“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
All areas that remain as yet untouched and undamaged by modern technology should, in my estimation, be cherished and protected. The serious detrimental impact of the Beaver River Hydroelectric Project is non-essential and needs to be averted. The following is a letter I sent through the Wildsight website expressing my opposition to the Beaver River Hydroelectric Project:
Dear decision makers,
I’m writing to express my sincere opposition to the Beaver River Hydroelectric Project that is being brought forward by Selkirk Power.
I fully oppose this project and here’s why:
• Adding roads, power lines, human activity and three substantial creek diversions will compromise existing wilderness refuge areas.
• A major effect of run-of-river is the detrimental reduction in flow that results in a loss of habitat for aquatic organisms, including endangered bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout.
• There are (at least) five known at-risk species living in these drainages that will be impacted: wolverine, grizzly, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, olive-sided fly-catcher.
• Early winter old-growth habitat for mountain caribou will also be impacted.
• Downstream water quality will be negatively impacted and waste rock created during development could lead to acid rock drainage that is toxic to all aquatic life.
• Wild watersheds that are ecologically intact deserve to be protected from run-of-river developments. You cannot mitigate or compensate enough to replicate an ecologically-intact watershed such as Ventego.
• Local decision-making authority has been removed because of Bill 30. I want this bill revoked before any run-of-river projects move forward.
• The Columbia Valley Transmission Line will bring reliable energy to the Town of Golden for at least the next 30 years.
• The Beaver River project is therefore not justifiable due to energy supply issues.
• The potential for socio-economic or environmental benefits coming from these projects does not outweigh the very real, negative impacts they would have.
I sincerely hope the Beaver River Hydroelectric Project does not go forward.
I support a comprehensive and truly green alternative energy strategy for the province of B.C., which is something we do not have in the Clean Energy Act.
I support the implementation of a comprehensive energy conservation program for our province.
Thank you for your consideration.
By adding my voice to this process of opposition, as many others have done and will continue to do, I sincerely hope that the government officials will reassess any previously held ideas on approving the project.
Today’s “stone” is Day 73 more is not necessarily better, less is more