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Dear Defenders of the Peace River Valley,

Last Thursday was World Wetlands Day and ironically, BC Hydro planned to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland – Watson’s Slough.

Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to consider delaying since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.

Can you please endorse their request to help defend this precious wetland by sending a letter to your MLA, BC Hydro and your government representatives?

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

  • It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
  • Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
  • e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
  • The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
  • The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
  • Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
  • Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

  • Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
  • Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
  • The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

 

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

  • The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

 

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

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True Cost of Site C

mountingcosts_1Site C is going to cost you money – a lot of money.

BC Hydro currently estimates that Site C Dam will cost $8.8 billion and “projects losing $800 million in the first 4 years of operation.” (Report of the Joint Review Panel, Site C Clean Energy Project, BC Hydro, May 1, 2014)

BC Hydro has already confirmed rate increases between 2014-2018 of 28%. It is anticipated that cumulatively, rate increases over the next 10 years will be about 45% without Site C. If Site C is approved, BC Hydro intends to increase rates even further to recover the costs of Site C.

Site C: BC’s next White Elephant? The energy from Site C is not needed.

After 28 days of hearings and review of 28,000 pages of documentation, the Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro has failed to prove that we need Site C. Further, they emphasized that because there are significant adverse effects, justification for the project must rest on an unambiguous need for the power.

BC Municipal Associations request a thorough, independent review of Site C

In September 2015, the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) passed two resolutions; the first calling for the province to rescind the Order in Council that excluded Site C dam reservoir lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve; and, second, to have the project thoroughly reviewed by the BC Utilities Commission.

Both resolutions were put forward in reaction to the BC Liberal government’s decision to bypass these independent provincial agencies, whose purpose is to ensure that actions such as these are undertaken in the best interests of British Columbians.

More on the UBCM resolutions here.

altenergy_1Alternative sources of power would be more cost effective.

Energy economist Dr. Marvin Shaffer conducted significant research on the viability of Site C and has concluded that there are far less expensive alternatives to Site C.

“BC Hydro is inducing new mining and oil and gas load with the offer of low cost power that it does not have; giving rise to more load growth than what would be economically efficient.”
– Dr. Marvin Shaffer, Economist

Site C is more than three times as costly as the least expensive option,” states expert energy economist Robert McCullough.  McCullough was hired by the Peace Valley Landowner Association to prepare a report on a comparison of alternatives to Site C in March 2015.  Read his report here.

The Joint Review Panel also urged BC Hydro to consider using the tremendous geothermal potential in BC as an alternative to Site C. BC Hydro has confirmed that over 700Mw of geothermal power exists in the province, about two-thirds of the 1,100Mw capacity of Site C.

BC businesses are very concerned about how Site C will affect their bottom line.

The Association of Major Power Customers of BC has stated that Site C is not the right project now; citing additional concerns regarding recent rate increases and the accuracy of BC Hydro’s energy forecasts.

“The huge cost [of Site C] will rob the province of valuable resources that could be used to deliver other needed government services as well as burden the BC economy with debt and high electric power rates that will sap our competitiveness.”
– Dan Potts, former executive director of the Association of Major Power customers of BC

The BC Chamber of Commerce states that with regard to Site C, “… the payoff for the province and its taxpaying citizens won’t justify the huge investment required.” (Business Vancouver, editorial, June 3-9, 2014)

In December, 2014, after the BC government announced that they intend to proceed with Site C, Business Vancouver published an editorial citing their concern that the provincial government has left a multi-billion dollar white elephant under the tree for British Columbians.

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A Waste of Farmland

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Site C dam would result in the largest withdrawal from the agricultural land reserve in BC’s history.

Site C would flood 83km of the Peace River, widening it by up to 3 times, as well as 10km of the Moberly and 14km of the Halfway Rivers.

Over 57,000 acres of agricultural and forested land would be impacted by Site C, including 31,528 acres of Class 1-7 agricultural land and over 17,000 acres of forested land.

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Wildlife impacts in northeastern BC are already significant; building Site C will make it even worse.

The northeastern corner of BC is already ravaged by oil, gas and forestry development: maintaining intact wildlife corridors, spread across large expanses of land, is essential to maintaining the health of many ecosystems and wildlife that depend on them.

“In the near future, the Peace region landscape is likely to be reduced to about one-half of its potential to support certain wide-ranging species… Site C will exacerbate this loss and will further erode our ability to conserve and recover some species.”
– Dr. Clayton Apps, wildlife biologist

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Site C would cause significant and irreparable harm to fish and migratory bird species.

Site C would result in the loss of fish in two major tributaries to the Peace River: the migratory Arctic grayling in the Moberly River and the migratory bull trout in the Halfway River. Mountain Whitefish in the Peace River would also disappear.

The destruction of habitat for several migratory bird species, including those classified as ‘at risk’, would also result from Site C. Species impacted include Canada Cap May and Bay-breasted Warblers, Yellow Rail and Nelson’s Sparrow.

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Where is BC going to source fruits and vegetables as traditional food producing lands are being depleted by the effects of global warming?

Droughts in the US are seriously impacting the production of traditional food producing lands, food that British Columbians depend on.

“As world prices for food escalate in response to inevitable pressure, the land in the Peace River Valley is our food security Plan B…. The land to be flooded by Site C is capable of providing a sustainably produced supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to over a million people!”
– Wendy Holm, professional agrologist with over 40 years’ experience in agricultural economics and public policy in Canada and BC

The Peace River Valley provides a unique microclimate where crops one wouldn’t expect to grow this far north actually thrive, including corn, field tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon.

“The Peace River Valley has extraordinarily high value for agriculture and it’s my opinion that the public interest is better served by allowing it to continue to sustain citizens through agricultural production rather than destroying it for power production.”
– Eveline Wolterson, soil scientist and physical chemist with 40 years’ experience researching and consulting on agriculture

BC Hydro states that Site C will have a 100-year life; the agricultural land in the Peace River Valley will support life in perpetuity.

There are many energy alternatives, but there are no alternatives to food producing land.

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First Nations are finding their ability to carry out traditional practises are already seriously eroded in their homeland.

The Treaty 8 First Nations Treaty states that they would be able to carry out their treaty rights “… for as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow and the grass grows.”

Site C would significantly impact First Nations’ ability to carry out their cultural practices and rights. Construction of the dam could impact up to 337 archaeological sites, including ancestral gravesites.


The financial costs of the significant biodiversity losses are completely ignored by BC Hydro.

“… Biological diversity is a global asset of great value to present and future generations and vital to humanity’s economic and social development…. The Panel’s assessment indicates a change in biodiversity… that significant effects would occur in the long-term… [and have] an effect on the sustainability of these resources… that the loss of biodiversity… also has a financial cost.”
– Report of the Joint Review Panel, Site C Clean Energy Project, BC Hydro, May 1, 2014

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Protect Our Future

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What kind of a future would we be leaving our children?

Why would we allow our governments to proceed with Site C? Northeastern BC is already ravaged by industrial development; we cannot allow this precious, relatively untouched jewel – the Peace River Valley – to be destroyed as well.

It takes up to 600 years to produce 2cm depth of soil: this critical food producing land in the unique Peace River Valley cannot be replaced! Destruction of habitat for fish, wildlife and birds cannot continue! The ability of First Nations to continue their cultural practises cannot continue to be eroded.

Site C would cause the loss of habitat for several fish species including migratory Arctic Grayling in the Moberly River, migratory bull trout in the Halfway River, and mountain whitefish in the Peace River. Habitat for several migratory birds would also be destroyed by Site C, including Canada, Cape May and Bay-breasted Warbler; Yellow Rail; and Nelson’s Sparrow.

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Please protect our children’s future. Protect BC.

The Joint Review Panel has made it clear: we don’t need Site C. They have acknowledged that there are many significant, unmitigable and irreparable impacts that will occur if Site C proceeds. Additionally, they have stated that alternatives such as geothermal should be seriously considered.

You can be the change we all want to see. Sign our petition to tell the federal and provincial decision-makers on this project that Site C is NOT in the best interests of British Columbians!

You can also support the work of the PVEA by donating, ordering a print of “Peace River” by Cindy Vincent, or contacting us about volunteer opportunities

Site C would cause significant impacts to the City of Fort St. John and surrounding areas.

At the hearings on Site C, the City of Fort St. John and directors of rural areas expressed significant concerns regarding the impacts of the project on the social fabric and infrastructure in the local area.

“If BC plans to continue to be a powerhouse for economic development, we cannot have projects built on the shoulders of communities…. The city remains concerned that the location, magnitude, and duration of construction of the proposed Site C project threatens to impact the quality of life that the community of Fort St. John has worked so hard to create…. These issues range from direct costs to the city during Site C construction, water supply, and traffic, to health care, policing, security, education, social services, and many others.”
– City of Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, to the Joint Review Panel, Jan 18, 2014

public-comments

Public Comments Asking BC Hydro and government representatives to save Watson Slough

First NameLast NameMy concerns about Site C damCityProvince / StateEntry Date
MaitreyiSalmon

The services provided by wetlands are irreplaceable and should not be treated in this way. There is no reason why this land needs to be logged now when the reservoir won't be filled for at least 7 years.

Not to mention when the government sobers up and finally cancels this enormous giveaway to its cronies.

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 18:06:08
SeanMoriarty

I am very concerned with this project and want to protect the Watson slough.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:18:15
EoghanMoriarty

There is no need to log Watson's Slough, except to try and get the project beyond the point of no return. What's the rush?

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:28:28
AndreaMorison

Site C dam is being pushed through with no regard to the need for the project, less expensive alternatives that could be developed on an as-needed basis or for the loss of significant farmland and First Nations grave sites and cultural sites.

Presently, BC Hydro has plans to clear a significant wetland, Watson's Slough. This is an extremely important and biodiverse area that supports numerous migratory birds, ducks and plant species. Many of the plants and animals that rely on the existence of the Slough are even threatened or at risk.

The purpose of logging the slough is to prepare for the eventual filling of the reservoir which won't happen for at least 7 years.

Local biologists state that there would be significant benefits to many species if this wetland was left intact for as long as possible before clearing.

I am asking you to please do what you can to ensure that BC Hydro holds off on logging this important wetland at this time. It's one of the few things that the company could do to show that it really does mean to carry out this project in a way that minimizes impacts and respects at least some environmental values.

Thank you for your consideration.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:35:28
EmmaBanks

Please save this sacred area. Stop the Site C dam.

Saint HyacintheQuebec2017-02-05 21:43:27
CraigMurray

Watson' Slough is one of the few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Please protect this unique area from commercial interests.

WindsorOntario2017-02-05 21:44:54
markgillono

"The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future - deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease." -- The World Watch Institute

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auroraIllinois2017-02-05 21:46:03
DavidWaterhouse

Site C Dam is all about Christy Clark's legacy...which precludes any interest by her for First Nation's Rights, Mother Nature's Rights, and long term food growth for a growing population.

An aside? Dams are yesterdays technology.
An aside? We don't need the hydro now and when we do current technologies provide hydro power with a far smaller footprint, ready in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost of a dam.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:48:53
Dianavan Eyk

Please do what you can to prevent BC Hydro from logging Watson's Slough as requested by the Peace River Regional District and the Peace Valley Landowner Association.

It is a rare wetland and an important habitat for birds.

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:49:26
ericnylen

Watson’s Slough is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

silver springMaryland2017-02-05 21:49:26
SarahSimonet

This is some of the most prime agricultural land in BC. This project should have NEVER been granted approval. It is unnecessary and complete waste of precious resources, taxpayer's money and time and energy Just say NO BC Hydro and government!!!!

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:50:05
PeterCox

Dear Sir,

I'd like to add my voice in opposition to the continued destruction of the Peace River Valley for the purposes of building the Site C damn. The Site C damn is not required, is far too expensive (in light of the ever-declining costs of new renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar), is destroying a wide swath of valuable farm land/sensitive wetlands, and most importantly, involves disputed First Nations territory.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Peter

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:50:22
JamesCooke

Please save Watson's Slough from BC Hydro Site C Dam logging to much later in the project since flooding of the reservoir is some 7 years away.

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:50:25
BrianMcKinlay

Site C violates the most basic of human rights. It is a crime against nature and our children. All those complicit in it's construction are criminals and the lowest of the low. Your absense from the human race is requested.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:52:25
WendyProthero

I have written before about my dismay at the Site C development. As a retired farmer I just can't believe that my government is planning to flood acres of class one soil. Now here you are about to clear Watsons Slough. Hard to believe. Please revisit this decision! Thank you. Yours truly, Wendy

ComoxBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:52:48
SallyGilbert

Loss of wildlife habitat
Loss of prime agricultural land
Expropriation of land from farmers and families
Disrespect of First Nations

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:52:50
CarolineBeam

Having conducted extensive research over a number of years from a multitude of sources, I have come to the conclusion that Site C is not worth the cost, both direct and indirect, to the people of this province. It must be stopped at once, before further irreversible damage is done. Please do not leave a legacy of destruction and poor choices for our children to contend with.

Hudson's HopeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:52:58
AnnieBooth

This is an unnecessary construction, with little benefit other to industries hoping to exploit resources in the northwest of the province. There is NO economic or long term social benefit and BC Hydro has other problems it needs to address. Further, it threatens some of the best farmland north of Hope, BC, which is unconscionable. Last, it fails utterly to uphold the obligations of the Crown to those Aboriginal signatories to Treaty 8, as by no means shall they be able to continue their way of life, a clear violation of a treaty signed by Canada.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:53:31
SandraHarris

Delay logging of this important area as it is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least seven years away! STOP the carnage NOW!

GibsonsBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:53:31
ElkeVogelpohl

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The bottom line is that for as long the issues with Site C dam is not resolved nobody should start destroying the landscape. There must be better places to build a dam or other sources of renewable clean energy that does not destroy the lifes of people. Flooding is always a serious bad thing for every animal in the area and I find that not acceptable either.

ValemountBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:53:48
ElisabethChisholm

Site C benefits no-one in BC, and is a risk to the environment, and vulnerable wildlife and wetlands in BC's north.
The Peace River Valley is home to much of our wildlife and a significant food source to birds, water-life, and indigenous peoples. The future for our grandchildren looks bleak indeed should this project proceed.
It is NOT our economy that comes before our environment. All the money in the world won't replace these important areas of British Columbia.

ChilliwackBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:54:04
IreneWright

I am deeply concerned about the need to defend Watson's Slough from the efforts of BC Hyro. It has importance for me because:
°it's home to rare bird species and is therefore important to birders
*flooding this area will be disastrous for the above reason, but also for many others (not needed and harmful to agricultural needs, First Nations interests, and unjustifiable costs to nature as well as taxpayers.
Please do what you can.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:56:09
Dorothy Yada

Dear Sir or Madam,

I wish to express my opposition to the construction of the Site C dam and in particular to the destruction of Watson's Slough, an unusual wetland, which is home to several rare bird species.

I believe the clearing of this area can at least be postponed for several years until it is absolutely necessary for the completion of the project. This would allow the birds to increase their population before their habitat is lost.

I trust you will consider this request and decide favourably.

Yours sincerely,

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:56:48
SallySoanes

This is truely a waste of tax payers money. Who do you work for??
Stop this needless destruction please!!
Wetlands are vital for our water and wildlife. All you do is destroy everything.
Why not do something right for a change. And what a change that would be.

Time to listen to the people who pay you for a change
With great disgust
Sally Soanes

ParksvilleBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:59:00
M CatherineMcLaughlin

Let's conserve energy instead of building site C. In short, it would destroy this amazing Watson Slough wetland area - and the valuable Peace agricultural region. There is way too much industrialization of northern BC as it is. Could we look at co-generation of energy for the province instead?

VernonBritish Columbia2017-02-05 21:59:48
EllenRainwalker

This dam is not even necessary, and it will destroy some of the best farmland in BC,as well as sites of great importance to First Nations and valuable wetlands such as Watson's Slough.

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

CumberlandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:01:05
WilliamShore

I am unhappy with the current plans to cut down trees in the Watson Slough as a preparation for flooding this area for the dam. At the very least, this should not happen now -or ever -because of the importance of the many bird visits. The electricity is not needed in BC. Go solar and wind .Please respect the Native communities in the area.

SuttonOntario2017-02-05 22:01:30
ReneLow

Unnecessary

SookeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:02:04
LathamHunter

As a Canadian citizen, I'm dismayed by the current threat posed to Watson's Slough. I am urging government representatives to protect Watson's Slough, since it is a rare and necessary habitat to so many bird species:

-- Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
-- Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
- - The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Please defend Watson's Slough so that it is protected and preserved entirely. Once these increasingly rare habitats are lost, they are lost forever.

