Dam Curious: Fortis BC Talks Hydroelectric Influence on Kootenay Lake
Guests: James Baxter, Aquatics Biologist and Blair Weston, Community & Indigenous Relations Manager with Fortis BC
Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc
Keywords: Dams, Hydroelectric, FortisBC, Due Diligence, Fish, Salmon, Flooding, Lake, Reservoir, IJC Curve, Water Levels, Columbia River Treaty, COFAC, Kokanee, Shore-spawning Kokanee, Fish Passage, Fish Migration, Indigenous Relations, Culture, Reconciliation, Funding, Safety
Topics: Which dams Fortis manages in the region; How Kootenay Lake water levels are connected to the dams; Flood mitigation on Kootenay Lake; What the International Joint Commission is; Fortis' link to the Columbia River Treaty; What the Columbia Rivers Operations Fisheries Advisory Committee is and what they do in the region; Work being done to manage for shore-spawning kokanee; Local discussions about fish passage and how Fortis fits into the discussion; How Fortis manages Indigenous relations while operating in culturally significant spaces; Fortis' Community Initiatives Funding Program; Safety around dams.
Music: "Clean Water and a Bag of Rice" by Jay Danley
Additional Resources: Grohman Narrows Channel Improvement Project
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