Craig Orr comments on new report on river diversion hydropower in Vancouver Sun article: Run-of-river industry lacks ‘environmental oversight’

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The Vancouver Sun article Run-of-river industry lacks ‘environmental oversight’ reports “A lack of independent review and analysis of B.C.’s private run-of-river power facilities represents a “serious deficiency in environmental oversight,” the Pacific Salmon Foundation said today while releasing a

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study into the industry’s impact on salmon and other fish. The results found major differences in levels of monitoring required at 44 run-of-river sites studied, with little or no monitoring during the industry’s early phase dating to 1993 or earlier and more sophisticated monitoring since 2006.”

The article continues, “Craig Orr of Watershed Watch Salmon Society sat on a public advisory committee for the study and said it is not possible to know the full impact of run-of-river projects without improved monitoring over the longer term. While giving CEBC credit for urging the study in the first place, he noted the study looked at salmonids only and did not address cumulative impacts, including on other wildlife such as bears and ungulates.”

The full report is available on the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s website: Independent Review: Potential Impacts of Run-of-River Power Hydroprojects on Salmonids

For additional information on impacts from river diversion hydro projects, see Watershed Watch’s report Tamed Rivers: A Guide to River Diversion Hydropower in British Columbia, as well as our River Diversion Hydro page.

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