Big Hydro: Changes To Cree Culture

For centuries, the native Cree people of northern Quebec subsisted largely on hunting, fishing and trapping. But the coming of huge hydroelectric projects in James Bay 40 years ago changed that way of life.

Big Hydro: Environmental Impacts

Large hydroelectric dams are seen as one of the most environmentally friendly energy sources, but damming rivers and redirecting their flow isn’t benign. Fish habitat is harmed. Mercury is released into the environment. And the projects themselves can even release greenhouse gases.