Getting it straight on Grohman

We will be undertaking studies and assessments to understand the effects of the project on the environment, including fish and their habitat

Re:“Dredging Grohman a bad idea,” Letters, March 22

BC Hydro is currently investigating potential improvements at Grohman Narrows in response to feedback received from local government and the community following last year’s high water conditions.

If the project is viable, these improvements would provide increased flood protection for communities in the region, improve the operating flexibility for the Kootenay Lake system and provide power benefits for downstream generating stations.

We will be undertaking studies and assessments to understand the effects of the project on the environment, including fish and their habitat. All environmental considerations will be carefully managed throughout the project.

In regards to downstream water flows and continued access for the residents of Glade, it is too early to determine if improvements to Grohman Narrows will significantly affect downstream peak flows.

BC Hydro will be evaluating a number of factors, including peak levels and flows in the Kootenay/Columbia system as well as potential operating restrictions, to better understand how this project will affect the system as a whole.

BC Hydro will keep the public informed throughout the initial investigation of Grohman Narrows, and will share the results and next steps when they are available. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to request more information about this project, please contact me directly at 250-365-4565 or by email at maryanne.coules@bchydro.com.

Mary Anne Coules

BC Hydro Community Relations

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