Vanderhoof council in a new format. All elected officials are divided by a sneeze guard. No other information is available about the specifics about the renovation at council chambers. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Council discuss high levels of water at the Nechako reservoir

During the July 13 regular public meeting of council, Rio Tinto did not show up for a scheduled audio presentation. Mayor and council said they were concerned about the high levels of water in the Nechako Reservoir.

Andrew Czornohalan, operations director for Rio Tinto, did not present to council during a pre-scheduled meeting as there was a “scheduling conflict”, said Simon Letendre, Rio Tinto’s director of media relations for Canada & US.

Meanwhile, in response to questions Coun. Kevin Moutray sent an email statement to the Express on July 17 stating that the concern with the reservoir being full isn’t a concern for the next couple of months.

“But that they (Rio Tinto) don’t have a lot of options either in the Fall, if there is a significant rain event like 2017 or have a high snow pack and full reservoir come Spring 2021.”

In 2017, Rio Tinto opened up their spillway to 300 cubic metres on October 27, Moutray said.

As of July 16, the reservoir is at 2,799.72 feet and is designed to operate at a level of 2,800 feet, as confirmed by Letendre. He said water is not expected to reach 2,800 feet this year.

“The water level in the reservoir is currently higher than the long term average, but within the historical operating range. The reservoir level is expected to start decreasing in the next few days.”

Discharge from the reservoir increases as usual on July 11 in preparation for the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP) which is operated to protect sockeye salmon migrating through the Nechako River, he said.

STMP will be in place until August 20 and during that time the discharge in the Nechako River at Cheslatta Falls will fluctuate between 170 and 283 cubic metres in response to spillway discharge, Letendre said.


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

“Let’s break the silence because we can”

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s awareness walk held Saturday in Fort St. James

New community library aims to foster positive community feelings

Vanderhoof resident has set up a little library in front of her property at the end of Lebler Road.

Vanderhoof politician running for president of UBCM

Brian Frenkel, municipal councillor, was the first Vice-President for the Union of BC Municipalities in 2019.

“Nature defines my art”: Bethany Giesbrecht, painter

This story is part of a weekly series showcasing artists in the region

Vanderhoofian nominated for the Premier’s Awards

Phil Turgeon has been nominated by the Ministry of Children and Family Development under the Leadership category.

B.C. records new COVID-19 death, 85 more cases; Horgan calls on celebrity help

This brings the total number of active confirmed cases to 531 across the province

Wedding party bear sprayed at Okanagan campsite irks locals

Latest criminal activity at the Meadows leaves locals frustrated

Paramedics fired for allowing patient to crawl for treatment on Downtown Eastside: court documents

The man spent three days in intensive care and three months recovering in hospital from sepsis

Feds seeking private consultant to design firearm buyback program

The ban covers some 1,500 models and variants of what the government considers assault-style weapons

Face masks for teachers can impact learning on young children, experts say

Face coverings, mandatory in most indoor public places across the province, can help limit the spread of COVID-19

Horvat scores 2 as Vancouver Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in NHL playoff opener

Game 2 in best-of-seven series goes Friday night

Funding to support early reclamation work at acid leaking B.C. mine

B.C. Government committing up to $1.575 million for Tulsequah Chief Mine site

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

Most Read