Dr. Latham Hunter

FreeltonOntario2017-02-05 22:02:26
NachikoYokota

I am against the whole Site C dam project by BC Hydro and the Liberal Government that approved it.
My understanding is, first of all, that the electricity expected to create by the dam for future generations is not necessary as new, more
environmentally friendly, technology will have been developed by 2025. Secondly, instead of electricity, what we need, and wish to
leave behind as a legacy to our grandchildren, is unpolluted farm
land that still exists in the Peace River Valley.
There now seems to be a request by BC Hydro to clear a rare and
significant wetland, Watson's Slough. The Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District is asking BC Hydro to consider delaying this plan.
What is the hurry? Please give these concerned group of people
and the general public time to settle these issues before you start
your unwelcome actions.
Yours truly

North VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:02:52
Maureen Wetsch

What can I really say? These wilderness places are precious beyond any dollar value. Now is the time more than ever to work together to protect these areas in their wildest form. Aren't we logging/daming/developing enough landscapes? Please consider an alternative - at the very least, for the sake of our future genartions.

Crawford BayBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:03:15
CarlaStein

Site C is a antiquated solution to the production of energy. The costs involved will cause hardships to the environment, destroy needed productive farmlands, harm sensitive species, and cause ratepayers to carry an unnecessary burden of rising Hydro rates for years to come. Far better reliable and less expensive means to produce power are readily available.
This project also continues to disrespect and trample on the rights of First Nations.
It is time to start thinking about long term sustainable employment strategies, not mega projects that create huge profit for construction companies while only providing short term promises of jobs.

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:03:25
WendyWickland

Our family has grave concerns about the need for the power from the Site C dam and the destruction of irreplaceable havitat in a unique area. That being said, could you please delay clearing the rare wetland called Watson's Slough. It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website. e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
Not only will this habitat be lost for these birds, but so will the tourists who come to see them.
This clearing does not have to happen yet.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:03:31
SusanPaynter

We do no need the power, the indigenous people have NOT really been consulted. It is a huge waste of precious farmland and it is extremely costly to build. As for this wet land, if BChydro doesn't need it for 7 years, what exactly is the rush, that's a no brainer! This sloe project is an abomination it is Christy Clark's way to get power to frack for the LNG dream, not going to happen! Do I need more? Susan Paynter s

Salt Spring islandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:03:31
EdieCartwright

Why is this dam being built? There's something not quite right about it.

Why is the Liberal government putting so much debt on the backs of British Columbians for something that is not needed, necessary and that will NOT show a profit (maybe) until 70 years from now? Whereby, Premier Christy Clark is not only crippling ourselves with insurmountable debt but our children and grand-children as well.
There is something not quite right about it.

It's also criminal how BC Hydro is plundering the landscape to prepare for a non-essential dam. Destroying all the habitat of animals and birds to build something that is not needed is ludicrous. Why? - that is the question we need to air out. Is it to prove a point? Is it to enrich someone's wallet? Or what? What is it? Something not quite right.

Count on me to help in whatever way I can.

Sincerely,

Edie Cartwright

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:04:09
joyawney

Please acknowledge my concern about saving Watson's Slough in its pristine state. We should be focusing on alternate engergies such as wind and solar power which do not disturb the natural environment.
Thank you,
Jo Yawney

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:04:23
JuneSykes

There is no need for this dam. Protect Watson Sloug from danger. Stop the distruction jof the Peace Valley

Hudson's HooeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:04:37
monicanelson

I am so shocked and disheartened to hear that BC Hydro plans to start clearing the Watson's Slough, long before it is necessary for the dam reservoir.

If the court cases are lost and Site C is built, this area will sadly be destroyed but as things are still in the courts and even if the project wins, to start destroying this area already is truly shameful and a downright nasty political act.

As a well known educational, birding and wetland area, much more information can be gathered from this site and the rare species can be protected longer. The extra years would allow for better management needed in creating a replacement area.

We are Canadian and don't need this type of Trumpian style bullying in our province or our country! Shame on those who try to push through projects in such an unjust way.

victoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:05:10
JacquelineBenedetto

Conserving natural habitats and ecosystems in our beautiful country is an essential priority. Please use your voice within our government to protect our sacred natural lands.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:05:20
LyndaGagne

Aside from the environmental and cultural damage it is going to cause, there is no economic case for Site C. It is another example of very bad public / economic / environmental policy.
It is incredibly disheartening to see our governments make such poor and short-sighted decisions.

DuncanBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:05:21
RobertWright

I think that the destruction of unique and rare ecosystems is unnecessary. The loss of prime agricultural land, the on going treaty violations, and the unnecessary destruction of rare and pristine wetlands is reckless short term planning by the provincial government. Please halt the construction and looming destruction of Watson's Slough and re-evaluate the need for the project.

Bella Bella British Columbia2017-02-05 22:05:55
CarlieParkinson

I am very concerned about this dam. I don't feel that we should be destroying precious wetlands and agricultural land for a project that is only needed to power more dangerous and polluting projects.

Please delay your destruction of the area until everything is definite. The people are against this and we will keep pressuring big business to back off!

North VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:06:30
TorSvanoe

I am so disappointed that the Federal Liberals have not yet put a stop to this over priced, destructive, rape of the land project that
is so completely unnecessary. Please take a stand against this
ongoing habitat, farmland and ecosystem destruction that so many
species of life depend on!
I have lived on a slough for 35 years and watched it transform from a slough rich with life to a storm drain for new SFPR. The track record
for environmental protection in BC is pathetic. Save Watson's Slough!

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:07:55
AndreaSmith

I am concerned about the logging and clearing of Watson's Slough. Why do we need to rush to do this? Let's let nature offer what it can for a little while longer. We need our wetlands and our birds and wildlife. Please save the area.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:10:04
AnnStrother

Loss of biodiversity, rare geology, family accessible wetland to lend experience to canadians re what existing workable wetlands are like.
We are already cutting our use of gas, oil etc, to protect our planet earth, why wantonly actually destroy our own natural habitat ?

VictoruaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:10:14
RichardElzby

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

MeafordOntario2017-02-05 22:11:07
ErnaRobertson

Watson’s Slough is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but this is unlikely to produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands.

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

This area is too important as a natural habitat to destroy. I sincerely hope the government will not be so shortsighted that it allows the destruction of this irreplaceable resource.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:12:11
HeatherMurphy

My concerns about the Site C dam is essentially that it is not needed at this time. And that this land, in the context of global warming, may in fact be needed for farmland. Although electricity is our cleanest energy, building this dam will devastate the Peace River Valley and Athabasca delta. I would rather see our financial resources spent on reducing energy wasteful practices.

Sincerely,
Heather Murphy

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:13:16
RossMacdonald

I feel that the Site C dam is an indefensible project. Its economic benefits are dubious at best, and the environmental damage it would cause would be enormous and tragic. In particular, I am concerned about the precious wetland Watson's Slough because:
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Thank you

Ross Macdonald

CalgaryAlberta2017-02-05 22:13:40
JohnPalmer

It is not needed as future energy technologies will render it obsolete before completion.
It is an environmental nightmare in the making due to the flooding of valuable lands.

TrailBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:14:13
MeredithRodger

Well, some days I just want to say "I give up." Go ahead and cut down the whole of Canada and forget about saving anything. Why bother?

We absolutely do not need this dam. It is a waste and future generations will look back at our actions and just shake their heads.

Obviously you are not paying attention to the world of renewables.
The time has come to stop building large hydro projects, pipe lines, coal plants, etc. Renewable technologies are becoming cheaper and more practical. In a few years the world will begin to switch seriously to renewables. Some countries are there already, especially developing countries which are beginning to rely on solar technologies.

Why are we wasting this beautiful area to no purpose.

Please stop the logging, stop the clearing and leave the Peace alone!

Please put Canada in a better position to build our economy on renewable energy technologies before we fall behind more forward looking countries.

My investments are leaving big oil and big hydro and looking to the amazing new developments happening everyday in the world of renewables.

Watch out Canada here they come!

OttawaOntario2017-02-05 22:16:28
MarleneStephens

we all know we don't need more electricity stocked up for Canada. Do not sell us out . .do not add another disappointment to your legacy.

be long sited. .think of now and the future.

there are no more words, it is so obvious why this should not go ahead. and destroy the lives here. This land is the home of the People and animals, now and before us and it now wont be home to the future ones. It will be $ in someone's pocket.

GibsonsBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:16:40
maggiecameron

The push to build Site C dam is IGNORANT

SHORT-SIGHTED

and now MEAN SPIRITED (logging
Watson Slough 7 years before
"necessary" ) !

salmon arm, b.c.British Columbia2017-02-05 22:17:48
Dr. C.D.Mazoff

When are we going to learn!!! Please do not encourage this destruction of our heritage. Please encourage switching to sustainable renewal energy now.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:18:56
JacAndre

Please stop this horrific destructive unnecessary project. It's wrong in all ways. Environmental, political, financial.

Thank you,

Jac Andre

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:19:57
AnnMayo

Please, no more destruction of this needed and unique land.

As we learn more about the produce coming from California, which has been irrigated with 'clean' fracking water, we need this area to feed Canada.

Imagine the value this land would be to all of Canada if instead of hydro-electric, bright and informed minds thought of solar and wind.

CoquitlamBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:22:11
WilliamKlock

Not to mention you lose all that acreage and beauty. When we have clean energy options instead of 1950 options of dams. Thought everybody except maybe 3rd world countries still tried hydro dams. Not a good idea. Thanks for your time.

WataugaTexas2017-02-05 22:22:39
ElizabethKeenan

Dams may provide hydro, but kill SO many other benefits. Please find a better way to provide power to those who need it. Let our precious nature reserves go to the wildlife that needs it. If you can't find a better way to do this, then why are you in your govenment position?

TorontoOntario2017-02-05 22:22:48
AsminChen

It's not needed and the damage it's causing cannot be undone. There is no turning back and this investment doesn't give any return that match the sacrifice. Our land and natural resources are too precious to be given up for something that doesn't benefit us, nor the environment or the people living in the area. This very short-sighted project must be stopped and overturned.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:24:24
CliffSchuh

Shut down the plans for the SITE-C dam NOW if you want to get back i9ntom power on the next election.

Even some one with a half a brain would see that the SITE-C dam is a bad project and a waste of good land!!!

Grand ForksBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:26:03
Susanna Kaljur

Site C dam is unnecessary and is an enormous cost to BC taxpayers. Further it has come to my attention the BC Hydro plans to begin clearing Watson's slough which is a significant wetland. This area is one of the few remaining wetlands in the Peace region. It is home to 129 bird species. Including yellow rail which is a species of concern. As well as trumpeter swans, nelsons sparrows and horned grebes, several neotropical birds use this as a stop along their migratory route. The slough contains the areas only marl fen ecosystem. Children regularly come to this area to learn about the importance of wetlands.
Replacement wetlands are rarely as diverse as natural wetlands. Delay the clearing of this section as the filling of site c dam is 7 years away.
I ask that BC Hydro delay the clearing of this important ecosystem and habitat.

CourtenayBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:27:23
Abel Fotheringham

Dear Mr. Routley ,
I would like to express my opinion of the reason why I oppose the site C dam project . It is my belief that the original plan W C Bennet came up with for B.C Hydro was and should still be considered suitable enough to meet the needs of B.C. residents and should still be able to afford us lower rates of cost which should allow us to attract business to our province because of this reason . Unfortunately , the B.C. government has hidden its debt and sold off the futures of this system in relation to monetary benefit to anything it can in order to hide the fact from it's residents . We sell power , or should I say give power to the state of california . Because of the fact that the corporation in charge of this transaction was held liable for price gouging in the state of california we now give them our power for free and they refuse to pay us for the debt they ensued . It wasn't even a court in our own country that led to this decision . How much taxpayer money has been lost because of this .How much would we need Site C if they turned off the supply to california ? If the Christie Clark government wasn't so greedy we would not even need the power that will be generated from the Site C dam . From my understanding the power is primarily to be used for the processing industry of LNG that most of the residents do not want anyway . We need to stop with this behavior . More are becoming aware of these practices and are questioning all of those who are supposed to represent us . Please do something .

Ladysmith British Columbia2017-02-05 22:30:51
Patricia Spencer

Please delay any work around Watson's slough in the Peace River Valley. Wetlands are a rare ecosystem in our province. This wetland contains many important species such as the red-listed Yellow Rail.

108 Mile Ranch British Columbia2017-02-05 22:31:11
JudithWapp

Is nothing sacred? Dams are like arteriosclerosis for the land.

New DenverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:31:38
JeanRedpath

First of all, I am very much against the construction of the Site C dam. However, if it is going to go ahead, there is something important to consider.
Please do what you can to reverse the irresponsible decision to clear Watson's slough seven years before it is necessary to do so. Environmentalists and biologists report that there would be significant benefits to many species if this wetland was left intact for as long as possible before clearing.
I am asking you to do what you can to ensure that BC Hydro holds off on logging this important wetland at this time. It's one of the few things that the company could do to show that it really does mean to carry out this project in a way that minimizes impacts and respects at least some environmental values.
Sincerely, Jean Redpath

North VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:33:53
SandraNelken

My concerns about Site C is that it will flood some of the richest agricultural land in B.C. at a time when we need to protect our food security. It will displace many people who make their living farming. It's against Indigenous rights and it will displace wildlife which are also facing survival due to climate change and industry.

It is no secret that Site C is being forced upon us to provide electricity for LNG development which will have a further effect on climate change. This project has long passed it's best before date.

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:35:15
BrendaColbourne

Please reconsider your decision to disturb the ecosystem in Watson's Slough in the Peace River Valley. To do so is irresponsible especially since it is premature to destroy this vital ecosystem years before it is deemed necessary.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:37:14
TroyGermain

Please let our children continue to enjoy and learn from Watsons slough until it needs to be destroyed 6 years from now. Please let us that are proud of our region keep our peace valley in its natural form until the time it actually needs to be destroyed in 5 or 6 years.

FortstjohnBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:37:26
IanGartshore

There are less costly options for secure power in British Columbia. Let's leave Watson's Slough alone for a few more years, until (at a minimum) after this year's provincial election.

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:38:44
LindaWall

Everything that I've read and studied indicate that this dam is NOT Necessary as Hydro use is going DOWN, Not Up as we've been led to believe!!
It is way too costly with little to NO financial benefit to the citizens of this province... Actually, the taxpayers are going to have to cough up the money/difference as we sell off the Hydro power to the USA at BELOW-Market prices!!

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
•It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
•e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
•The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
•The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
•Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:39:10
RebekahStewart

Please do not proceed with this unnecessary , reckless and damaging project. Amongst the destruction to the habitat in the widespread affected area, the loss of Watson's Slough would result in critical wetland habitat as outlined in the adjacent paragraphs.
Once destroyed these habitats will be lost forever. We are so privileged as Canadians to live in this most blessed of nations and with that blessing comes the responsibility to steward the environment wisely and very carefully.
This project will result in severe environmental destruction for fleeting and unnecessary economic gain. There is no credible argument for this project in terms of future energy requirements Particularly if we stopped selling or existing energy generated to other nations.
Thank you for your consideration.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:39:41
DorySpencer

It's a very precious wetland, all the wildlife that depends on this place is getting put at risk. Naturally existing wetlands are part of migratory birds lifeblood. Please don't destroy it.

MassetBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:43:31
LynnDaoust

I am reaching out to protect the Peace River Valley rare and significant wetland-Watson Slough.
I am asking BC Hydro to consider delaying the clearing of this section of the Peace River Valley. The reason for this horrific clearing is for the purpose of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.
This wetland is rare and an essential wetland habitat for 129 bird species including the red listed Yellow Rail, Nelson's sparrow, Le Conte's sparrow, Horned grebe, breeding trumpeter swans and many more.
The area contains the only Marl fen ecosystem.
Delaying at this time would allow more broods to strengthen their numbers. The forest surrounding this wetland is essential to the well being of migratory birds as well. This is a place of healing for so many bird watchers and I would love to see this area prior to its destruction for the sake of so called progress. Recreating ecosystems in the future by BC Hydro shows that as humans we think we can recreate nature.
Thank You for reading and I do hope you take time to go to this wetland area and feel compelled to protect it as I do.
See you there.
with much hope

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:44:13
richardszerepi

Stop this site c damn. We don't need wildlife habitat lost to the greed of money . Come up with alternatives to flooding farm and ranch land , wildlife habitat , fish bearing streams ,peoples homes and livelihoods . BC hydro's disregard for the environment and the people that live there has to stop. Try wind power and solar power instead of flooding

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:44:22
HisaoIchikawa

We have enough electricity and the building a new dam is not needed for many years. Site C dam would cost too much for the BC residents and should be stopped or at least delay the construction until the time when we really needed. The dam should not be built to supply the power for fracking gas which pollutes land and water which eventually spill to the ocean and harms any living-beings including us..

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:46:06
Warren Fehr

There's no need to log a rare wetland in the Peace Valley at this time. It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species. this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding. And British Columbia does not need site C dam

Fort st John British Columbia2017-02-05 22:47:00
Myrle McIntosh

Please PLEASE acknowledge that this situation
being created is irreversible, and that your
grandchildren and mine will suffer the consequences
forevermore.
It is readily acknowledged that we are in the final
stages of destroying the ecosystem; does no one
care?????

You, in your sublime ignorance ; and being driven
by arrogance, greed and ignorance of the grandest
scale. Corruption reigns supreme; and you are
practiced and skillful at lying to yourselves and
strive to impart this to the " community" at large.

There is no forgiveness for you; only endless
suffering the same as you are imposing onto all
those who have been duped into some sort of
trust for you.

