Site C Dam
Y2Y is working with partner organizations to stop the $8.75-billion Site C dam on British Columbia’s Peace River.
The British Columbia (B.C.) government has approved construction of a third dam, Site C, on the province’s scenic Peace River. Construction of the $8.75-billion dam and reservoir is expected to begin in 2015 and they will be operational in 2024. Site C will flood more than 62 miles (100 km) of wildlife-rich valley bottoms, including some of B.C.’s best farmland, and it will force families from their homes, and farmers and ranchers from their land.
Approval of the dam was made despite the conclusions of the Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel, which examined Site C’s environmental impacts. It stated that the effects of Site C will be so significant that only an “unambiguous” need for power can justify the dam’s construction. It also said that BC Hydro had not fully demonstrated the need for more electricity.
The review panel noted that Site C will destroy wetlands that support migratory bird flocks and will have “significant adverse effects” on fish and fish habitat. Specifically, they said the dam threatens the survival of three distinct groups of mountain whitefish, bull trout and Arctic grayling.
(Click to watch video and learn about the need to stop the Site C Dam)
Impact to the Yellowstone to Yukon VisionSite C and its massive reservoir is situated in Y2Y’s Peace River Break (PRB) priority area and located at the narrowest point in the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region. From Y2Y’s perspective, the project jeopardizes key wildlife populations and threatens our vision.
Site C will form yet another barrier to wildlife movement in a region where industrial development is expanding so rapidly that it exceeds the pace of development in Alberta’s oil sands. And according to a Y2Y-commissioned expert report by biologist Dr. Clayton Apps, construction of Site C will threaten the future survival of several wildlife populations in the region. Read the full report.
Several court cases were launched against federal and provincial governments to try to stop Site C. If the cases are successful the dam will not proceed.
- Two Treaty 8 First Nations (Prophet River, West Moberly bands) launched a Federal case and one against BC Hydro.
- Alberta’s Mikisew Cree First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation filed two lawsuits in Federal Court regarding Site C impacts on downstream ecosystems.
- Landowners in the Peace River region launched challenges in both B.C.’s Supreme Court and federal court.
WHAT Y2Y IS DOINGY2Y is the leading voice for raising awareness for the impacts of the dam on the region and wildlife.
Among other initiatives we have:
- Commissioned a report and presented to the Joint Review Panel a scientific assessment of the impacts of Site C on wildlife habitat and movement;
- Successfully nominated the Peace River to be declared B.C.'s Most Endangered river by the B.C. Outdoor Recreation Council;
- Funded and supported our partners, who are also raising awareness to stop the dam.
We continue to collaborate with First Nations, environmental groups, outfitters, farmers, researchers, Peace Valley landowners and other concerned individuals to challenge construction of the Site C Dam. Currently we are actively supporting many of the legal cases challenging the dam.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Take Action: Sign the petition to stop the Site C dam
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Peace Valley Residents and Land Owners
GET THE LATEST: Site C News
An alliance of First Nations members and local landowners camp out to protect B.C.’s Peace River from destructive land clearing for the Site C dam.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and David Suzuki call for an immediate stop to BC Hydro’s Site C construction work while court cases remain undecided.
Sarah Cox describes the the unreported impacts of the Site C dam on Peace Valley farmland.
Photographer Garth Lenz shows how the Peace River is already being altered, and could be even more, through a series of before-and-after photos.
This article makes it clear how activities in the Y2Y region affect (and are affected by) connected landscapes over vast scales.