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“Green” hydro power: understanding impacts, approvals, and sustainability of run-of river independent power projects in British Columbia

Summary Since 2002, the provincial government has required that new sources of electricity come from the private sector. The most popular type of power project now being developed is “run-of-river” hydropower. Large numbers of these projects are now being built and planned, province-wide. The rush for run-of-river power has prompted numerous questions–from anglers, kayakers, hunters, […]


Pipelines and Salmon in Northern British Columbia

Description In Northern B.C., the Upper Fraser, Skeena and Kitimat provide some of Canada’s best salmon habitat. There are currently four proposed pipeline projects that would traverse these watersheds and potentially threaten the salmon they are home to. Of these four proposals, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project has generated the most interest and concern for […]


Workshop on the Cumulative Impacts on Salmon – February 17, 2012

Workshop Purpose The purpose of the work planning session is to provide strategic direction to the Bulkley Valley Research Centre’s “An integrated assessment of the cumulative impacts of climate change and industrial development on salmon in Western British Columbia” project. Based on the strategic direction a work plan will be drafted to direct the project’s […]


Coalbed Methane and Salmon: Assessing the Risks

Executive Summary GW Solutions Inc. (GW Solutions) was commissioned by the Pembina Institute to prepare a preliminary assessment of potential impacts on salmon and salmon habitat of coalbed methane (CBM) development. The focus was specifically on a tenure held by Shell Canada Limited (Shell) in the Klappan region of northwest British Columbia (the Shell Tenure). […]