SCCA News


The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has made $250,000 available to support public participation in the panel review of Bute Hydro Corporation’s project in the Homathko, Orford and Southgate watersheds at the head of Bute Inlet. An independent Funding Review Committee will consider applications and make recommendations for distribution of the funding. See their press release .

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Homathko RiverThe Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has announced that Plutonic’s Bute Inlet power project will be subject to a Full Panel Review (see press release).

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Photo: Head of Bute Inlet. Homathko River in the foreground with the Southgate in the midfield and the Orford drainage in the upper right background. Photo courtesy of Damien Gillis.

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The Sunshine Coast's water supply infrastructure is showing signs of distress; our water treatment plant is operating at full capacity year round, and water use conflicts are emerging during the low-flow times of the year. As well, our population is growing.

(The SCRD published a public notice asking residents to reduce their consumption following a new water use record on June 4, 2009.)

In 2007, the SCCA began to consider the potential of rain harvesting to alleviate demand during low flow periods in Chapman Creek. We received a grant from the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation to study rain harvesting feasibility in our community, and have published a Final Report with recommendations for regional government.

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Rain harvesting storage tanks on Hornby Island, January 2009. These tanks store 6,000 gallons of rain water harvested from a 1600 square foot roof. The system provides a home with water for all indoor and outdoor non-potable uses year round. King Anderson photo.


A major hydroelectric power project has been proposed for the Hamathko, Southgate and Orford rivers at the head of Bute Inlet in the northern and most remote area of the Sunshine Coast Forest District.  This project involves 17 “run-of-the-river” generating stations, about 100 bridges and hundreds of kilometers of roads and transmission lines, all within areas of spectacular fish, wildlife and scenic values. (read the proponent’s project description at the BC EAO Project Information Centre).

For more details go to the SCCA's Bute Inlet page .

Homathko River

Above: Head of Bute Inlet. Homathko River in the foreground with the Southgate in the midfield and the Orford drainage in the upper right background. Photo courtesy of Damien Gillis.