Water Use Planning
British Columbia’s water resource is one of our most precious and important assets. From a crucial supply of drinking water to energy to recreation to irrigation, B.C. water meets many needs for many people.
In recent years declining fish stocks have emerged as a pressing issue along with concern about aquatic habitat and consequently water management. The relationship between fish, flood protection, recreation, other water uses and power generation at hydroelectric facilities has received considerable attention. Environmental and other interests groups called for greater protection of fish resources. Consequently the province began developing Water Use Plans for water control structures.
Operations at BC Hydro hydroelectric facilities were reviewed by consultative committee which involved licensees, government agencies, first nations, key stakeholders, and the general public. The Water Use Plans resulting from this consultative process describe a set of operating rules for each facility that address the interests at stake while respecting legislative and other boundaries.
Twenty-three of BC Hydro’s facilities went through the water use planning process. These are listed below with the actual Water Use Plan implementation dates.
|Bridge Seton||March 2011|
|Campbell River||November 2012|
|Clayton Falls||December 2004|
|Falls River||March 2006|
|Jordan River||July 2004|
|Peace River||August 2007|
|Seven Mile||December 2006|
|Walter Hardman||March 2006|
Metro Vancouver has developed a joint water use plan addressing its existing facilities and proposed new generating stations at Cleveland and Seymour dams. The implementation date is to be determined.