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Tyson Creek silt
Glacial-fluvial silt from Tyson Lake via the Tyson Creek independent power project has turned the Tzoonie River estuary and the head of the inlet turquoise green, Narrows Inlet, March 21, 2010.

Photo: Bob Price.

For more information read the SCCA's Tyson Sedimentation Event fact sheet.

The SCCA has submitted a new paper to the District of Sechelt on how to fix the District's community forest corporation. These six recommendations are mostly administrative in nature but go to the heart of what is needed.

Our paper summarizes recently released Freedom of Information request results and references the standards of the Community Charter and the Province's Guide to Municipal Corporations.

waterfallVancouver, December 17, 2009 — Several environmental organizations today released a blueprint for improving the planning and development of renewable electricity projects in British Columbia. The recommendations, authored by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Pembina Institute, Watershed Watch Salmon Society and West Coast Environmental Law, have been endorsed by 25 environmental organizations across the province.

British Columbians are deeply concerned about climate change, and while they support clean electricity to address climate change, many harbour concerns about how clean electricity is currently developed. Government energy and climate policies have stimulated a rapid increase in the rate of development of renewable electricity projects, but public support has not kept pace in many cases. Projects have frequently been opposed due to concerns about social, environmental and economic costs.

The blueprint released today, “Recommendations for Responsible Clean Electricity Development in British Columbia,” outlines how planning and development can proceed in a way that is more transparent, strategic and inclusive of and beneficial to all British Columbians — First Nations and the public alike — while limiting environmental impacts.

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tyson1Tyson Creek is a tributary of the Tzoonie River at the head of Narrows Inlet about 20 miles from Sechelt. Directors of the SCCA were invited by Renewable Resources Hydropower Company (RRH) to take a tour of their Tyson Creek lake storage/run-of-the-river project, which is now nearing completion. We were also invited to view the location of the RRH’s proposed project at Ramona Lake/Creek, which empties into Narrows inlet just west of the Tzoonie River estuary. SCCA Vice Chair Jason Herz viewed the site with company personnel on November 5, 2009.

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