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Arlene Boon. Image: Sarah Cox
“B.C. Hydro’s plan is to flood our farm and destroy it. My grandpa chased the BC Hydro people away when they asked him to sell the farm decades ago to make way for Site C. I look out every day and see the same view that my grandpa saw when he was here. That sort of thing is priceless.”
Arlene Boon, third generation Peace Valley farmer

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Site C Dam

Site C Dam
Photo: Larry Peterson
Y2Y is working with partner organizations to stop the $8.75-billion Site C dam on British Columbia’s Peace River.

Y2Y is working with partner organizations to stop the $8.75-billion Site C dam on British Columbia’s Peace River. 

THREAT

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.

Environmental Impact

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 Vision

Moose. Image Paul Horsley
The Site C Dam will significantly add to the industrial development that is already reducing wildlife mobility in the Peace River region. Image Paul Horsely
Site 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.

OPPORTUNITY

Six court cases have been launched against federal and provincial governments to try to stop Site C. If the cases are successful the dam will not proceed.

  • Four Treaty 8 First Nations (Doig River, Prophet River, West Moberly and McLeod Lake 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 DOING

Stop Site C. Image: Sarah Cox
Image: Sarah Cox
Y2Y 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

Donate: Make a donation to help support our work to stop construction of the Site C Dam. See how we use your donation dollars.

Add Your Voice: Sign up to receive our Action Alerts and add your voice to important conservation causes.

WE ARE WORKING WITH

Peace Valley Environment Association

Sierra Club BC

Treaty 8 Tribal Association

West Moberly First Nations

Wilderness Committee

David Suzuki Foundation

Peace Valley Residents and Land Owners

Related Information:

Healing the Break

Peace River Break

Appropriate Development

GET THE LATEST: Site C News

Bioblitz Underway in Peace River Valley

— Posted on Jun 22, 2015 01:48 PM in: Y2Y in the News
Bioblitz Underway in Peace River Valley

Thirty scientists gather in the Peace River Valley to conduct a "bioblitz" in the area, an effort coordinated by Y2Y, the Royal BC Museum and the Biological Survey of Canada.

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Deconstructing DamNation

— Posted on Jun 03, 2015 08:33 AM in: Updates from the Field
Deconstructing DamNation

Before building the Site C Dam on B.C.’s Peace River, we need to take a long, hard look at how these mega-projects affect the landscape.

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First Nations Bring Mercury-Contaminated Fish to BC Legislature to Protest Site C Dam

— Posted on May 11, 2015 04:11 PM in: Updates from the Field
First Nations Bring Mercury-Contaminated Fish to BC Legislature to Protest Site C Dam

Chiefs from two First Nations visit the B.C. legislature to protest the controversial $9 billion Site C dam.

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Site C Fight Goes On

— Posted on Mar 18, 2015 12:23 PM in: Updates from the Field
Site C Fight Goes On

After being approved by the provincial government in late 2014, the Site C dam is far from a certain bet due to cost hikes and ongoing court cases.

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B.C. Government Should Have Deferred Site C Dam Decision

— Posted on Mar 10, 2015 12:42 PM in: General News
B.C. Government Should Have Deferred Site C Dam Decision

The Chair of the federal-provincial panel appointed to review the ‎Site‬ C dam says that BC was unwise to green-light the project at this time, and should have at least delayed the decision.

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