Watershed Watch feels better planning and analysis is needed after environmental approval of Kokish hydro project
Watershed Watch Ecologist, Aaron Hill, states “Watershed Watch believes the Kokish River hydro project is the wrong hydro project for Vancouver Island. BC’s wild salmon and steelhead are too important to sacrifice for intermittent low-quality electricity. Global climate change is an urgent problem, and there is no doubt that renewable energy development is part of the solution. But careful planning and analysis are required to ensure that only the best projects are constructed, otherwise we’ll end up destroying the very ecosystem values that we are seeking to protect from the impacts of climate change. The BC government has failed to deliver any form of comprehensive planning that would ensure that we are developing projects that provide the largest amount of high-quality electricity for the least amount of environmental damage. This Kokish River hydro project does not fit that bill.”
For more information on this issue, see HydroWatchBC posting Kokish River Hydroelectric Project receives an Environmental Assessment Certificate and the Vancouver Sun article Contentious project given environmental approval.