Monday, August 26, 2013

PIQUE Magazine Piece on BC Run of River

Over the last decade, British Columbia has seen a virtual gold rush on Run of River hydropower. With BC's liberal goverment imposing industry friendly pricing and private power mandates for BC hydro the industry literally sprang up overnight with more than 700 proposals currently on the table. While the stated intentions of BC's push for run of river hydro (energy independence and reduced carbon emissions) are admirable, the rush for development on BCs rivers has many concerned over the potential impacts reduced instream flows, small diversion dams and artificial ramping flows may have on river ecosystems. In many instances what has been lacking in the discussions from both sides has been well reasoned debate, and fact driven decision making and Whistlers PIQUE magazine took a very comprehensive look at the issue recently. 

Check out the article here:

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