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:49:11
BrandyRockel

Development of a dam in this area represents the loss of valuable productive farmland as well as the destruction of important ecosystems and archeological sites. The economic benefits of this project seem doubtful.

MissionBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:49:34
DianneHenshaw

I am very concerned about the loss of Watson's Slough, a very important wetland ecosystem that is going to be cleared because of construction of the Site C dam. There is no need to start clearing this wetland immediately, as the dam itself is at least seven years away, so what is the rush?

Delaying destruction of this area would allow visitors to enjoy the many, many bird species that make it their home, and also allow the birds to have a few more broods, and help bolster the local population before the habitat is destroyed. In addition, more school children will be able to learn about this amazing wetland, and the flora and fauna that flourish there.

I do not think it is unreasonable to request a delay in the destruction of this amazing ecosystem.

Sincerely,
Dianne Henshaw
Vancouver BC

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:49:51
GerhildNeugebauer

Big corporations can be very insensitive against people and the environment but BC Hydro deciding to begin clearing Watson's Slough on World Wetland's Day is mind boggling.
While working for the Federal Government and later for Saulteau First Nation for over 20 years I have driven by those wetlands weekly and
many times stopped to watch the many different birds, ducks and occasionally a coyote or fox. Or I would just take a walk to relax end enjoy the scenery.
Why in God's name would BC Hydro destroy the home to so many creatures for no good reason. After all even if the dam should be build
the destruction of the wetland does not need to happen for many years.

Gerhild Neugebauer

Ft.St.JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:50:12
RobertaOlenick

Please save Watson's Slough from the Site C dam development. This rare wetland is home to at least 129 bird species including the
Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more. As one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife in addition to birds. The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

And so it should remain. Do not sacrifice this important wetland to the dam.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:50:17
Roberta Staley

This project will devastate a beautiful, pristine area of BC as well as farmland that should be preserved for generations to come. It is disrespectful to First Nation hunting and fishing traditions and will disrupt a very important wildlife corridor in the Yellowstone to Yukon migration corridor chain. Moreover, the electricity generated is not needed with energy conservation efforts.

Vancouver British Columbia2017-02-05 22:52:57
ChristineHo

We do not need the Site C dam to provide power to BC residents or industry. The federal and provincial governments' Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro has failed to prove that we need Site C. They also emphasized that because there are significant adverse effects, justification for the project must rest on an unambiguous need for the power.

We, the people of BC, insist that BC Hydro stop any actions related to moving the Site C project forward until such a time as you can prove this "unambiguous need for the power".

It is indefensible to begin clearing that Watson's Slough wetland at this point. The Slough is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

I fully support the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) in their request to BC Hydro to delay clearing Watson's Slough.

Plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere or not, there is no sense or logic in devastating a viable and rare natural setting that strengthens our ecology, when the project the devastation would support is unnecessary and should not be approved in and of itself.

Please leave Watson's Slough as is and properly review the proposed Site C project (which would impact 57,000 acres of agricultural and forested land, including 31,528 acres of Class 1-7 agricultural land!) before moving forward with any actions in its name.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:54:27
KateHanen

Site C is an unnecessary destructive costly albatross of a project that appears to be motivated solely by ego.
This river valley is sacred and can provide food security for British Columbians for years to come.
The research BC Hydro used to push this project through is no longer relevant.
It's time to halt work on Site C and attempt to reclaim the land from the damage that's been done.
BC could be a leader and innovator in power producing technology but instead they choose to remain steadfast in archaic ways.

Dawson CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:55:34
GrahamLeslie

I have been appalled from the outset that the project wasn't submitted to the BC Public Utilities Commission for independent assessment, and cannot accept that in the absence of such assessment the project is justified on economic grounds that override all the other ecological, environmental and First Nations concerns.

108 Mile RanchBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:56:10
TREVOR DAVIDHOLNESS

food security more important than cheap electricity for foreign owned LNG corporations.

BURNABYBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:56:19
Pameladen Ouden

Dear Mr. Zimmer:

According to Mark Phinney, local wildlife biologist and chairman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant.

The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular. Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

In addition, the loss of the Watson Slough is significant because:

- It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
- It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
- e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
- The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

Please speak up on behalf of your constituents who want to protect this valuable natural asset.

Sincerely,
Pamela den Ouden

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:56:52
JudithStevenson

The current letter is specifically about Watson Slough, a special and ecologically significant wetland that BC Hydro is currently or imminently going to clear. Since the planned flooding -- which I oppose overall -- is not scheduled for a projected seven years, I would like to join with others to ask for the clearing of the slough to be delayed for as long as it takes to go through all other preparatory steps, so that the 129 bird species bird species (as of current records) that depend on it can continue to utilize the resources they need to survive and thrive.

A great many birders visit the slough regularly, or come from long distances away for what might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy the species they are lucky enough to be able to see.Those that come from away as individuals, in family or in tour groups, contribute to the local and regional economies while they visit.

By delaying any changes to or clearing of the slough, birders would be able to continue to enjoy one of the things they love about BC, its abundant (though threatened) bird life, local children would continue to enjoy filed trips to the area, and the birds themselves could continue to reproduce for as long as possible.

Please do the right thing here.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:57:27
HeatherPayne

As someone who cares very much about disappearing wildlife habitat, especially wetlands, all over North America, I am distressed by the callousness and lack of transparency around the need to destroy the Peace River Valley for another hydro project.

Watson's Slough is a place that should be protected, not destroyed. It is significant because:
1) It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species. With these bird species, it should be permanently protected, and not allowed to be destroyed at all.
2) Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date.
3) The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America. We are making plans to visit the Peace in the future, and Watson's Slough would certainly be on our itinerary.
4) The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
5) Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
6) Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. This is exactly why most projects require extra mitigation rather than a 1:1 replacement - because similar ecosystem services are not provided, and certainly not to the same extent. The extent to which replacement wetlands has failed is so high that I do not think they should be considered acceptable mitigation.

For these reasons, I request that you: 1) stop the destruction of Watson's Slough; and 2) stop the entire Site C project permanently.

Chapel HillNorth Carolina2017-02-05 22:59:19
sallyblake

I believe, that in the future, we will need this agricultural land for the people of BC. I am also concerned for ALL life in BC, not just human.. once the wetland areas are gone, all life that exists there goes forever.. It seems like this project is all about creating jobs but it is my hope that good jobs could be created in areas that don't destroy huge amounts of farm and wildlife land.

prince georgeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 22:59:34
Margaret Rogers

* I do not believe that BC Hydro is correct is suggesting that we need this project for future electricity needs.
* I believe that the utility is narrow minded and unconcerned with the environmental impact of this destructive endeavour.
* I believe that the government of BC has not thought of the future in any way and Christy Clark is a very poor example of a leader.
* I believe that Christy Clark and her government have no concern for the people of this province now the future of our children, the wildlife, the ecosystems, the water.
* I believe that Christy Clark has her own agenda that supports only large corporations that do not even pay their own taxes in support of the government and in this act of devastation supports those same leaches that are bent on getting their own way for the sake of $$$ and not the people of British Columbia.

Site C should be scrapped and Renewable and Green energy (Solar, Wind, Ocean) is where the future is and our future government (after the coming election tosses Christy out on her ear) will see that investing in jobs in this new energy sector will promote prosperity and investments for all is the path to leadership.
Changes to the building code and municipal building rules could be forcing solar at least in part in every home. Heat pumps for heating and cooling require less electricity not more. People would embrace the technology if it were available. BC Hydro does not want this to happen. This public utility is not working for the good of the people in any way.

MissionBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:00:31
ClaireHeffernan

For 35 years I have followed BC Hydro and the Provincial governments plans to build this expensive and unessessary dam. It is unconscionable that the destruction of this unique ecosystem is proceding while a native land claim is before the courts. Over the years I have written letters, donated money and now I am going solar because I refuse to pay for this monster. STOP the destruction!

Quathiaski CoveBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:01:56
Art Johnson

I am deeply concerned that BC Hydro has plans to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes Watson's Slough. It is one of the few remaining prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace Region and as such provides habitat for many wildlife varieties in addition to several rare bird species.
Areas like this slough are irreplaceable . My question is "how is BC Hydro going to safeguard the current status of this wildlife and ensure its continued existence?"

Art Johnson

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:02:37
NormWolfe

Not only is the Site C unnecessary and unnecessarily expensive but the wonderful farmland, First Nations territories, and irreplaceable wetlands like Watson Slough that will be destroyed can never be reclaimed! It is foolish to put so much money and so much destruction into a resource that even the Prime Minister indicates must be phased out! Let's leave Site C in the "failed" file AGAIN and put our money into research, development, and training for the production of alternative power.

Thank you,
Norm Wolfe

CastlegarBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:04:17
ColinLeech-Porter

I have reviewed the comments made about Site C. Preserving the slough for now (preserving wetlands in general) is important. There are issues with the need to build 'site C'.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:04:49
LenardRobertson

Why destroy a unique ecosystem, years ahead of the shovels going in the ground, for a project, not needed for many, many years to come? Stop trying to further enrich your corporate "buddies", at the tax payers expense! We're not all blind, out here.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:06:04
CarolCollins

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding. 
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
 
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans;  and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
 
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades.  Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.
 

DoverDelaware2017-02-05 23:06:41
BetsyNeily

I'm concerned about this project reducing our wetlands and farmland in the Peace River Valley.

The loss of habitat in Watson's Slough will be significant and removing precious wetlands from our anywhere on this planet is foolhardy. I do not understand the need to begin clearing seven years ahead of the planned reservoir.

Please halt or delay the clearing of this significant ecological treasure.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:07:03
GailViens

There are other non invasive areas in BC in which to do logging for Hydro. Why have we not learned to protect what is precious in our environment? Why are we humans so greedy? I saw the Peace River Valley for the first time two years ago and it was incredible! Please save it for future generations to enjoy.

Salmon ArmBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:07:35
TomBurke

It is time to Respect Native Rights! Cite C Dam is Nogueira economical. Do not put BC taxpayers in future debt for YOUR Short Term Political goals!

Please & Thank You

Yours truly
Sincerely
Tom Burke

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:08:36
MairyBeam

Watson’s Slough is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

There is no need to clear it now. Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:09:32
DeliaMosi

I am deeply concerned about Site C dam, the clearing of the Watson's
Slough will have serious consequences for migratory birds, our wetlands are slowly disappearing. The Peace Valley is a fertile land,
our children and grandchildren will look at its destruction with sadness
and will not understand why we let it happen!!! Delia Mosi

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:10:04
Anna Louise E.Fontaine

First of all, the beauty should not be destroyed or endengered for the sake of profit and outdated energies.
Can you considered these points brought by the biologist Mark Phinney for whom the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Anther point is that the Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades.

So, please consider these points and reevaluate your decision.

lantierQuebec2017-02-05 23:10:06
Sally AJAbraham

The damage to the environment by creating Site C Dam are enormous. Peace Valley can feed 1 million people with it's arable land, not to mention the destruction of the Environment with the mere building activity. Our weather patterns are changing fast and dramatically already. Here on the West Coast, there is snow unlike we have had before, there are more earthquakes and weather disruptions. There are all connected and due to man made use of fossil fuels. Keep the oil in the ground and stop the progressive destruction of the Earth!

Roberts CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:11:42
BrianVeale

Please BC Hydro,

save some of our beautiful nature untouched!!
In this case we implore you to stop logging and clearing near Watson's Slough.

Brian and Vanja Veale.

PO Box 255, WoodcroftBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:12:26
MoniSchiller

My concerns are that we are ruining productive farmland for something we don't need. We should be looking at solar and other renewable resources, not wrecking a whole verdant valley and take land from farmers. It's the reason I'm getting solar panels, and I said to the salesperson I really don't give a damn how much they are. I don't want to be any part of Christie Clark's Site C power.

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:12:32
MarcBoyd

Do the right thing and stop destroying the environment. We have done enough harm already to this Province. Lets explore alternative energy sources and other means that do not require this level of devastation.

marc boyd.

ParksvilleBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:12:35
SheilaPratt

I have 3 concerns about the current progress of the Site C Dam:
-There are many legal challenges that have not been resolved; if they are not resolved, the current destruction of the environment will have been pointless;
-There are many people being employed on a project that may not ever be completed, so I am wondering why people are being employed to do a job that may be pointless (it is expensive, but it does boost employment figures!); and
-The cost of Site C has not been honestly presented to British Columbians, who will be paying for it, and neither have the many experts who claim we don't need the dam - we have only heard the government's position.

Maple RidgeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:13:12
TrudyDuivenvoorden Mitic

Site C is another top-down, corporate-approved, ill-conceived project, the need for which was based on exaggerated estimates of future domestic electricity use and without taking into account the steady growth of renewable energy development and production. Now the wanton destruction nears Watson's Slough, a nature-made sanctuary that in normal times and through a genuinely balanced lens would never be forfeited for the development of a by-no-means-exclusive energy production initiative that bears the heavy thumbprint of a top-down operation. Current governments are no different from their predecessors in the way they mine dollars and cents from every source imaginable, hoping that the number of temporary jobs created will placate the public to avert its eyes from both the loss of priceless habitat and the trickle-up economy to the boundlessy hungry coffers of corporate and government interests. Somewhere it has to stop, the taking of our collective land, the taking of Native land, the taking of land that has belonged to the flora and fauna that have lived there since eons before Ottawa and Victoria became arbitrary names on a man-made map. As a voter, I'm already feeling testy because of the federal fold-down this week on their electoral promise to introduce a fairer voting system. I'm willing to help make it stop. There are hundreds of thousands of people like me. We are Canadians and we will not let our country be destroyed by powers that have no vision beyond the next political term. Don't placate us with nicely spun words. It's far, far too late for that.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:15:36
JoanneVan Ee

It is short sighted to destroy this natural sanctuary. There has to be a better way. Please respect the wishes of thousands of people.

Lake CountryBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:15:44
JanSlakov

I wonder why BC Hydro would want to clear an ecologically significant area now, when it need not be flooded for at least 7 years. Maybe it is working with Premier C. Clark to get the Site C dam project past the point of “no return”. If so, that is unethical - an abusive way to treat BC residents and ratepayers.

This slough should continue to serve wildlife, birdwatchers, school groups and others as long as possible.

Salt spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:16:54
Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins

Our concerns about site 'C' are many, from losing valuable farmland which is diminishing at an alarming rate to the impact on vital wildlife and the people who live there. Where is our food going to come from without good farmland? We certainly cannot rely on other countries, they have their own population to feed. Our wetlands are an important regulatory system for the surrounding waters and support a diverse and large wildlife population as well as supporting the people who live there.
This act of flooding areas is a redundant process and very costly. There are many other avenues that could be followed for energy supplies that are not so destructive.
Do we really need this type of energy source? We do not believe so. Perhaps people need to be more efficient and thoughtful about the energy that is available now and perhaps elected officials need to be more prudent when analyzing projects.
This kind of project has ramifications far exceeding our little circle.
As elected officials it is your duty to listen and not override public opinion.

Honeymoon BayBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:17:20
WilliamChase

I do not expect anyone in Ottawa to do anything about this [too many disappointments from Justin and his people already]
We need full-scale protests [a-la-Hungary recently] to put a stop to Christy Clark and her corrupt cronies.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Fort St JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:19:32
CathieMakaroff

Please save this beautiful area in the Peace River Valley from complete devastation for an unnecessary power damn; let's make all efforts to reduce our energy consumption NOW and avoid every having to destroy more pristine habitat for the species we share this planet with. IT is NOT just for us!
THanks for all you do and your efforts to build a bright future for Canada,
Sincerely,
Cathie Lamont Makaroff

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:19:49
DavidmBlacoe

I endorse the PVLA AND AGREE Plans to log this area should be deferred Because it is a keystone habitat.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:19:58
Ruth AnnDarnall

I have visited the Watson Slough often over many years as I have lived in the North Peace for 70 years. This wetland is amazing. It should not be destroyed until absolutely necessary should the Site C dam be allowed to be built.

Wetlands are unique areas for birds and other wildlife. Until Hydro has an area that is to take the place of Watson's Slough, please leave it untouched. Leave it for the many birds that will spend time there for the next years.

The Site C dam is NOT necessary. We do not need the power. Site C dam should be cancelled and the Peace River Valley should be left as is with its micro climate and fertile soil, First Nations Heritage sites, calfing grounds for ungulates, beautiful scenery, birding area, and just a wonderful area for those of us who are living in the North.

Will you please delay the clearing of this rare and significant wetland? Thank you for your prompt action on this very important matter. I await your reply.
Sincerely, Ruth Ann Darnall

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:21:50
DesmondBerghofer

I have recently heard about BC Hydro's intention to log in the area around Watson's slough in the Peace River valley.

This kind of intentional destruction of wildlife habitat for a project that may never be built must be avoided.

Please do what you can to put a stop to it.

VancouverAlberta2017-02-05 23:22:59
KarenWilson

Site C is a giant waste of taxpayer dollars that we will be paying for for decades to come. Why are we building something that will cost us billions of dollars only to sell energy to the USA at a lower cost while Canadians pay more? It makes no sense economically.

