The origins of the Fondation Rivières
In 2001, the Quebec government announced that 36 sites on 24 rivers in Quebec would be transferred to private companies. The objective: to build small hydroelectric plants, that is to say with a production of less than 50 megawatts (MW).
A vast citizen movement is being organized to recognize that the falls and rapids constitute a unique collective heritage on a global scale, and that small power plants cause significant damage to the environment in return for negligible energy gains. These demands are found in the Plea for free rivers.
The Fondation Rivières, together with partner organizations, is therefore launching the awareness operation Adoptez une rivière. Several artists offer their support by symbolically agreeing to sponsor a threatened river. Among them, the actor Roy Dupuis adopts the Gatineau River.
At the initiative of Roy Dupuis, Michel Gauthier andAlain Saladzius, the Fondation Rivières is officially born in the fall of 2022 as a non-profit organization involved in saving rivers.