February 9, 2021

Dam Curious: Fortis BC Talks Hydroelectric Influence on Kootenay Lake

Guests: James Baxter, Aquatics Biologist and Blair Weston, Community & Indigenous Relations Manager with Fortis BC

Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc

Keywords: Dams, Hydroelectric, FortisBC, Due Diligence, Fish, Salmon, Flooding, Lake, Reservoir, IJC Curve,  Water Levels, Columbia River Treaty, COFAC, Kokanee, Shore-spawning Kokanee, Fish Passage, Fish Migration, Indigenous Relations, Culture, Reconciliation, Funding, Safety 

Topics: Which dams Fortis manages in the region; How Kootenay Lake water levels are connected to the dams; Flood mitigation on Kootenay Lake; What the International Joint Commission is; Fortis' link to the Columbia River Treaty; What the  Columbia Rivers Operations Fisheries Advisory Committee is and what they do in the region; Work being done to manage for shore-spawning kokanee; Local discussions about fish passage and how Fortis fits into the discussion; How Fortis manages Indigenous relations while operating in culturally significant spaces; Fortis' Community Initiatives Funding Program; Safety around dams.

Music: "Clean Water and a Bag of Rice" by Jay Danley

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwldROMU6k8_yRScAD5uRtg/featured

Additional Resources: Grohman Narrows Channel Improvement Project

https://ijc.org/sites/default/files/IKLBC%202013%20Grohman%20Narrows%20Presentation_BCHydro_20130912_1.pdf 

file:///C:/Users/kayla/FOKLSS%20Dropbox/FOKLSS%20Team%20Folder/FOKLSS%20Program%20Manager/Resources_Research/Lakeshore%20research/Grohman_Narrows_Expansion/Grohman%20Narrows%20Update%2016122015.pdf 

 

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