Site C will destroy vital farmland and kill endangered creatures and their homes. Has our government not been following the stories around the world where vegetables are being rationed?! We need farmland to ensure that we can provide for ourselves and our families!
Site C will destroy the homes of thousands of wildlife and ruin the ecosystem in this area. This is 2017. Have we learned nothing about maintaining ecosystems? Site C will devastate the creatures and the humans and the earth.
Stop Site C immediately!

GoldenBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:23:58
DOROTHYDRUBEK

I am writing to you all about the looming clear cutting of the Watson's Slough in preparation for the Site C dam. Reading about the riches within this wetland made me think of one term long ago penned by Rachel Carson - "silent spring". When do we say enough is enough? How do you who are making this choice face your children and grandchildren down the road when they sense that silence? How do you justify the trade-offs of "progress" in a dam that has been doomed from its very beginnings to the stewardship and respect for an area of wildlife habitat, agricultural potential and immense beauty? Economics? No, this dam will be the most expensive albatross in BC's history. Jobs? Yes, a few but not many and not for long and sustainable jobs should be our goal, not boom and bust of the resource industry.
We have the responsibility, knowing all we know today, to avoid those choices made in the past based on ignorance - we didn't have the whole picture before. We do now. The only responsible choices are the following:
* delay the Watson Slough clearing as there is no need for years to come and the birds need this breeding site now
* stop the construction of Site C dam until it has been properly investigated by the BC Utilities Commission. There is no reason to bypass this necessary overseeing.
I register my dismay at shortsighted intentions and expect that common sense will prevail and these choices will become a done deal. No project should ever be rushed "to the point of no return".

COURTENAYBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:25:11
M.D. ZakHenderson

Hello fellow citizens,

I quote from National Geographic; In the USA "more than 1,300 dams have been removed as of 2015. The Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams were blown out of Washington’s Elwha River between 2011 and 2014. Between 2011 and 2012, the Condit Dam vanished from the state’s White Salmon River.
Such projects allow backed-up rivers and the fisheries they once supported to be reborn. They reflect a broader shift in the way Americans relate to rivers, seeing them as more than just workhorses for hydropower, agriculture, and economic growth."
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160411-klamath-glen-canyon-dam-removal-video-anniversary/

The Site C dam is even worse than most dam projects. It will destroy agricultural land that could otherwise provide jobs in perpetuity. It will destroy jobs in the eco-tourism industry, such as those we know have formed around Watson's Slough. Watson's Slough is an internationally recognized birding hotspot which stimulates the economy by drawing visitors from near and far, and by being an important educational site for our children. It could continue to do this forever... but you are on a path to destroy it.
To damage Watson's Slough's rare Marl Fen ecosystem in anyway is both an ethical and an economic injustice. I say so as a former professional Ecological Restorationist because I know that such a precious place cannot be re-created. Once you destroy it, it will be gone forever.

Elsewhere dams are being decommissioned in recognition of the negative environmental impact that they have created. You must not allow the regressive destruction implicit in the Site C dam.
Do not cut trees, or otherwise damage, Watson's Slough.
Please invest the $8,000,000,000.00 earmarked for the dam on new, progressive technologies and stop the construction Site C dam.

Thank you.
M.D. Zak Henderson

SaanichtonBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:25:49
PAULBURKHART

Site C is going to do far more harm to the environment than it can possible do to benefit our province. And Watson's Slough is a critical micro-environment that needs to be protected. The loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

HARRISON HOT SPRINGSBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:26:13
johnpasqua

END THE LAND CLEARING HERE TODAY TO PROTECT THE WETLANDS AND WILDLIFE FROM THIS HABITAT LOSS TODAY TO PRESERVE IT.

Escondido San Diego CountyCalifornia2017-02-05 23:27:41
TeganBrock

The energy to be produced by the Site C hydro dam does not outweigh the long-lasting and wide-ranging human and ecological impacts of its construction.

The impacts on livelihoods, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, will be for forever, not just multi-generational, but irreversible.

If Canada is truly committed to sustainability, the federal and BC provincial governments would recognize that local farming and subsistence hunting are far more economically, socially, and culturally viable than a mega-hydroelectric dam. Consider the seven generations principle of sustainability--the Prime Minister, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and Premier of BC are not thinking about their families when they make decisions such as this.

Canada is not desperate for this energy. There are other ways, including small-scale hydro dams and other renewable energy sources, including geothermal, that can provide for BC's energy demands.

Site C DOES NOT fulfill Canada's renewable 'clean' energy policy. It is a destructive, unsustainable, and irreversible mega-dam.

Canada has endorsed the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and government at all levels are taking concerted efforts to re-build positive, respectful relationships with Indigenous nations and peoples throughout the country. This project contradicts both the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by blatantly ignoring and minimizing the rights of Indigenous peoples, who are the primary caretakers and users of the Peace River Valley. By supporting Site C and promoting it as a 'clean energy' source, the BC government and Environment and Climate Change Canada is severely undermining their mandate, and undermining the need and trust of Canadians.

This project is yet another example of national energy policy supporting industry at the expense of local citizens. BC Hydro needs to give the idea of this project up, and start thinking creatively about how they can generate energy that is sustainable and provides benefits to local and regional residents.

SaskatoonSaskatchewan2017-02-05 23:31:01
ChrisWagner

BC has many ways to generate a lot of electricity that don't involve flooding a river valley, eliminating farmland, and furthering or dependence on foreign crops (which require a lot of fuel to ship to Northern BC).

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:31:07
KateVincent

I am gravely concerned about the whole process around the Site C dam. Please know that you have my support to speak out against this development, particularly as it affects First Nations and agricultural lands.

Given Chrisy Clark's commitment to seeing this project through, it is imperative that we bring all possible federal influence to bear in ensuring that this project does not go through until all concerns have been dealt with.

I don't believe this dam is in the best interests of British Columbians and will ending up costing more than $10 billion for power that is earmarked for the fracking industry which we absolutely do not need or want. Even the Chair of the special committee tasked by the provincial government with reviewing the project has spoken out against it. It is not sane policy to pollute our drinking water, destroy essential agricultural land and natural habitat and increase greenhouse gasses to produce natural gas for export.

The agricultural land is invaluable and will be more so in the future, and we must protect the natural habitat of this beautiful land.

I urge you and John Horgan to do all you can to halt this project.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:33:01
JanaRonne

I was dismayed to learn that BC Hydro wants to clear the Watson Slough now, at least 7 years before the actual dam construction (if it is ever built, considering that First Nations rights have been disregarded).
This wetland is home to several rare and even red-listed bird species and even though BC Hydro has promised to replace the habitat elsewhere, it is not likely to be a 100% remedy. Besides, the replacement habitat is not ready at this time, is it? I have not heard anything about it...
Please, delay the destruction of this important habitat, at least till court challenges to this project have been properly heard and till appropriate replacement habitat is ready.

Thank you for your consideration,

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:33:28
KimAldridge

This dam will cause shifts to the landscape, wildlife and people who call it home that will be negative and devastating. If it was in your backyard, your oasis, your children's school - you would say no.

Pender IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:33:41
MelissaRayfield

I would prefer that the province explored renewable energy possibilities with research and development in to this before taking a drastic measure of flooding this area.

GibsonsBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:34:38
DianaThompson

Please please delay as long as possible the destruction of Watson Slough.It breaks my heart to see places like this destroyed. Watson Slough is valuable for the life of the animals. The Red-listed Yellow Rail lives there. How could you bear to tell your children you didn't protect it? The Tufa Seeps are extremely special, and took 10,000 years to develop, how can you replace them?
I hope you can consider some way of saving Watson Slough.
Yours truly,
Diana

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:36:32
ShaiMeditates

Site C is an environmental disaster. We need all the farmland we have to feed future generations. When I elected Prime Minister Trudeau, I thought he would protect the environment and respect the First Nations of this country.

BurnabyBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:38:22
DONNAMARTIN

PLEASE SPARE WATSON'S SLOUGH. IT HAS IRREPLACEABLE WILDLIFE HABITAT VALUES THAT CANNOT BE REPLICATED.

AS YOU KNOW IT IS ONE OF FEW PRAIRIE-POTHOLE TYPE WETLANDS REMAINING IN THE PEACE REGION AND PROVIDES HABITAT FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF WILDLIFE, INCLUDING SEVERAL RARE BIRD SPECIES.

AS THE FILLING OF THE RESERVOIR IS AT LEAST 7 YEARS AWAY, AT THE VERY LEAST DELAY THE CLEARING UNTIL AN ALTERNATIVE WETLAND AREA HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND IMPLEMENTED SO THAT SOME OF THE PLANTS AND INHABITANTS OF WATSON'S CAN BE MOVED AND TIMED SO THAT RETURNING BIRDS CAN FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO WATSON'S SLOUGH TO MATE AND RAISE THEIR CHICKS.

SALT SPRING ISLANDBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:41:27
ma Lala

wetlands are disappearing all over our planet.,.,they are important for many sacred life forms.,plants animals etc , we also have access to other forms of energy that do not destroy life .,. Hydro is all about money , power and greed.,.look at other forms of technology.,.,NOW !!!! Future generations will look back at this time and hold Decision makers accountable .,.,.,

WindermereBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:41:35
Amber MacGregor

The Peace River Valley should be left as is. Please stop the destruction of precious animal habitat in Watson Slough and all the other areas of the Peace River Valley that will be impacted by the destruction and flooding for the purpose of building Site C Dam. This project is not feasible economically, or environmentally and is opposed by many First Nations Groups, environmentalists, farmers and home owners who live and work in the area. This project will destroy homes, ceremonial lands, precious waters, forests and wildlife. It will also create massive amounts of methane, that will be released into the atmosphere, making this supposedly carbon reduced method of energy production anything but. We do not need Site C Dam in BC.
Please make a case for looking into less impactful methods of creating energy in BC, like geothermal energy.

Save the Peace River Valley today and help reduce carbon creating emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Thank you

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:43:48
AlbertVan Ee

Considering that there are so many voices in protest against this, I would suggest that you listen to them. Secondly if you took all the money invested in site C dam, and used it to develop sustainable energy sources i.e., tidal power, solar power and wind, then we would have a better return on our investment dollar, and BC Hydro would be a model which the whole world would gage itself.

Lake CountryBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:44:16
JohnBrewer

The loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Thank you for considering my comments.

MariettaOhio2017-02-05 23:44:18
SivallaLin

Watson's slough is a valuable wetland that should be left intact. Renewable energy is the way of the future and Site C Dam makes neither dollars nor sense. What not find a way to profit from long term sustainable non destructive energy sources? Invest in new technology for greater long term profits.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:44:26
Sagewalker

Watson' Slough is one of the places on this earth we need to stand together to save. How can we possibly consider destroying such an essential and beautiful natural gem. When will we realize that the earth that sustains us must be protected by us and not used and abused just for our consumption. If we don't take care of such places as Watson's Slough, we are destroying something would far into the future, take care us....

TorontoOntario2017-02-05 23:44:59
MarilynRummel

We can always make dams, but we can make wetlands. They take long years, and the involvement of many species. Only God can make a tree? I don't believe the dam will ultimately be built, and the destruction of this amazing site will have been for nought.

duncanBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:47:44
EricBoucher

Please stop this madness. May your knowledge increase enough for you to understand the deep and essential interactive relationship that this slew provides in the area where it is located. It is an essential link to the health of this environment and for the people living off of this land as well.

May you find the courage, furthermore, to align your intention with this knowledge and find ways to promote, educate and take action on protecting this site from any further misguided development. Too much is at stake here for taking such a risk.

When people will realize they can't eat money, is it going to be too late? I hope you are going to learn, find the courage and take action to help instead of hindering in this matter on which humanity's survival depends.

Queen Charlotte British Columbia2017-02-05 23:48:43
NancyIssenman

It will destroy precious wetland and some of the best agricultural land in BC
It is not honouring the Federal government's agreement to put aboriginal lands and concern first.
It is a total waste of money when the markets are saturated and BC will not need the extra energy, especially if we focus on renewables WHICH WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING DECADES PAST.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:48:52
marcelleroy

I have been expressing my grave concerns about the unnecessary site C dam for years now all to no avail as Christie Clark's Liberals refuse to work for the good of BC residents and instead choose to cow tow to their corporate buddies and choose to promote a most toxic an uneconomical LNG industry. The phenomenal destruction and increased GHG emissions resulting from this ghastly project are staggering as well as the huge debt that will be brought to bear on us and future generations. This project is the ultimate in irresponsibility!
And now to add insult to injury BC Hydro wants to clear Watson's Slough. This is a rare and important wetland that could be left for at least 7 years. What is the hurry in destroying a wetland that provides a critical habitat for wildlife and rare bird species? Furthermore this slough is also an favoured destination for birders therefore encourages tourism to the area all revenues that are badly needed.
I know you know the truth of these concerns. Please show some backbone and leadership and right these wrongs. It is not too late.

salt spring islandBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:49:03
HelenPoncelet

I am writing to endorse the request of the Peace river Regional District and the Peace Valley Landowners Association.

This request asks BC Hydro to consider delaying the clearing of Watson's Slough.
The loss of this precious Wetland is a birding hotspot which offers habitat to a wide variety of birds including several rare and Red Listed bird species.
Regards,
Helen Poncelet

Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:50:13
PaulJorjorian

We can replace Site C with renewable sources at a much lower cost and save this very productive environment.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:50:58
JimDrescher

To whomever is concerned:

about economic sustainability
about the territorial integrity of First Nations
about ecological values is this uniquely rich valley
about a Canadian culture of diversity and generosity

Please do whatever you can to stop the construction of the Site C Dam.

Sincerely, Jim Drescher

New GermanyNova Scotia2017-02-05 23:53:24
DeannePala

we are guests upon this earth please do not forget wildlife !

AllistonOntario2017-02-05 23:55:14
carolyn - please selectmassey

it would destroy a natural habitat

quincyIllinois2017-02-05 23:55:30
Elsie Dean

This dam should not be built for many reasons:
- violates Indigenous rights no meaningful consultations destroying their lands and culture they are apposed
- loss of farmland which we cannot afford in face of global warming reducing food security
- reduces scarce resources for other animals
- bad for economy producing excess power
- Debt burdon on BC people leading to decrease in social wellbring
- the cost of dam could be used to develop and get same or more power from alternatives - wind, solar, gerothermal, tidel, etc.

BurnabyBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:56:12
UrsulaKund

Please do not clear the Watson's Slough wetland before it is really necessary for the building of Site C dam. Site C is a very controversial project. In my opinion it is way to expensive and not really necessary. By building this dam, you will not only destroy precious agricultural land but important wildlife habitat as well. You should really consider other options like geothermal energy or other smaller projects to be built when and where needed.

Rose PrairieBritish Columbia2017-02-05 23:56:59
NancyIronside

Why must we destroy everything???

BellevilleOntario2017-02-05 23:59:18
SueEarle

We need these wetlands, and they cannot be replaced.
The Site C dam destroys much more than what we will gain from it.
The times have changed, and so must we. We must change our ways of thinking, in order to have something sustainable to hand over to our grandchildren. Greener solutions exist.

salt spring British Columbia2017-02-06 00:03:14
ClaraLondon

At this time it is not necessary to log the Watson Slough. It the Wetland is undisturbed for several more years, the birds, some blue listed and some red listed, will have a chance to reproduce and increase their numbers. The Wildlife, big and small will have important habitat for safety and feed.

Thanks
Clara London

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:03:24
LesleyHarris

I am concerned about everything with this project. The complete lack of concern for wetlands and private property is shocking. To start on something which will not be put in affect for 7 years or never is unconscionable when it will impact nature and goes against the advice of experts. This Province is not the private domain of corporations like Hydro. To keep ignoring citizens and environmentalists is just dumb. With the growing solar and wind industries, making damaging environmental decisions that affect the unknown future of hydro should be made only with the best considerations for our natural world.

GabriolaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:05:24
DulcyWilson

This is wrong to build this dam. Not cost effective. Bad for environment, aboriginal lands and rights, bad for climate warming and furthering the use of non renewables. We do not need this extra electricity for the people. It benefits only a few rich non-Canadian companies. And BC barely gets many good jobs from it. It is a horrible and stupid idea to build this unnecessary dam.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:06:30
AlisonEtter

I am very concerned that Site C dam has been approved by the Federal Government, as it is obviously in the works solely to provide electricity for fracking and natural gas extraction. I view the Peace River area as much more valuable left as it is. The Peace's farmland provides food and I would much rather have food security than more non-renewable energy, especially as the price for LNG continue to go down, making it an increasingly untenable export.

Nonetheless, if you must destroy the area regardless of the costs, I am writing to ask you to hold off on clearing a very significant wetland, Watson's Slough. This is one of the few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the area. It is habitat for a variety of wildlife, including 129 bird species, several of which are rare. Delaying destruction of this area would give the local birdlife a chance to bolster the local population before its habitat is gone forever, and before BC Hydro can create alternative wetlands for them (I am assuming this in the works?). I gather it will be at least 7 years before the dam reservoir would be filled and so other areas could be cleared first.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds would thank you. Please give consideration to this request.

ChemainusBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:06:34
StevenRowat

The current best practice unfolding, world-wide, is to develop small-sclale local power -- solar, wind, geothermal -- that feeds into the grid.

A huge project like Site C will be damaging and unnecesary; this has been shown in both scientific and economic analyses.

Unless we realize this, we'll be adding one more white elephant to the overburdened industrial matrix, which is hard enough to redirect as it is. We will push the tipping point of climate change, and we will continue to place decision-making in the hands of the few instead of the many. We will risk the catastrophic collapse of our society.

Too big, too often, can only push us closer to the edge.

Roberts CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:08:23
DulcyWilson

This is wrong to build this dam. Not cost effective. Bad for environment, aboriginal lands and rights, bad for climate warming and furthering the use of non renewables. We do not need this extra electricity for the people. It benefits only a few rich non-Canadian companies. And BC barely gets many good jobs from it. It is a horrible and stupid idea to build this unnecessary dam.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:08:48
KaeElgie

Please do not log Watson's Slough now, but rather delay logging for as long as possible, to give birds there, especially the rare species, as much time as possible to establish healthy flocks. The Slough is an important wetland, an excellent teaching resource, and an important part of our ecosystem.
As a visitor to your province, I especially value BC's natural environment. If it disappears, there is less reason for me to visit.
Of course, I would rather you not destroy this wetland EVER.
But at the very least, can you wait until it is absolutely necessary -- which could be as long as seven years.
Our planet is too fragile to be needlessly dried up, as the logging of Watson's Slough will entail.

WaterlooOntario2017-02-06 00:09:36
CelesteVarley

Site C dam is being pushed through with no regard to the need for the project, less expensive alternatives that could be developed on an as-needed basis or for the loss of significant farmland and First Nations grave sites and cultural sites.

Presently, BC Hydro has plans to clear a significant wetland, Watson's Slough, although the eventual filling of the reservoir which won't happen for at least 7 years.

It's not needed and the damage it's causing cannot be undone. There is no turning back and this investment doesn't give any returns that warrent the sacrifice. Our land and natural resources are too precious to be given up for something that doesn't benefit us, nor the environment or the people living in the area.

This very short-sighted project must be stopped and overturned.

Pender IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:10:14
DianeManuel

My concerns about Site C dam:
The Site C dam does not support the Federal Pan-Canadian Framework Project by destroying a rare and significant wetland - Watson's Slough. Destroying wetlands, clear-cutting large sections of the Peace Valley and not listening to indigenous communities pleas to stop the project. As a Canadian citizen I am asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the Site C dam project and transfer the funds to initializing a cross Canada transfer to solar. Building solar panels, storage and technology that will create thousands of jobs.

Thank you
Diane Manuel
Courtenay, BC

CourtenayBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:13:42
SusanQuipp

Not needed.
Destroying rare and much needed northern food growing land.
Opposed by Treaty 8 First Nations.
Destroying animal habitat and hunting for First Nations and others.
Banks are unstable and danger of collapse.
OLD 20TH CENTURY IDEA, NEED TO DEVELOP RENEWABLES ASAP.
Power will be used to increase fracking and possibly tarsands development.
NO NO NO NO NO!

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:16:02
EdwinOchmanek

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland and must be preserved for future generations.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:17:00
RobertSykes

Once nature is destroyed it becomes lost forever.

SaskatoonSaskatchewan2017-02-06 00:17:21
MalcolmBooth

The damming of the Peace River Valley is a terrible idea and should be not be carried out. The Valley is a special ecosystem and farming area, valuable habitat for a wide spectrum of wildlife. If we need the power (which is open to debate) other ways must found to provide it. The use of dams is a technology that is past its usefulness.

Powell RiverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:17:54
JamesWillis

Last Thursday was World Wetlands Day and ironically, BC Hydro plans to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland - Watson's Slough. Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District have asked BC Hydro to consider delaying the clearing since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least seven years away. It is one of the few prairie pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

Please have BC Hydro delay clearing Watson's Slough.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:20:04
Sharon MacGougan

In the rush to build Site C dam no care is being taken about the natural habitat. Watson's Slough is one prime example.

What is the thinking? That nature always adapts? That there are enough places like Watson's Slough (and the benefits of this type of habitat)? That only today matters, but never tomorrow?

Site C is an unnecessary project, going ahead for the wrong reasons, and in spite of what will be lost forever.

I'd like our government to stop destroying the environment. Nature doesn't always adapt. There aren't enough Watson's sloughs (because one by one they are concreted over). And tomorrow does matter.

We should not be the generation who knew better (this is not the 5o's!) but destroyed great and important sections of the natural world anyways.

Shame on you; any person who was able to protect the natural world but didn't.

We must protect our natural legacies for our grandchildren and beyond. Imagine how Site C will be thought or 50 years from now. The dam that shouldn't and needn't have been.

RichmondBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:20:42
D Lynn Chapman

The project is simply not needed. So much desecration is intolerable especially because the need has not been justified Please postpone destroying Watson Slough until the very last possible moment Save as much life as you can for as long as you can..

Roberts Creek British Columbia2017-02-06 00:21:38
LynnPerrin BGS MPP

I have studied the matter of food security in BC and Canada for my SFU Master of Public Policy thesis. BC and Canada cannot afford to lose the agricultural capacity of the Peace River due to Site C. We actually need more food production versus hydro generation according to data made available to decision makers. If BC and Canada are to meet their food security commitments Site C must not proceed.

In addition food production requires a reduction in droughts, floods and extreme weather. Wetlands help reduce climate change. Wetlands are essential for healthy ecosystems which are needed for optimum food production.

AbbotsfordBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:26:04
IrinaIvanova

Please save the Watson's Slough. It's beautiful and so many people benefit from it.

North YorkOntario2017-02-06 00:26:10
StephanDonovan

Polluted. Destruction of wildlife. Climate change. Aquifer damage. Esthetic damage.

ChicagoIllinois2017-02-06 00:26:34
JeanJenkins

I have written before--and my request has always been the same. Please do NOT carry on with the flooding of this amazing valley. The farmland is invaluable and will be desperately required in the future. I understand that a lot of the water controlled by the dam is slated to be used for fracking. I worry about any use of water to frack for natural gas as such water will undoubetedly wind up polluting the water table.

Agricultural land and clean water are our most valuable natural resources. Please do NOT proceed with this unnecessary and irreversable destruction of our most important reqirements for life and security.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:26:57
KateEdwards

Where to start? My concerns are vast. This land is unique, special and should be protected, not used up for yet another dam. I urge you to look at alternative sources for power. Look up. Look at solar, look at what nature provides for free and look to her to provide what we need. Do not destroy this land. There is no going back. Pictures don't do it justice and gone is gone. Take another look, Go for a picnic there if you have to. Take off your shoes and feel her move beneath your feet. Respect the land. Please. It's not too late. Don't be the one responsible for making it too late. One. More. Look.

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:31:42
RobertPeters

Okay, you have heard and read about the many and valid arguments against this dam. Yet some of you insist that this project go ahead. Why? I think that, as is usually the case, some people with a lot of influence expect to make a lot of money.
You know that we are all ultimately held responsible for our actions. What gives a few people the right to destroy a natural and public endowment like this, just in order to enlarge their pocketbooks???

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:34:16
isabelleboisgard

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

st-raymondQuebec2017-02-06 00:34:17
JosetteWier

This request is a plea to save Watson's slough from logging for the controversial Site C dam.
According to local wildlife biologist and Chairman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:
•It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
•Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
•e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
•The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
•The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
•Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
•Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
•Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
•Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
•The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

These irreplaceable values weigh more than a dam which is not needed for British Columbians and used as a political tool by the Christy Clark government.

SmithersBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:35:08
ClaudeRobert

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

SheffordQuebec2017-02-06 00:35:30
Carla Thiessen

I have serious concerns about the Site C dam going through.
Please don't do it!
We don't really need it and so much will be lost.
Wetlands, wildlife habitat and fertile farming land.
Please, please don't allow this project to go through.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:35:52
ShaynaHornstein

I am concerned that the precious and rare wetlands of the Watson's Slough is about to be destroyed in preparation of building the Site C dam.

This area is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

While undoubtedly BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Wetlands are critical areas in BC's natural environment. They help reduce the impacts from storm damage and flooding. They maintain good water quality in rivers, recharge groundwater and store carbon. Wetlands help stabilize climatic conditions and control pests.

The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems. Wetlands are also critical sites for biodiversity as is evident in the 129 recorded number of bird species alone that live in Watson's Slough.

It was particularly painful for me to learn that last Thursday, World Wetlands Day, BC Hydro planned to begin clearing the section of the Peace River Valley that includes this rare and significant wetlands o the Watson's Slough. Please protect this wetland and halt the construction of the Site C dam.

The Site C dam construction is also a violation of Indigenous rights and would destroy precious alluvial soil that could ensure sustainable food for a million British Columbians per year.

Please rethink and halt this ill-conceived project!
There are growing numbers of British Columbians watching this issue closely.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,

Shayna Hornstein

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:36:09
BonnieWedel

This area is a birding hot spot that needs to be preserved! Even neo tropical birds can be found here.

AbbotsfordBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:39:46
PDoke

I fail to understand why this project has been approved and certainly if I had a choice I would show BC Hydro my disappointment by choosing another supplier!
Why would we not try geothermal technology first when we know it will be less costly and save the destruction of the Peace River Valley and all that is dependent on it. Especially when BC Hydro has indicated this project is not absolutely necessary.

This is not a Canada that is looking to move to better, greener projects, how very disheartening.

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:40:14
Johnter Borg

Logging is to accommodate development not the other way around.

Keep this environmentally significant wetland in an undisturbed state.

RichmondBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:42:27
Holly Pender-Love

I have been concerned about the need for the Site C dam and the long term financial implications for the future of BC. Specifically today, the concern is about the bird habitat at Watson's Slough, considering that the federal government decided to take Christy Clark's advice on this development instead of the scientists, the First Nations and the residents of the immediate area.
the request is that logging of this site be delayed for some time, as the habitat is valuable for the birds, and the area will not be needed for the potential flooding for about seven years. Why the rush?

TrailBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:46:25
RichardLloyd

Save this important environmental site.

New WestminsterBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:48:04
DavidGranirer

SAVE WATSON'S SLOUGH FROM LOGGING!!!

There's no need to log Watson's slough now because the Site C dam construction won't start for another 7 years

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:49:39
John Rutherford

Such an embarrassment. So many have done so much to say "NO", but your going to go ahead and do it anyway. Like God is not watching?
Such short sightedness. Everyone just doing what they are told and what is best for themselves, not considering the big picture or future generations. Lost for words. It is late in the hour.

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1 Timothy 4:2

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Roman 14:12

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Revelation 22:12

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Revelation 11:18

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mark 8:36

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:53:12
MelanieThompson

PLESE PLEASE PLEASE don't do this, don't destroy our precious lands. Do not be so short sighted, you are responsible for keeping our world for future generations. This will destroy more than you can imagine, you know the ways everything is inter connected, you have no idea how this will destroy more than just the wetland. We don't want the dam, it is not necessary, and it is ill conceived.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:53:23
HeleneWalsh

This project will flood irreplaceable riparian habitat in the Peace Valley when already a large portion of the valley has been flooded. This is not sustainable development and should be stopped

SaywardBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:53:33
BarryMonaghan

Stop this dam once and for all, NOW!
We need the money for public transit and housing, which will create far more long term jobs.
We need the land for farming that feeds 1 million people per year.

You have no right to destroy it!

Cease and desist!

Invest the money in public transit and housing!

Shame on you all!

VancovuerBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:58:32
RozIsaac

I am writing to ask BC Hydro to delay clearing work in the Peace River Valley that will affect precious wetlands, and put even more flora and fauna at risk.

We have a duty to do the right thing NOW, for future generations.

Thank you for your consideration.

North VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:59:09
JulieJohnston

If you understood the climate change emergency like I understand the climate change emergency -- the food crises that it is already creating -- you would pack up the work on the Site C dam, go home and safeguard every square inch of food-growing land in this province.

And when it comes to Watson's Slough, unless YOU know 100% how to recreate a wetland once YOU destroy it, then why not leave it be? Wetlands house an incredible amount of the biodiversity that supports our species' presence on this precious -- and increasingly precarious -- planet.

Please, respect the precautionary principle and the principle of intergenerational equity. Stop wrecking the gifts of Nature that are going to give us our resilience in the face of climate chaos.

Pender IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:59:23
PeterThompson

the building of site C and the flooding of the area will produce massive amounts of carbon in the process. animals will be slaughtered and this beautiful land will be lost forever. hydro dams are technology of the 1800's. even using natural gas is preferable because at least when carbon capture becomes common place we will not have destroyed land. let's look to the future, not mired in old destructive solutions. STOP SITE C!!

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:59:42
MarianHargrove

I cannot express too strongly my opposition to Site C. The need for electricity in the foreseeable future has not been proven. First Nations land is being usurped without their consultation or permission. Farmland is being irrevocably lost. A valuable wetland (Watson's Slough) is being lost and the cost of this project is likely to burden the taxpayers of BC for generations.

Saltspring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 00:59:44
alberthaddad

I think that a short-term gain is short-sighted and not worth the damage that the long-term conservation.

Stop site C

concordOntario2017-02-06 01:02:02
WendyCook

Bc hydro needs to invest in alternate energy not destroy land that is important to generations yet to be born.

MissionBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:08:36
JanetHicks

I am totally opposed to the whole Site C Project - as being unnecessary, irresponsible, and a misguided, self-serving, criminal use of provincial power - against the interests of British Columbians.

I support the request by the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) asking BC Hydro to delay the clear-cutting of Watson's Slough since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away - if indeed it ever happens - hopefully not.

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:12:00
DebbieBartman

Site C Dam must be halted. It is not necessary and it is a disaster to the First Nations people. Terrible environmental impact. Stop this outrageous project now! The BC liberal government is making a big mistake.

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:12:55
JoanneOlafson

From my reading of provincial and federal government opinions and plans, and from those who oppose the Site C dam, it seems that it would be short-sighted and an unnecessary travesty to the people who live there and to all citizens of Canada, and to the environment, to build Site C dam.
Please reconsider the destruction of "a rare and significant wetland - Watson's Slough". It is particularly unique and valuable. It can't be replaced, and it can't be relocated, and we're losing too many wetlands.

EdmontonAlberta2017-02-06 01:13:45
DorothyField

The power is not needed. Christy Clark is trying to figure out where to sell it. My hydro rates will soar. BC Hydro may go bankrupt and be sold off in pieced to private interests.

THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY, SOME OF THE BEST FARMLAND IN BC, WILL BE FLOODED AND LOST FOR A DAM WE DON'T NEED.

THIS RIDES ROUGHSHOD OVER TREATY 8 OBLIGATIONS DESPITE PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU'S AND CHRISTY CLARK'S PROMISE OF RECONCILIATION.

This is the last untrammeled piece of the Peace River Valley, The Dam will poison the water with methylmercury, will destroy wildlife habitat, evict farmers who have been there for generations.

It is a fossil technology. We should be putting the huge sums it will take to build it into renewable sources.

It is in fact in service of the LNG industry which is another fossil industry. Site C will raise not lower our GHG.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:14:59
SarahFridriksson

Wetlands are a vital part of our environment not only do they provide habitat for numerous species of water foul and wildlife. they also are important for filtering and purifying and cycling water . please reconsider this poorly thought out and unnecessary plan to flood and destroy this prime wild life habitat, prime farmland.
Sarah Fridriksson

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:16:07
AriellaFalkowski

I am sorely disappointed in this government and BC Hydro for going ahead with the Site C Dam. It is a squandering of precious resources for no reason, as BC does not need the increased energy output.

While I am concerned on many levels about this project, I am particularly concerned about it because of the loss of agricultural lands that will ensue, and in a time when local food security (especially in the North) is becoming ever more important. Viable farmland is not something we should do away with lightly.

One thing, however, that greatly affects farmland and agriculture, in often times intangible ways, is the ecosystem services of the uncultivated areas that are around it. The wetlands, the forests, the wild places. These provide innumerable benefits in the form of pest control from birds, bats, and beneficial insects. In short, the biodiversity that such places - in particular wetlands - support, contribute to sustainable agriculture by creating a vibrant and diverse ecosystem outside of the farm. Given the state of the environment the world over these days, and the state of food security in Canada, this is a thing of great importance.

It is with this main concern in mind that I, a voter who lives much further south than the Peace River Valley, asks you to stop the clearing of Watson's Slough in the Peace River Valley.

I ask you to consider the importance of this rare wetland in mind, and hold off clearing it for now, as any proposed Site C construction is still many years away.

ComoxBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:16:28
KimMazik

The loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands.

BellevueIdaho2017-02-06 01:18:52
LIsaKendall

No, Hydro does not need to drain and damage more sensitive sites. Stop selling hydro to other countries at less than what Canadians pay and manage resources and supplies better.
Canadians are reducing use of electric and all we get is higher rates which is impacting Canadians to the point of in safe living, having to choose heat over food or meds.
Wet land and diverse regions are far more important than B.C. Hydro's profit which is already too high and in my opinion could be seen as gouging.

DuncanBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:23:01
Sierra Dakin Kuiper

Unnecessary, not worth the destruction of habitat and traditional hunting lands, please hear us!

LethbridgeAlberta2017-02-06 01:23:15
FionaOld

Dear Mr. Hogg and BC Hydro,

Please protect this very important wetland- Watson's Slough, and consider delaying the planned clearing which is very early.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Fiona Old
White Rock, BC

White RockBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:23:17
MarilynMcClelland

The whole Site C dam project is completely wrong on many levels. Not only does it misplace families who have farmed this area for decades but it wastes great farming land that is needed for food far more than power for polluting wasteful LNG plants.

First Nations have lovingly cared for this special land for time immemorial and this land is sacred to them for a number of reasons.

The beauty of this are has been enjoyed by many and should continue to do so instead of raping and pillaging it in the name of greed.

Watson's Slough NEED NOT BE LOGGED in any great hurry with the dam or any flooding many years away yet. To destroy this beautiful ecosystem of it's trees, wildlife, wetland creatures when quite unnecessary is extremely wasteful and heavy handed. Hold off on ruining this special area for as long as possible. If for some reason the dam is not built ANY logging will have been a huge mistake.

The USA are removing many dams to encourage salmon and to help ecosystems but BC seems determined and destined to destroy.

95% of British Columbians do NOT WANT this dam as they can see how wasteful and destructive and heartbreaking it is to lose all the benefits of the area the way it is in nature. BC Hydro does not care about the pain and suffering of the citizens of this province by continuing with this wasteful destructive project.

Please at least listen to us on this important issue and preserve Watson's Slough for as long as possible.

Thank you,

Fanny BayBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:25:52
BryceLeigh

Watson's Slough is a vitally important component of the Peace River Valley and as such should remain intact in perpetuity. Destroying Watson's Slough is just another example of how constructing the Site C dam will destroy the environment in the name of producing power that is not needed.

WhistlerBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:29:59
DougBeckett

Please listen to the advice being provided by Mark Phinney with respect to the importance of the Watson’s Slough as bird habitat. I went to university with Mark in the 1980's and was blown away then by his knowledge of birds and bird habitat. I can only imagine his knowledge now, after decades of additional experience and knowledge accumulation.

The destruction of this important bird habitat should be delayed until after BC Hydro has created 'replacement' wetlands that provide the same or improved quality rare habitat within short geographic distance from the existing wetland - and the bird use of that replacement habitat has been demonstrated to be the same or better than the site that is to be destroyed.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:34:03
Lona Semeniuk

Needless destruction of Class 1 agricultural land in a time when the world needs more food production, not less. Needless destruction of a valley and trees and wetlands that have long been protected. The power is not needed today and likely not ever. It is time to focus on renewable sources and stop destroying our land and waterways and the animals and people that live there.l

BurnabyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:36:50
MariaLauze

What a waste of money for a project that is unnecessary and highly destructive! Please stop destroying all that we need to live and be healthy. The protection of Watson's Slough is so imporant! I know that you don't care about bird populations, ecosystems and the people needing or benefiting from the slough, but you need to know that many people care. You need to know that what you're doing is wrong. You need to know that, as limited as my power is, I will do all that I can to protect my land, my people and our future generations. Please stop the destruction and the murderous greed that we have to pay for.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:38:13
NicoleGoffinet

I would like to see the dam project halted. There is not a clear and present need for additional hydroelectricity in BC and even if such a need were to develop I value environmentally sensitive areas, such as the Watson Slough, more than furnishing energy for wasteful consumers and industry. Further to this, given the ongoing impacts of climate change I believe it is foolish to flood agricultural land that will become increasingly valuable as current farms in the South are faced with more frequent droughts and other forms of extreme weather.

KitimatBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:38:48
MaryMagee

Anyone interested in the environment, food supplies in coming years, homes for the people and animals who already live there knows that Site C Dam is a crime.
For now, save Watson Slough from logging.
We have already devastated too much of BC and more mega-projects are in the plans of our government.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:40:25
HeatherLambert

The proposed Site C dam in British Columbia will result in the flooding of the Peace Valley land, which is prime land for the hunting, gathering, and cultural and religious activities and sites of the Dane-Zaa, Cree, and Métis peoples. Like many recent pipelines and other developments in Canada, these people were not consulted on the decision, which is a direct violation of their treaty rights. Not only that, but when they approached the court with their concerns, they were entirely ignored. As a Canadian who I presume sees multiculturalism and coexistence as values that contribute to our country’s strength, I believe that you should understand this process to be unreasonable and unfair.

Indigenous peoples’ rights to health, culture, and livelihood are protected in both Canadian and international law. All three of these rights are at risk with the construction of the Site C dam. At the very least, the province should have carefully examined other, less destructive alternatives. I call on you to examine both the law and your conscience and act on this issue before it is too late.

WaterlooOntario2017-02-06 01:44:02
CathyFortin

I am concerned about the level of destruction caused to a valuable agricultural, wildlife and ecological area in our province. The Peace River valley is so much more important as it is rather than a reservoir for hydro-electric power that we do not need. Please stop the destruction and re-think this whole meaningless project.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:44:46
AmyBrooks

Besides the obvious, the destruction of invaluable and irreplaceable ecosystems, I also feel strongly that the whole project is not just shortsighted, but in fact looks backward. We can find new ways to power the grid, but also we should be finding ways to be using our current power sources mor efficiently.

RichmondBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:45:51
RossMuirhead

Not in the best interests of BC now or future generations. Why did the Liberal government bypass the standard approval process (Utilities Commission) for large BC Hydro projects? Stop this project. Save Watson's Slough Now.

Roberts CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:46:32
Mr. RafeSunshine

Site C dam will destroy the wetlands for migrating birds, will destroy the agricultural lands that can increase BC food security and will drown the First Nation's cultural and natural heritage that they depend on for their native food supply and their ceremonies. Stop the Site C dam from being built because there are so many other infrastructure projects that could use the money and be useful for future generations of British Columbians.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:47:12
CarolynBateman

Did you know that Watson's Slough, which BC Hydo will apparently begin clearing very soon to build the unnecessary Site C dam, is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife? This is birding hotspot, and 129 bird species have been observed at the Slough to date.

The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular. Delaying destruction of this area would allow local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is destroyed.

BC Hydro may have plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

The Slough has served as a unique site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allow them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

I'm afraid I have images of hard-hearted BC Hydro officials rolling their eyes at this seemingly insignificant factor in the face of this "very important" project, but I believe there may come a time when we have to value this kind of quality over huge, money-making projects like Site C. I hope the planet lives to see that time.

SookeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:49:39
HaroldStirland

I am mighty concerned about the whole matter of the Site C Dam. It should never be built, for a whole host of reasons, and I have so stated many times to those involved. But deaf ears it seems.

Now we have the matter of Watson's slew being given a bit more time to exist as a significant wildlife area, for as long as possible before the flooding. I really hope that this can occur.

CourtenayBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:53:27
MickBryant

I think you guys are just a little premature in logging this wetland as a lot of people in BC are fighting for the fact of there being no Site C Dam

GibsonsBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:54:23
FranCochran

I support the Peace River Regional District and the Peace Valley Landowner Association in their request of BC Hydro to delay the death of Watson's Slough Wetland.

This dam should not be built at all but the rush to stamp this land with the power of the Premier's Office and BC Hydro well a head of time is all but sadistic. There should be more environmental and cultural respect and I hope that there will be a change of heart,soon.

Sincerely,
Fran Cochran

CourtenayBritish Columbia2017-02-06 01:54:56
FrancesRautenbach

I have so many concerns about disturbing the Peace River Valley.
With every fibre of my being I OBJECT.

For more than a decade i have I volunteered for, and served on the Board of, the Salt Spring Island Water Preservation Society; wetlands and watersheds are our concern, and my deepest interest.

My spirit soars with the birds for whom this is their traditional territory, in deep alliance with their needs, their rights, and our responsibilities to preserve and to protect - how can human beings invade, do damage, and seek to change - solely for their survival at the expense of those who share the Earth in peace. Sometimes I am sickened by my own kind. But sometimes I have hope, that there are amongst us so many who value nature as she is, and who are ready to defend the places the Earth has made far from the reach of the worst of us, where species made rare by our encroachment still thrive.

So I endorse the request of the PVLA and the PRRD, to curb BC Hydro's precipitate desires, by defending this precious wetland, Watson's Slough, and thus retain the benefit to the education of the local schoolchildren, so they will grow up more aware and caring for their environment by tailoring their needs to its continuance undisturbed.

In solemn hope, Frances Rautenbach

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:00:28
SusannahDay

I do not want the Peace River Valley flooded for hydro power we don't need. I am doing my best to reduce my use of resources and urge you to do whatever is necessary to prevent this needless degradation of the environment and of this beautiful land.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:02:51
Margo Massie

We don't need to destroy an extremely fertile part of our earth to build a dam that we don't need....agriculture over further abuse of Mother Earth

SidneyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:03:38
ThereseChatelain

To All in the privileged position of power to make the right decision about the future of Watson's Slough :

You already know all the information about this precious corner of our world and your province. I do not need to repeat it here.

i would however ask you to read the bookTHE GENIUS OF BIRDS by Jennifer Ackerman and inform yourselves of the intelligence, creativity and sublimely conscious living that grace our feathered friends.

The only thing they cannot do is speak for themselves. On their behalf, i ask that you protect their lives and habitat and step up to the plate of the role of stewardship that comes with your office and as human beings.

Thank you.
Therese

StratfordOntario2017-02-06 02:07:56
AnnaPaletta

The loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
* It’s a widely known as a birding hot spot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
* there have been 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
* The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
*The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
* Delaying destruction of this area would also allow the local bird life (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding. But ultimately, it would be criminal to flood this area.
* Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

* Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more

* The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

* Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
* The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allow them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

Yours sincerely,
Anna Paletta

Gabriola IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:15:32
AmyHarlib

STOP SITE C DAM! SAVE WATSON'S SLOUGH!

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

New YorkNew York2017-02-06 02:20:35
SandraHartline

Do not destroy the Peace River Valley' Watson Slough area, the habitat of many bird species and their young. Logging at this time is unnecessary because the SIte C Dam reservoir will not be filled for a number of years.

I endorse the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District in their request to consider delaying logging in this area, a rich ecological resource for children and the general public.

I would appreciate a written response to my letter.

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:39:17
LavonneGarnett

I find it unconscionable to consider flooding more land for power that we do not really need. Do Government representatives not represent the Land, the ecology, Mother Earth, as well? Is there no imagination within Government that can provide or support work that does not require an increase in the degradation of this planet? Perhaps, there is an intelligence within, but, one can suspect that lives are threatened when politicians make such deleterious decisions as flooding large tracts of land, fracking and poisoning water, ripping out forests, the lungs of our Earth. You guys have gone too far, already! Am I wasting my breath, again!?

Please do not respond with a manicured letter that shows no change in the status quo. I want to hear that our land will be protected!

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:40:50
LisaPaynter

The negative environmental impact far exceeds the actual need for another damn to generate energy BC residents don't even need! Technology is improving so quickly and products are becoming more energy efficient. Experts are saying British Columbia does not need the extra energy. I trusts the expert's opinions. No site C damn!

WestbankBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:44:01
courtneypowell

no brainer.leave the place alone...cristy clark and her fools should go to prison over ruining such an amazing place..wonder if she has even seen the beauty,,,,,,she and hydro make me sick,,

comoxBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:44:07
MaryMatheson

We don't need the dam.

We need the agricultural land.

We should protect the farmers and First Nations people who live on the site of the proposed land.

We should protect Watson's Slough. It is a national treasure`
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VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:44:18
KenBoon

There is no need to log Watson Slough or the surrounding forest land now. This is not needed for the proposed Hwy 29 realignment, or for river diversion in 2019. Due to the tremendous ecosystem service it does for the local environment, it should be spared until much closer to the flooding if that ever takes place in 2024. To log this now, especially before the provincial election and ongoing legal challenges is wrong.

FORT ST JOHNBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:49:14
MargritBayer

Are listed here, surely you are NOT intending such an important Wetland!!
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hot spot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local bird life (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:49:44
KenSoehn

What's the rush?

EdmontonAlberta2017-02-06 02:50:21
KristinaBeck

Dear Michelle Mungall,

Before I get into my reasons for wanting to appeal to you to help save the Peace River Valley from being dammed, let me say that I am so happy to have you as our representative in Victoria and that you bring tremendous integrity and value to our political system- so thank you.

As for this letter, I want to let you know how concerned I am about this proposed Site C Dam. I my opinion, there are just so many reasons for why we need to protect our natural resources. We (as a humanity) are part of a vast and intricate ecosystem, and anytime we destroy an area for our energy consumption habits, we ultimately risk destroying this planet. Humanity is on the cusp of so many brilliant technological breakthroughs that can serve us in our evolution to living in a wholesome balanced manner, that to focus our money and time on antiquated methods for generating power, seems short sighted and ultimately dangerous. If we get to a place where this planet is more and more over taxed by our energy demands, our survival and the survival of every living species on Earth will be threatened.

Why are we not at the forefront of figuring out how to really maximize our ability to capture the full potential of solar power (as just one example of forward innovative problem solving in this area) instead of flooding and irreparably damaging a vast and agriculturally rich area in our province? If food security keeps rising as an important (and even inevitable) issue- then we would be negligent as British Columbians not to look after such a rich resource that we are so fortunate to have, and I would argue responsible to take care of.

I have not even touched upon the many social and economic issues surrounding this issue that are relevant to the people living in the area, which is also of great concern.

I am asking you to please do everything in your power to influence decisions around this issue so that the Site C Dam project does not move forward.

Thank you for taking the time to read this
Sincerely,

Kristina Beck

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:50:36
ConnieGriffiths

This dam is not necessary, will be paid for by me - the taxpayer, will destroy valuable agricultural land in a province that is chronically short of agricultural land and will damage the Peace delta on Lake Athabasca.

At this time with the legitimacy of the Site C dam before the courts, it behoves the government to delay any further clearing and destruction of the river valley until this matter is settled. In particular, Watson's Slough which is a significant bird habitat should be spared destruction.

Canal FlatsBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:54:46
WayneWright

With no proof of need for years to come I see no need to have our environment ruined to please a Corrupt Premier and Office.
The land to be submerged will have a profound effect on our Agricultural Industry as reports state it could support a million people with vegetables and potatos.
Tyee and Desmog Canada have several articles of abuse of power and illicit activities of The Premier who sells herself to highest contributor to get their projects completed.
There is no one yet confirmed to buy the Electricity once complete only the Failure of an LNG industry that has not nor ever will materialize.
With a cost of $9 Billion dollars the Central Bank of Canada run by Rothschild will be glad to make a check with money out of thin air that our great grand children will never be able to pay with interest on loan keeping them as us in Perpetual Slavery!

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 02:59:31
KittyDunn

This distraction is so appalling on so many fronts I hardly know where to start. Beauty! Practicality! Environmentally! Costs to future generations both financially and agricultural and wild land resources tourists of which I am one, further betrayal of First Nations ....

CalgaryAlberta2017-02-06 03:01:47
RogerRichardson

It's only benefit is for corporate interests at the expense of everyone else.

OsoyoosBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:02:13
Doreen Dewell

The Site C dam is a huge mistake. We need the watershed, we need the farmland, we don't want hydroelectricity to power fossil fuel extraction. The Peace River Valley will help mitigate climate change impacts and provide much needed habitat for wildlife. British Columbians will end up paying much more for electricity and the cost of this megaproject could bankrupt BC!
Leave the Peace River Valley alone!

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:07:08
HannelorePinder

You know that many British Columbians do not agree with this mega dam, which will destroy some of our very best agricultural land. The case is still before the courts, so please delay the destruction of Watson's slough, which is a ecologically critical wetland, at least until the courts have spoken
Sincerely,
Hannelore Pinder

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:12:06
KimMcDonald

There is no reason to create this dam when they are more environmentally friendly ways to create energy.
Watson's Slough is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:18:21
kimwaite

Human beings intrude everywhere and there are some bird life there that are endangered. Leave some space for the creatures. The planet doesn't belong to people, it belongs to all of us, all creatures. People have made a big enough mess already. 🙁

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:19:12
TheresaWhite

The huge debt that the tax payers of BC will have to endure and the huge loss of viable agriculture land. Most importantly the loss of habitat for wildlife.

SmithersBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:20:24
sarahpaskins

Please stop logging America's forests that are imperative to our survival on Earth and that of all species that are dependent on the forest for life.

armstrongBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:22:34
DeniseGardiner

You well know that economically, biologically, socially and ethically, the building of site C dam is all wrong. We, the people, know that this is all done as a payback to all the donators who support a certain faction of politicians. It has nothing todo with NEED. The destruction of Watson's Slough at this present time is totally unnecessary at this time, way ahead of the need for another highway if ever one is needed. It is simply to show the people who are against the building of site C that the powers that be are totally in control. It is not an intelligent act. For all the world tourists who will visit the area during the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Alaska highway, it will be a mar on the province ofBritish Columbia. It would be the act of bullies in the government; bullies who don't really understand why they are bullying but who build each others' egos up because it gives them a sense of power over their opponents, real or imagined. I am suggesting that you do the intelligent thing and not put a smear on your already muddied reputation. A slough such as this is a natural occurrence that no act of mitigation by human beings can ever hope to reproduce. DO your homework and realize the importance the Peace Valley has in our world. And yours.

