large hydro that must be told and we think it is important for these leaders to learn by hearing directly from the people impacted by these projects.

Open letter to New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers on urgent need for a mandatory session on the human and ecological impacts of large hydropower dams at September 2019 Conference

In 2018, NAMRA co-hosted a Community Conversation on Canadian megadam imports in connection with the Stowe, Vermont CONEG protests. This Community Conversation exposed how importing hydroelectricity from Canada is not renewable or a solution to the climate crisis and is filled with environmental injustices.

Photo of NAMRA Alliance members at planned 2019 CONEG Conference
Photo of NAMRA Alliance members at planned 2019 CONEG Conference

Council of the Innu of Pessamit letter to Quebec Premier Francois Legault on hydropower.

Council of the Innu of Pessamit letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on hydropower.

Hydro-Impacted Communities’ Message to Conference of Northeast Governors & Eastern Canadian Premiers