First published February 23, 2011
Pictures From Tyson Creek, a tributary of the Tzoonie River at the head of Narrows Inlet about 20 miles from Sechelt. Learn more about this project at Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. Some of their concerns:
- IPP proponents are not obligated to respect Landscape Unit Plans, Old Growth Management Areas, Wildlife Habitat Areas, or other environmental features.
- The IPP approval process does not consider or limit the cumulative impact of numerous proposed or existing IPPs, neither does it consider the cumulative impacts of other resource uses (such as forestry) on the potentially affected watersheds.
- The Stl’ixwim project is large enough to qualify for a provincial environmental assessment. However, this process is scientifically superficial. For example; the proposed time frame for the assessment is eight months; not enough time to even establish or verify flow regimes for the 19 tributaries that will be diverted.
- The public’s most significant environmental asset in the Tzoonie watershed is the large (and potentially much larger) fish population. An 8-month impact assessment time frame is entirely insufficient to determine long term impacts to the fish populations. For example; how will all these dams, diversions, spoilage areas and transmission corridors affect water temperatures and nutrient cycles with in the Tzoonie’s ecosystems?