Moberly LakeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:23:13
PhyllisChavez

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Please defend this precious wetland. We are now a global community and this is an issue for all of us.
Thank you for reading my letter.

Santa Monica California2017-02-06 03:24:12
EddaLoomes

We have to preserve the wetland for the survival of the animals, plants and even ourselves. We can't drink oil.
Let us think about the future of the environment, not just about the monetary gains.
We can't eat money and once the land is ruined it is very hard to rejuvenate it again.

EdmontonAlberta2017-02-06 03:25:53
EileenCampbell

I spent 5 years surveying wetlands and forest areas in the Peace River and know how important Watson's Slough is for water birds and other wildlife. I am very upset that this area will be flooded for the Site C Dam., especially because I am not convinced it is necessary. Please reconsider your decision to clear this sensitive area and instead preserve it for our precious wildlife. There are so few areas in the Peace that are available for breeding for these species.
Thank you for your consideration,
Eileen Campbell

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:32:35
ElizabethKaller

Besides being unnecessary and expensive, the Site C dam is destructive.

You must know that building this dam disrespects First Nations, floods unique farmland, and erodes trust in government. Now, it has come to public attention that a significant wetland will be destroyed.

I urge you to put a halt to all dam construction. At the very least, please pause before destroying bird habitat in Watson's Slough .

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:36:56
FionaDevereaux

Hello

I am against site c and stand with the Indigenous communities rights to their land. We don't need this large project and we should be looking at other ways.

Please protect this space.

Thank you. Fiona

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:38:21
MaryBomford

My particular concern at the moment is the destruction of Watson Slough. Last week was World Wetlands Day. Even if Site C goes ahead, there is no need to clear this for at least 7 years.

Give the wildlife and especially the birds a chance to rear more broods. More than 100 kinds of birds have been recorded in this spot.

This is also an important place for local children to observe wildlife.

What's the rush! Give people and birds more time to enjoy this spot.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:43:29
EdithMacHattie

I am strongly opposed to the Site C dam project. It does not make economic sense. Please do not wreck this precious land.

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.

Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Port MoodyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:44:06
SharonCross

The pending loss of Watson's Slough would be significant and devastating.

Wetlands are being destroyed at an alarming rate globally. The cumulative effect is that we are losing many bird species rapidly. In the past 100 years 60% of the world's wetlands have been destroyed. 90% of Europe's wetlands are gone, while 90% of Malaysia's freshwater swamps have been drained for rice cultivation. The destruction of the wetlands will add to our increasing global temperatures, as trapped carbon is released from the wetlands.
(www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/global-knowledge/.../how.../wetlands/)

World Wildlife Fund states: The destruction of wetlands is a concern because they are some of the most productive habitats on the planet. They often support high concentrations of animals—including mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates—and serve as nurseries for many of these species.

Delaying destruction of Watson's Slough would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

Watson's Slough is a birding hot spot. Birds, such as the Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes. The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

The whole area to be flooded for Site C dam is an ecological and agricultural loss of significant magnitude. Surely Watson's Slough can be spared a few more years before being lost forever.

CranbrookBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:51:45
vickyhusband

The Peace River Valley is an extraordinary place, Watson's Slough is part of the precious wetlands ecosystem that exists there.

The Site C dam should be paused right now, this mad dash to get the dam past the point of no return is very stupid decision making and ignores the fact that there is no need for the dam. BC Hydro is paying private power producers to not produce power as the demand has been flat since 2005.

To threaten Watson's Slough and so many rare ecosystems right now is part of the Premier's mad dash to destroy as much of the Peace River Valley and expropriate residents and trample on First Nations rights and title before the May election.

It is time for the public to wake up and realize that this is just a Vanity Project that is not only going to hit our pocket books very severely, after the election, but it will also destroy one of the jewels of British Columbia, a rare irreplaceable jewel. It is literally going to cost us the earth and put BC Hydro and all British Columbians more seriously in debt and threaten many industries in BC that depend on hydro rates to continue at a lower price.

Time for all of us in BC and beyond to stand up for the Peace River and to stop this foolhardy dam that is of no benefit to BC. We will not be able to sell power from this rushed destructive dam at the price it is costing to build it. Why should taxpayers be subsidizing this destruction.

The time for action is now. Start with stopping the planned destruction of Watson's Slough right now. There is no rush to destroy this treasure and save the Peace River Valley.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:53:31
TheresaSlik

*loss of valuable farm land. Once it is destroyed we will never get it back.
*Watson's Slough is unique and needs to be protected.
*Hydro bill are to go up to pay for Site C when we don't need this dam! I don't mind paying for local food but not for this dam which is to support LNG
We need to move to more jobs in alternative energy sources. Solar jobs will produce lots of jobs where people could work at local jobs and be with their families.
*if business need to go through environmental review why does Site C and BC Hydro not have to follow environmental reviews.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 03:58:16
MikeGildersleeve

hold off on your plan to begin clearing a very special section of the Peace River Valley known as the Watson 's Slough considered by many as a rare and significant wetland.
I also wanted to express to you my many concerns about the decision to go ahead with Site C in the first place. As you know the Federal Provincial Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro had failed to demonstrate the need for this project. I was expecting that this project would have been sent over to the BCUC for review especially considering the terrible economics and that these are after all public funds.
The Joint Review Panel also concluded this project would have significant adverse environmental impacts and significant adverse impacts on First Nations traditional territories.
Treaty 8 First Nations have not given their consent and I believe we must respect the rights of Treaty 8. First Nations that are enshrined in our constitution.
I am very concerned about the devastation resulting from Site C and that we are witnessing the elimination of the last section of the very special and unique Peace River Valley.
Again I respectfully urge you to hold off on going into the Watson Slough this winter.
Sincerely
Mike Gildersleeve

MissionBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:00:18
MikeGildersleeve

hold off on your plan to begin clearing a very special section of the Peace River Valley known as the Watson 's Slough considered by many as a rare and significant wetland.
I also wanted to express to you my many concerns about the decision to go ahead with Site C in the first place. As you know the Federal Provincial Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro had failed to demonstrate the need for this project. I was expecting that this project would have been sent over to the BCUC for review especially considering the terrible economics and that these are after all public funds.
The Joint Review Panel also concluded this project would have significant adverse environmental impacts and significant adverse impacts on First Nations traditional territories.
Treaty 8 First Nations have not given their consent and I believe we must respect the rights of Treaty 8. First Nations that are enshrined in our constitution.
I am very concerned about the devastation resulting from Site C and that we are witnessing the elimination of the last section of the very special and unique Peace River Valley.
Again I respectfully urge you to hold off on going into the Watson Slough this winter.
Sincerely
Mike Gildersleeve

MissionBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:06:42
RuthWalmsley

I urge you to delay the clearing of Watson Slough in preparation for the filling of the Site C Dam reservoir. The need for this is at least 7 years away and this section of the Peace River Valley is a rare and significant wetland, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

BurnabyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:12:14
RAYMONDOKE

STOP THIS BEFORE YOU MUST TELL US ALL SORRY FOR THE MISTAKE WE MADE!!! DESTRUCTION OF THIS GLORIOUS AREA IS NOT PROGRESS AND NOT WHAT THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE WOULD WISH FOR THIS PLANET. DON'T BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THIS IS PROGRESS.

YOUR GRAND CHILDREN WILL THANK YOU

VANCOUVERBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:18:09
KathyMiller

I am concerned about destruction of an environmentally precious and rare area only for profit. There is no necessity for such destruction. If we need more energy look to more environmentally friendly kinds of energy. Put the money spent on the dam into research and installation of solar and wind energy instead. This country needs all the wetlands and areas of good agricultural land that we have. It is a crime to destroy such a productive wetland and in general such environmentally and agriculturally productive areas such as the Peace River valley should be preserved.

ParksvilleBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:23:52
Mary Jo Brinker

This is an environmental treasure. Why would anyone want to destroy it? Saving God's Creation is a Pro-Life issue. Man must be responsible for saving and protecting God's Creations.

Ellwood CityPennsylvania2017-02-06 04:28:12
CMJustice

I am complete opposition to this waste of money and destruction of the environment. I am quite disgusted by the efforts of the current administration and BC Hydro to push this boondoggle onto the citizens. Folks more articulate than I have documented enough reasons why this should not continue, in fact should never have been started. And then there is the land claims issues. Enough. Cut your losses Stop this mistake of further destruction of our precious environent.

Cobble HillBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:33:52
KatherineTalbot

To Whom Thi May Concern;

I am writing to you to ask that you delay the logging of the area for the Site C Dam project until the last possible moment. This will allow nature lovers and schools to continue to enjoy nature until the project is ready to commence.

Thank you,
Katherine Talbot

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:36:58
SusanWalp

We don't need the power, certainly not at the expense of ruining valuable land. The people of BC realize this; why does the government ignore it?

CranbrookBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:37:32
NomiLyonns

You know the reasons why BC Hydro wants to build the Site C damn ... and it's not for energy for us.

When will you stop being the corrupt individual who is raping the last vestiges of nature and sending us further towards species collapse and food scarcity?

While Trump is going crazy down south we are just as much to blame.

We MUST STOP THE INSANITY. Don't fulfill apocalyptic mentality.

PLEASE give your heads a shake.

Think of your kids.

Because you know...
is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:44:50
HeatherSapergia

At the moment, my concern is for Watson's Slough. I have visited it twice and both times, there was a perfusion of beautiful birds. I was delighted to see Coots with their babies. I would have been so excited to see a Virginia rail but didn't.

Please delay logging around the slough for as long as possible so that we can all enjoy its beauty and the wildlife. Let the birds raise as many broods as possible before destroying it.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:45:00
PhilipRatcliff

The loss of Watson's Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:49:46
VictoriaGoddwin

What kind of government fails to protect the northern lands of B.C. and its people? It is with sorrow and loss of credibility in the BC Liberal Government and the government of Justin Trudeau that I write to protest their decisions to approve the plans of B.C.Hydro to destroy the Peace River Valley. To build a dam that will only last about 90 to 100 years in these days of alternative sources of power is short-sighted and archaic. It is simply a tragedy.

Among other injustices, Site C means promises to First Nations broken once again, the farmers and their way of life on the rich land vanished, wildlife including endangered species drowned: all of them gone in a catastrophic man-made flood. That is horribly wrong.

To join in the ongoing defence for the Peace River Valley, I wholeheartedly support the preservation of Watson's Slough: it must not be logged or cleared.

Construction of the Site C dam must stop.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:55:02
LarryKazdan

The Site C dam should never have been approved. The joint federal-provincial review panel report concluded that this project would severely and permanently undermine Indigenous peoples’ use of the land; harm rare plants and other biodiversity; make fishing unsafe for at least a generation; and submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural and historical sites.

The assessment found that there wasn’t enough evidence to determine the need for the dam or its cost effectiveness and those alternatives had never been properly considered. The review recommended that the matter be referred to the BC Utilities Commission, something that the BC provincial government has refused to do.

Site C Dam construction must stop now!

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 04:59:58
JeannetteBolli

This is an important wetland in the Peace River Valley. Please do not log an area that has significant impact for local wildlife seven years ahead of this project.

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:01:45
RachelDarvill

I am concerned about the constuction of Site C and want it to stop. Please also halt clearing, which includes Watson Slough, which is significant for a number of reasons.

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species. Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years. The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.

Delaying destruction of this wetland would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland. Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes. Additionally, the wetland contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Please do not destory a rare ecological gem. Thank you.

GoldenBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:05:48
ElizabethHillman

Having lived in Dawson Creek for years it was easy to Love and enjoy the wonderful wetlands and valleys; the super people who had gardens on the valley floor; enjoying the bounties of all...it simply breaks my heart that anyone could think of flooding this area!! It was my pleasure to be an artist in the Peace Country...many trips brought wonders and delight to all and this should remain as pristine as possible for the young people of Canada and the world. We watched wildlife! We sat and sketched the Peace Valley. We loved the sky, the clean air, the wonderful company of artists who loved their surroundings; wonderful to visit and see many people from around the world amazed at the beauty of the Peace River Valley. Keep it that way!! Keep the Peace River Valley and area free and alive with all life. Please.
Thank you
Elizabeth Hillman
The very first manager of the unique Dawson Creek grain elevator/annex art gallery for the City of Dawson Creek and the South Peace Art Society

BowserBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:08:42
AliceMcGough

You can not create what God created our simulate the same Wetland.BC Hydro can NOT REPLACE WETLANDS !!! It is one of few prairie- pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitats for a wide variety range of wildlife, including several rare Bird species.

E FalmouthMassachusetts2017-02-06 05:10:40
CherylMacgregor

I have done my due diligence on this subject and I believe that the Site C Dam is not necessary. Also, the taxpayers of BC will be burdened for too long a time paying for this unnecessary project.

MervilleBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:12:19
NaomiFraser

I am concerned that Canada disregards the rights of indigenous people. I am concerned about how much money is wasted over a project so many people don't want and that this will be payed for for many years. I am concerned about the life of the land all the beings that live there and the imbalance projects like this create. A healthy land must be prioritized over profit. There has to be a better way.

Port AlberniBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:22:12
RegStonehouse

Site C is really not needed. Solar on every roof is a much wiser strategy for the future. Sensible leadership is needed here.

Powell RiverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:28:42
CharleneSimon

There is no need to destroy this home to birds and other animals now, as the flooding is not planned for 7 years. Give time to make other plans, allow life tgere to flourish as long as possible. Canada is our home ansd native land, and what you are proposing is disrespectful.

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:29:28
ElaineBecker

As a frequent eco-tourist, I want to see INTACT ecosystems! Please stop clearing pristine lands!

RoanokeVirginia2017-02-06 05:30:18
LindaTabb

The Site C dam is not needed with SOLAR and WIND power which is much less expensive than the dam would cost as well as not destroy the trees and Watson's Slough with its populations of over 120 species of birds some that can only be seen here.

Many birders would be devastated to not be able to visit the Site C area and the Watson's Slough. It is grand to visit your great country to see birds and animals that we cannot see in the areas where we live. We all would be elated to visit the whole ecosystem as we have visited before rather than some area picked out to be like this one.

It is difficult to make something look to be the same as what Mother Nature has done for our enjoyment of the area, the birds, and the wildlife in the area.

Please do not destroy what is so beautiful when there are other sources for power that would save money over the dam expense and save the Site C and Watson's Slough areas for generations to come. Thank You.

North HillsCalifornia2017-02-06 05:39:31
LucusMorgan

Hello,

We the people of BC do not want Site C Dam to be built. We need to

protect are last remanning wild life wetlands and nature. If you the

government really care what we the people of BC think put this to a vote;

and we will see what we the people of BC decide. We do not need mega

projects such as LNG Pipelines and Tankers. We need small

independent sustainable renewable projects that does not destroy the

land.

Thank you Lucus

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:40:42
AdrienneMontani

I am writing to endorse the request of the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District to BC Hydro to delay clearing Watson's Slough. I am opposed to the construction of the Site C Dam, as unnecessary, environmentally harmful and destructive of the rights of local First Nations. There is no need to rush to destroy this unique wetland now when it will be at least 7 years until the dam is to be completed and the reservoir filled.

This unique wetland serves as critical wildlife, especially bird, habitat. It must be preserved as long as possible.

Sincerely,

Adrienne Montani

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:43:32
RobertMurphy

Be on the right side of history.

TorontoOntario2017-02-06 05:50:26
GeraldineSchlichter

I would like to see Watson's Slough preserved. It is an important wetlands area.

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 05:59:27
StevenMetzger

There is no need to log the area around Watson's Slough now. In fact, the flood level will never reach this important wetlands, so it can be left permanently, even when the dam is built and the waters rise.

Please be reasonable. There is no justification for logging this area now.

Hudson's HopeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:10:23
DaveStaniforth

I'm opposed to the needless destruction of habitat caused by this project. This mega project is not needed, and the rush to destroy habitat to ensure there is no turning back is disgraceful.

Sincerely,
Dave Staniforth RPN

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:11:11
AnnKristoff

At some point the protection of the environment must supersede monetary or infrastructure needs. If we used a little bit of conservation awareness instead of using our resources as if they were endless, we could meet and exceed our needs without further harm to our environment. Let's use all of our intelligence, scientific accomplishments and REAL desire to find solutions before irrevocably destroying yet another necessary environmental resource.

TorontoYukon2017-02-06 06:11:52
EduardoUranga

your decision to build BC Hydro Site see is a decision that will hunt you for the rest of your life; many Canadians will hate you for as long as you live; are prepared for that? I will be one of them.

Stop this non-sense, the electricity produced will have no future.

CumberlandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:22:22
Douglas Brown

I am against the construction of the proposed site c dam and the destruction of Watson's Slough for these reasons:
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:28:55
Mary-AnnReid

We need to preserve every piece of this earth that we can. Otherwise, there will be no earth to live on--not for animals, not for birds, not for other species, and not for humans. Please have some foresight and wisdom.

