Thursday, January 30, 2014
Looks at 44 Run-of-River Sites
CEBC to review
Pacific Salmon Fdn report on Hydro projects
Released by CEBC
Energy BC (CEBC) today welcomed the release of an independent review by the
Pacific Salmon Foundation, which looked at the impact of run-of-the river
hydro project on salmon.
"We take the work of Pacific Salmon Foundation and this report seriously,"
said Paul Kariya, Executive Director of CEBC. "We will be reviewing the
findings and recommendations in more detail over the coming weeks and
reaching out to our members to see what progress has been made with a view
to determining areas where there may be need for further research,
information, or monitoring."
In the summer of 2012, CEBC led the commissioning of the independent review
by Pacific Salmon Foundation. Funding was provided by industry, private and
public sector funders. It looked at 44 run-of-river facilities in British
Columbia; data collection and field work occurred during the spring and
summer of 2013.
"The review determined there was no conclusive evidence that run-of-river
facilities have a significant impact on the abundance of salmonids. Further,
the report has confirmed that our industry is on the right path," added
Kariya. "This industry is committed to operating to the highest standards
He noted the information in the report will serve as another important step
to help ensure that run-of-the river hydro facilities are built in the most
sustainable manner possible.
"This review is only the beginning. CEBC is going to continue to work with
the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the provincial and federal governments and
other partners to see how this work can take place moving forward," said
CEBC members provide British Columbians with clean energy and sustainable
economic opportunities, especially with First Nations partners, in local
communities across the province.
The full report is available at:
The mandate of CEBC is to develop a viable clean power industry in British
Columbia that serves the public interest by providing cost-effective
electricity through the efficient and environmentally responsible
development of BC's energy resources.
Copyright (c) 2014 The Valley Voice