FOI documents reveal run-of-river power projects kill fish

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The Vancouver Sun article Run-of-river power projects kill fish provides details on incidents of fish strandings that have occurred downstream from run-of-river hydro operations due to fluctuating water levels.  Information obtained through a freedom of information request “detail repeated short-term fluctuations in water flows, resulting in the stranding and killing of juvenile fish downstream of two plants, Capital Power on the lower Mamquam and Innergex on Ashlu Creek, another tributary of the Squamish.”  The article goes on to describe numerous environmental threats posed by run-of-river hydro operations.

This issue is also covered by the Global BC story Run-of-river projects are killing fish, according to FOI documents.

For more information see the full articles above, Watershed Watch’s Hydopower page and the Hydro Watch BC website.

Also see the related story of more than 50 groups banding together in a call to Keep the Kokish River Wild to protect this river from a planned river diversion hydro project.



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