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Impact of B.C. river power projects on fish unclear

IPP study inconclusive, but Pacific Salmon Foundation confident environmental risks are low

Courtesy of J. Armstrong/University of Washington
By Sean Kolenko Business in Vancouver February 4, 2014
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A groundbreaking scientific report Clean Energy BC considers critical to the credibility of the independent power industry is complete and the results are – inconclusive.

Potential Impacts on Run-of-River Power Hydroprojects on Salmonids was commissioned by Clean Energy BC and administered by the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) to investigate the effects of 44 run-of-river power projects on native salmonids such as coho, steelhead, pink and chum.

According to the report, run-of-river power facilities expose salmonids to potential health risks but the extent of those risks “is not yet fully understood.”

Read the full article here.

This study was undertaken to inform solutions-focused discussions between B.C. wild salmon advocates, climate-focused environmental NGOs and small-hydro producers.