Welcome!

News Feed Item

Peace Dominates BC's 2014 Most Endangered Rivers List While the Fraser Near Chilliwack, Similkameen, Pennask and Callaghan Creek Added

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/14 -- Five waterways have been placed on the 2014 endangered rivers list. The Peace River near Fort St. John, threatened by a third major dam that would flood more than 80 km of the last largely natural stretch of this waterway, is BC's most endangered river. The proposed dam, known as Site C, could receive final approval later this year.

The dam would have numerous environmental impacts. Key wintering wildlife habitat would be eliminated, several fish species would be severely impacted, recreational values diminished, many sacred cultural sites would be lost and the only class 1 agricultural land north of Quesnel would be flooded. "These impacts would be negative, far ranging and irreversible," said Mark Angelo, Rivers Chair for the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC) of British Columbia. "The impact on local First Nations is a particular concern to many in the region; an issue highlighted in the recent Joint Review Panel report," he added.

Local opposition to the dam is widespread and passionate amongst both aboriginal and non aboriginal groups. There is also concern about cumulative impacts, given that there are already two other large dams on the Peace. Site C would carry an 8 billion dollar price tag for a crown corporation that already has a huge debt that's close to being unmanageable. "The fact that the Peace was nominated by such a massive number during the endangered rivers process highlights what a major and divisive issue Site C is in that part of the province," said Angelo.

Another key point is that BC currently has a surplus of power for domestic use and the Joint Review Panel confirmed that BC Hydro has not yet proven the need for this project in the timetable set forth. Given the dam's adverse impacts, extensive local opposition, and the current electricity surplus, the case for the dam is uncertain at best in the view of the ORC. The Council also believes that the focus on Site C for so many years has prevented the investigation of potentially viable energy alternatives, such as geothermal; another point confirmed by the Joint Review Panel report.

Also listed as endangered this year is the lower Fraser River, with a special emphasis on the stretch near Chilliwack. This part of the river is within what's known as "the Heart of the Fraser," one of the most productive stretches of river on Earth and a part of the river already under pressure from urbanization, industrial development and agricultural expansion. A major new threat is a proposed hazardous waste treatment plant slated for a riverside location that has already been rezoned for such activity by the local government of Chilliwack. However, local opposition to the city's plans is escalating rapidly and a legal challenge to the rezoning process that was used is now underway. While ORC clearly supports the importance of treating toxic wastes, such facilities must be located on more appropriate sites away from rivers.

"The proposed location for this facility, which would be built by Aevitas and handle such dangerous materials as PCB's and mercury, is in the midst of the most productive and sensitive part of the Fraser. If there was to be a spill, a leaching issue, or a major event such as a fire or flood, the river would be inescapably impacted, as would downstream communities," said Mark Angelo, an Order of BC and Order of Canada recipient." The ORC is advocating the need for a more precautionary approach, along with a sound management plan for the lower Fraser.

The Similkameen River is also on the list and is endangered due to a proposal by Fortis to build the Canyon Dam located fifteen kilometers south of Princeton. The size of the Canyon Dam would be significant with a reservoir up to 35 kilometers long. Its construction is estimated to destroy the canyon's ecosystem which has significant wildlife values while also supporting various fish species including rainbow trout, whitefish and dolly varden. The dam would inundate about 800 hectares.

From a recreational perspective, this part of the Similkameen is nationally renowned as a paddling destination and is a striking and very beautiful part of river," Angelo said. "Clearly, the dam would have significant adverse impacts from an environmental and recreational perspective"

Pennask Creek, between Merritt and Peachland, also makes the list. This creek, which is among the world's richest and most productive trout streams, is the cornerstone of BC's lake stocking program. "This creek is threatened by acid run-off stemming from pyrite-bearing waste rock that was exposed during construction of the Okanagan highway connector," said Angelo. "While the province, to its credit, has spent significant funds trying to remedy the impacts, there remains a need for a more permanent, long term solution and plan," he added.

Callaghan Creek near Whistler, rounds out the list. This is a world class kayaking river that is threatened by a proposed independent power project. "This creek is perhaps the most paddled class 4-5 creek anywhere in BC and, in light of its immense recreational values, it should be protected," said Angelo.

As one scans the rivers that are profiled this year, it's important to note that this year's list is not meant to be all-inclusive and there are clearly other rivers that ORC will continue to follow. But this year's list focuses on those issues deemed most imminent at this point in time.

"The annual endangered rivers release, now in its 22nd year, helps to create a greater awareness of the many threats that confront our waterways," said Angelo. "And while we should be strengthening mechanisms to protect rivers, the ORC is dismayed by the weakening of habitat provisions in federal river-related legislation, such as the Federal Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Protection Act".

Each year, the ORC solicits and reviews nominations for BC's Most Endangered Rivers from its member groups representing close to 100,000 members across BC.

Media only: backgrounder with complete details on each river at www.orcbc.ca/

Contacts:
Jeremy McCall
Exec. Dir
ORC
604-873-5546

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive ov...
Sanjeev Sharma Joins June 5-7, 2018 @DevOpsSummit at @Cloud Expo New York Faculty. Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally known DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO, Technical Sales leader, and Cloud Architect leader. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Sanjeev is recognized at the highest levels of IBM's core of technical leaders.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
"I focus on what we are calling CAST Highlight, which is our SaaS application portfolio analysis tool. It is an extremely lightweight tool that can integrate with pretty much any build process right now," explained Andrew Siegmund, Application Migration Specialist for CAST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that's no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, explored how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He expla...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
DevOps promotes continuous improvement through a culture of collaboration. But in real terms, how do you: Integrate activities across diverse teams and services? Make objective decisions with system-wide visibility? Use feedback loops to enable learning and improvement? With technology insights and real-world examples, in his general session at @DevOpsSummit, at 21st Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, explored how leading organizations use data-driven DevOps to close th...