News

Compensation program gets new look in Kootenays

Spawning salmon at Kokanee Creek. - Bob Hall photo
Spawning salmon at Kokanee Creek.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

BC Hydro has unveiled the new model for its Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, which takes a more independent and regional approach.

When the cuts to the program were announced last fall, its future seemed uncertain. But the formation of a regionally focused board offers a look into the new model.

Public member for the board representing the West Kootenay, Rick Morley, said the main difference is having the program manager answer to the board instead of BC Hydro.

“Really the focus of our deliberations since they began last spring, was to set up a model that represented the region more clearly,” said Morley. “What we’ve done is change it so the program manager who is in charge of making the whole program work on a daily basis, reports directly to the board rather than to BC Hydro.”

The new 10-person board, in addition to Morley, has two other public members representing the East Kootenay and the northern regions. There are also three positions allocated for the aboriginal communities, two for BC Hydro and two for the provincial government.

According to a press release from BC Hydro, the new model aims to strengthen the program’s regional independence and decision-making, while retaining strong links with the program partners.

BC Hydro invests about $4.5 million into the Columbia region each year.

“BC Hydro is the one who holds the water license for various dams in our region,” said Morley. “As part of that water license they are required to pay for fish and wildlife compensation.”

In an attempt to ensure a wide range of conservation and enhancement programs are delivered to the region, the program plans to use a mix of short and long term-term contracts and contribution agreements.

“For smooth continuity of the program, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program plans to enter into a long term agreement with the Province of BC, to use a variety of resources, including contractors and staff, to deliver core… projects,” read the press release.

 

Morley said the board hopes to implement the new model in April 2013.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Participation by women down in West Kootenay/Boundary elections
 
Nelson Polar Bear Swim splashes down
 
Red Bull readies for return to Nelson area
Biomass identified as best option for Nelson energy system
 
Nelson hires new fire chief
 
Security stepped up in B.C. after attacks in Ottawa
Lindley accepts Queens Jubilee medal
 
Japanese Consul General pays a visit to Sparwood
 
Diana Scott running for city council

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.