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“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


Site C Dam

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

(Click to watch video and learn about the need to stop the Site C Dam)


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.

Site C Hot ProjectEnvironmental 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.

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.


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.


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.


Take Action: Sign the petition to stop the Site C dam

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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


Site C Project Still Faces Major Obstacles After B.C. Approval

— Posted on Dec 17, 2014 11:30 AM in: General News
Site C Project Still Faces Major Obstacles After B.C. Approval

The project may have cleared a major hurdle, but imminent court cases and cost hikes make Site C dam far from certain.

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Y2Y Reacts to B.C. Government’s Announcement on Site C Dam

— Posted on Dec 16, 2014 08:30 PM in: Media Releases
Y2Y Reacts to B.C. Government’s Announcement on Site C Dam

Although there is still time to stop Site C from being built, the B.C. Government’s decision to approve the project flies in the face of opposition throughout the province.

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New Decision on Site C

— Posted on Oct 17, 2014 02:00 PM in: Updates from the Field
New Decision on Site C

Last week, on October 14th, the controversial Site C dam on B.C.'s Peace River received environmental assessment approval from both the federal and B.C. governments.

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Industry Group Urges BC to Invest in Clean Energy Instead of Site C

— Posted on Oct 16, 2014 08:30 AM in: General News
Industry Group Urges BC to Invest in Clean Energy Instead of Site C

With the clock ticking on a government decision on Site C, an industry group has released a study that claims the province could save up to $1-billion by investing in multiple, small “clean energy” facilities instead of one, massive dam.

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B.C. Cabinet to Weigh Future of Site C Dam

— Posted on Oct 15, 2014 01:30 PM in: General News
B.C. Cabinet to Weigh Future of Site C Dam

British Columbia’s growing economy will need plenty of power for both business and population growth, but provincial Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the Site C dam on the Peace River still is not a certainty.

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