BC Hydro awards monitoring contracts for 50-MW Whatshan

BC Hydro awarded contracts totaling more than C$150,000 (US$135,000) for monitoring of the 50-MW Whatshan project in British Columbia.

The utility announced Sept. 7 it awarded contracts for monitoring of:
o Fish habitat in the Lower Whatshan River to Naito Environmental of Vernon, B.C., about C$90,000 (US$81,000);
o Reservoir vegetation to AIM Ecological Consultants Ltd., Port Moody, B.C., C$47,000 (US$42,300); and
o Reservoir wildlife to Kingbird, Revelstoke, B.C., C$14,000 (US$12,600).

Monitoring ordered by the utility, under a water use plan for the project, is expected to help implement recommended operational changes and will provide baseline information for future operating decisions.

A Whatshan Water Use Plan Consultative Committee reached an agreement on the monitoring program in 2003. The monitoring work will generate data for informal and formal reviews of the water use plan, in five and ten years, Senior Environmental Coordinator Al Laidlaw said.

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