The Province: Kokish River concerns downplayed

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The Province article Kokish River concerns downplayed reports, “Federal scientists struggled to protect fish in the Kokish River from potential adverse effects of a hydroelectric project, but concerns of on-the-ground staff were watered down by the time a final memo reached the desk of the fisheries minister, documents obtained by environmental group Wilderness Committee show.”

Wilderness Committee policy director, Gwen Barlee, states, “We have a river with incredible fish values, and the memo shows the people with boots on the ground didn’t want it to go ahead. Then politics took over, and it was given the green light. That memo gets kicked upstairs and it is massaged and changed …. This is what happens when

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you have politics getting in the way of science.”

For more information on river diversion hydro issues, see Watershed Watch’s River Diversion/Run-of-River page as well as our report Tamed Rivers: A Guide to River Diversion Hydropower in British Columbia.

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