Vernon British Columbia2017-02-06 06:36:14
barbaraeclement

You need to start keeping BC beautiful.
Stop giving our future away.

kelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:49:05
KathrynCholette

The crises of Climate Change, Bio-diversity loss, Overshoot, the state of the oceans, incredible social inequality, homelessness and the unaffordability of housing globally,all point to a system in extreme crisis.

And further, we face, in the near future, more and more floods, more and more droughts, and more and more severe incredibly expensive storms right here in Canada.

To deal with such problems, and to make things as good as we can for as long as we can, we need new approaches and we need leaders with the understanding, strength and skill to take our economy in new directions.

The Site C dam, is a 20th century approach that is inadequate for the 21st century.

We need 21st century infrastructure and we need a 21st century economy that is not based on using up nature and putting nature at risk - nature supports the life support system of the planet and must no longer be used as a resource base to sell off in order to maintain an failing economy.

We need to leave the planet to the future generations. And we can not do this if we continue to focus on wealth creation and job creation with no real meaning other than to give people work. The historical and present focus on wealth creation is bringing our world to its knees, and it seems that our leaders are the last to realize this reality.

People please forget the present economic process, and instead find new ways to meet people's needs. We can not keep on selling resources and then mining etc. to sell more and more recourses. Where do you imagine it all ending??

It is cowardly, unethical and dangerous to go ahead with the Site C Dam.

Kathryn Cholette
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VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:51:15
JoanJames

I am concerned that Watson Slough is being logged years before is it actually necessary for the flooding at Site C dam. The many rare and unusual birds depend on this area for breeding. It is also a great tourist attraction.

Please listen to the Peace Valely Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District and delay the clearing of this important area.

CourtenayBritish Columbia2017-02-06 06:54:13
JoanWarren

Please delay the logging of the Watson's Slough area for several years to provide sufficient time for local groups to ensure that the wetlands and wildlife are properly protected.

Thank you

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 07:00:16
SusanDraper

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

For all these reasons, i urge you to do everything you can to protect Watson Slough.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 07:14:06
LlynConder

These areas are our planet's air and water refineries. Site C is also a huge reserve of potential farmland that can ensure national food security in precarious political and climatic times. BC can be a global demonstration site and a monument to the exercise of real political power. Make BC a world leader in maximizing the refining power of wetlands in tandem with innovative farming. TV

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 07:42:13
AllanBooyjzsen

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney, the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:
• It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
• It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
• e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
• The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
• The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
• Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
• Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
• Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
• Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
• The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
• The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

MishawakaIndiana2017-02-06 08:07:27
TamaraHenry

It breaks my heart to see the destruction that has already been wrought in the construction of the absolutely unecessary Site C dam.

History will judge you for your flagrant disregard for the planet. How can you not see that we all rely on functioning ecosystems as our life support system?

You're short-sightnedness and greed is astounding.

Yours in zero hope that anything will change before it's too late, Tamara Henry

Meadow CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-06 08:31:03
ValerieWright

In this day and age this dam should not be built. Treaty 8 peoples have treaty rights to this area to trap hunt and fish. When dams are built fish are not edible for at least 30years or more due to Mercury. We know this from the dams built in Quebec. Treaty 8 already has had to put up with 2 dams on the river. Chief Roland Wilson of West Moberly F.N. said "We have never said no to the production of energy. We've said lets protect the valley it's the last piece of our backyard that is relatively untouched." Wet lands are important and what is the rush to destroy this piece of wet land now? Is this part of Chrissy Clarks agenda to cause as much damage to the environment as possible and push the construction "past the point of no return" before the election on May2017 While there are still outstanding appeals construction should be halted. Amnesty International recommended that there should be a halt but it seemed no one listened. Obviously treaty rights are not important to the provincial Liberals or the Federal Liberals. This dam is not going to benefit anyone except the contractors and friends of the Government. Our hydro rates will double when we are left to pay for this dam. We do not need the power and this is certainly not a green project. It is unnecessary destruction of the environment and peoples homes and good farm land. With uncertain trade conditions south of the border we need to be more self sufficient by growing more vegetables. This is good fertile land that should not be wasted by flooding.

TerraceBritish Columbia2017-02-06 08:39:19
BrendaRobinson

We need trees and we need wetlands.

The Watson's Slough is a rare and significant wetland.

It is important to the environment.

Come back in 7 years!

When we can re-discuss the situation.

Thank you.

TorontoOntario2017-02-06 10:38:33
DominiqueAnfossi

Should we lay waste to the land, just because we waste more energy with every passing year? I think not.

When I grew up, we learned the three Rs: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE... so far we have failed on two out of three. We can reduce our electricity needs; we can reduce our footprint on this planet; we can reuse the heat that flushes down the drain, or rises up industrial chimney stacks. We can do so many things other than Site C.

Will you be the one who says we can't? Or the one who says we can?

What is destroyed can never be replaced. That goes for the Land and the heart of the People of Canada. Please think about it.

best regards.

GatineauQuebec2017-02-06 10:50:07
LynnShepherd

Site C dam construction is an unnecessary mega project that will cost BC Hydro customers significant increases in power costs for hydroelectricity generation that is not needed in the foreseeable future. It will inundate valuable agricultural land that BC should be protecting, not destroying, in order to gain food security for its citizens. It will not always be feasible to import as much food as BC now does and class A land will become extremely valuable for food production.

The fracking and LNG activities taking place in NE BC and envisioned for expansion are not going to provide nearly as much benefit for the BC economy as proponents would like to think. By the time significant progress is made in getting oil and LNG to market at huge expense and environmental degradation, the rest of the world will have moved a preponderance of its energy uses to alternative forms that are cheaper and more easily obtainable.

Save the Peace River lands for its forestry, agriculture, carbon sink, wildlife and ecotourism values. Since filling of the reservoir is at least 7 years off and even then perhaps not assured, logging Watson's Slough is wholly unnecessary at this time.

Why not turn to geothermal energy in order to put NE British Columbians to work.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 11:01:19
DawnOdonnell

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

GreenfieldNew York2017-02-06 11:27:27
MICHAELCARPENTER

WE DO NOT NEED LOGGING HERE WE NEED NATURE TO HAVE A PLACE OF PEACE.

FISH CREEKWisconsin2017-02-06 11:57:59
JudyHowsam

Please do not destroy vital habitat for birds!

SaskatoonSaskatchewan2017-02-06 12:46:05
KeithMayo

Dear Justin,

Please stop building more power generation. We need to consume LESS, not MORE. This is short-sighted and wasteful management of the natural bounty of our country.

Mr. Trudeau and all our public representatives, you need to have the backbone and courage to do what is RIGHT.

Stop this type of insanity. I want my representatives to show COURAGE, not political expediency. I'm a staunch SUPPORTER, Justin. If you discourage people like me, you won't have a chance... and you will have destroyed the last vestiges of hope left... all turned into cynics about anyone who runs for office.

BE DIFFERENT LIKE YOU PROMISED! Call me if you want.

Sincerely,
Keith Mayo
cell: (905) 601 7282

OrangevilleOntario2017-02-06 13:06:10
Wu Joong

No Dams! Forever, Your Devastation at Ecosystem and River is Pollution, Coal Emission,and Severe Damage for the Life to Valley. Sincerely Wu Joong.

VeronaTennessee2017-02-06 13:19:54
GloriaPicchetti

Site C project is significant because:
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

ChicagoIllinois2017-02-06 13:50:59
ElaineHughes

1. It's NOT needed

2. It will destroy ancestral lands, farmlands, human lives and livelihoods

3. It will destroy wildlife habitat

4. Once this beautiful valley is destroyed, it's gone forever. What gives you the right?

. . . . ALL of it - UNNECESSARY!

ARCHERWILLSaskatchewan2017-02-06 13:55:31
BertWakefield

Its not needed, it will destroy valuable land and will cause hardship to many.

Meadow LakeSaskatchewan2017-02-06 14:00:19
AndreaLaver

The Peace River Valley is an important ecological resource. The Site C dam threatens the rare wildlife and plantlife of this region. It is an especially important site for hundreds of birds, including many rare species such as the Yellow Rail, Nelson's Sparrow and Horned Grebe. Watson's Slough is key to birds' migration, nesting, feeding and cannot be easily recreated through man-made replacements. The Site C dam would not only destroy this precious habitat -- which itself is valuable -- but would destroy an opportunity for the region's future generations to learn about and cherish Canada's natural landscapes.

The Peace Valley Landowner Association and Peace River Regional District have both asked for delays to this project, so that the BC and Federal governments may consider less environmentally-destructive projects to meet the energy needs of the region.

TorontoOntario2017-02-06 14:10:26
KarenQuaritius

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:
• It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
• It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
• e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
• The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
• The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
• Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
• Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
• Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
• Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
• The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
• The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

Green Cove SpringsFlorida2017-02-06 14:21:11
bobjohnson

No more dams..please

MervilleBritish Columbia2017-02-06 14:26:50
HenryBerkowitz

How long will we continue to destroy pieces of our planet for energy that can come from sources that don't have such a destructive effect? A healthy planet is one that functions as it was meant to, not as we decided would be better. There are far less disruptive ways to produce the energy we need, and it time to move to them as we realize that the old ways are not the best ways. If you cannot recreate what you destroy, then perhaps not destroying it would be the wiser choice.

SabinsvillePennsylvania2017-02-06 14:58:45
RobertHunter

Please stop the destruction of Watson's Slough. This area is an important part of the habitat of many species of bird, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. As the Site C reservoir is not to be filled for 7 years, if completed, this important wetland can remain and contribute to the hundreds os species that depend on it for their survival. The songbirds of the world are undergoing serious declines in the populations of most species and in the number of species. Loss of habitat remains the major cause. Please delay the destruction of this significant wetland!

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:06:44
SharonHarwood

We need wetlands now more then ever as well as land that
will provide food for the wildlife as well as humanes.

There are more reasons to provide energy that will not impact
everyone and everything and move forward with technology .

LamableOntario2017-02-06 15:08:15
CrystalLaboucane

Hi,

There is no need to log Watson's slough, atm. Don't we have a some sense?

It can wait. We will loose enough in the end.

Crystal Laboucane
Taxpaper.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:08:21
aser

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!Last Thursday was World Wetlands Day and ironically, BC Hydro planned to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland – Watson’s Slough.

Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to consider delaying since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.

waynePennsylvania2017-02-06 15:12:04
aser

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

paoliPennsylvania2017-02-06 15:14:15
BruceBatchelor

I endorse the preservation of Watson's Slough. There is no technical or logistical reason to kill this area off this year.

LangleyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:15:55
AudreyHystad

The ecological and social cost of this project is too high. It has been demonstrated on multiple platforms that the financial budget is more effectively spent on developing alternative sources of energy, and sustainable development plans that will reduce energy consumption in our communities. Thank you for choosing what is truly the best interest of the public in this matter.

KELOWNABritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:17:00
KristinWalsh

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

South NyackNew York2017-02-06 15:18:02
SarahDobell

I am concerned about the loss of natural bird habitat and the destruction of an area that provides educational opportunities for children.
The beauty ofthe valley would be lostforever with the construction of Site C dam. We must be more responsible and not so short sighted.

WhitehorseYukon2017-02-06 15:18:11
StephenAikenhead

It is time to put the breaks on the destruction going on at the Peace Valley Site C Dam site !! especially around Watson's Slough ~NOW !!

Salmon ArmBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:29:17
JenniferMacArthur

I wish to add my name to the growing list of British Columbians who so not want work on the Site C dam to proceed. Please take seriously the concerns of those who know this area well.

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:29:39
JenniferStrohschein

Please respect the pleas of the PVLA and the PRRD regarding preservation of the Watson's Slough, a rare and valuable wildlife corridor/wetland that cannot be replaced or reproduced.

If the power from Site C is not actually needed, and the costs will be prohibitive both financially and environmentally, I would add my plea to reconsider going forward with this tremendously destructive means of energy production.

Thank you.

Victoria BCBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:29:49
sharonhawke

I wish to voice my opposition to the logging of Watson's Slough. It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America. When we destroy an area rich in habitat for certtain species there are consequences, and not all species can adapt. This is not good stewardship of our land and resources.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
In the final analysis, please rethink this whole Site C project.
There are so many alternatives to generate power for this province.
It is rather like biting off your nose to spite your face. We will be loosing much too much by creating this Dam, and the benefit if=s for a few jobs. Can we not creat those jobs in the solar energy field?
The sun is doing a great job of giving us energy. It just takes some leadership on the part of the governmnet of this country to steer us on the right track. Spending money is never popular, but pklease if we spend lets ensure we use even these resources wisely.

salt spring islandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:37:13
ShirleyKosiancic

There is little use in trying to dissuade BC Hydro and they will just force people to do what they want as they did in the Arrow Lakes Valleys . Please check out what they did, like forcing people off their land for little compensation, ruining a fertile valley that produced and shipped substantial amounts of fruits even then, totally eliminated a life style in that era.
I do, however plead with the Government of BC and of Canada and yes our Prime Minister to really look at what is happening here. The beautiful Peace Valley will be forever changed and people and animals will not be the beneficiaries of this change. Hydro will.
Please stop this if you still can.
Shirley

NakuspBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:37:44
SarahValentine

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

PembertonBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:39:19
Sylvia Obrig

- major destruction of ecosystem for birds, fish, animals, humans who depend on fresh, uncontaminated water for life in that extremely large valley basin.
- the dam is not needed for an energy source
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SaskatoonSaskatchewan2017-02-06 15:43:58
ElizabethWoods

Site C is unnecessary and will destroy both wertlands and other lands that will become increasingly precious as climate change advances. It is wicked to continue to build a dam that will do far more harm than good.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:53:21
KarenThomas

In this day and age, with more technology and knowledge than ever, I am astounded and ashamed that we continue to treat this planet like it is a disposable commodity.

If I had the choice, I would boycott BC Hydro for its shameful and unnecessary abuse of one of BC's most valuable agricultural and environmental regions. We point fingers at other countries for their lack of concern and action to address global warming, but we have no right. British Columbia and Canada are just as irresponsible.

Please listen to the PVLA, PRRD and all the other concerned groups and citizens, and stop this unnecessary project. I endorse the PVLA's and PRRD's request to, at the very least, defend Watson's Slough. Please LISTEN!

Sincerely,
Karen Thomas
Surrey, BC

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 15:59:48
MichelleSigner

Wildlife

BanffAlberta2017-02-06 16:03:17
LarsThomsen

We don't need this.
We need farmland.
We need wetlands.
We need this valley

ColwoodBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:05:43
MelissaScaman

Hello
I am concerned about the location of the Site C Dam project, as it is located in an area that is of significant value, and needs to be preserved. There are several wetlands and other eco systems that are very important to the health of the area and people. The dam's power is also not necessary.

The ecosystems in the Site C Dam area cannot be replaced and the dam would destroy priceless habitat and water systems we need.

EdmontonAlberta2017-02-06 16:10:20
CarolNash

Destroying our planet bit by bit in the name of progress is a non

reversible mistake. Please do not add to the destruction of our

planet with this Site C dam.

Greed and self service has always won in the past. Please stop

the trend!

Sincerely,
Carol Nash

LangleyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:14:41
BertReynolds

Sad that BC would go against the review panel when better alternatives exist for power that the government will now give away at the expense of residents instead of seeing LNG paying their fair share. Living downstream in Alberta, and horrified of what is happening to this pristine valley

FairviewAlberta2017-02-06 16:20:16
SteveBereska

WE already have rising hydro costs. This damm will not profit people living in BC, it will only increase our already massive debt. We are going to flood farm land to produce cheap power industry, sell it at a loss and somehow this is supposed to be good for the province. In an era where the rest of the world is taking damns down, we are looking at building a massive one at a huge cost in an area where it is not even needed for the power generation. Not to mention the destruction of sacred first Nations land and sites. If the current government could actually produce data and proof that this project is absolutely necessary for BC to prosper that may make sense to go ahead with the project. But up to this point that has not happened, in fact BC HYDRO has claimed the opposite.

Please consider the massive debt this project will leave our future generations, and also the costs that we will carry today.

In an era of drought and food production concerns, can we as a country, let alone a province afford to destroy all this precious farm land?

VernonBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:20:52
Mary JaneCollins

I support Watson's slough being left untouched at present. The slough is important for education and preservation. Let's come up with a plan to preserve it in the short term allowing children, adults and wildlife to continue to reap the benefits.

I appeal to you to do all that you can, for as long as possible, towards preservation of this wetland.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:24:14
JerryMcFetridge

Habitat destruction, loss or damage are the major reasons that wildlife numbers worldwide are down by 58% since 1970 according to studies published by the World Wildlife fund. Site C will destroy unique wetlands that are a diminishing habitat in BC and throughout the world. The Watson Slough is a small but significant wetland that may have one of the largest populations of the "red-listed" Yellow Rail in BC. Watson Slough also has breeding Trumpeter Swans. These birds and their habitat have protection under the Species at Risk Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Man made "replacement wetlands" will not replace these unique and complex wetlands. These species require conditions that have evolved over many millennia and their habitat will not be recreated over a few months of construction or even after a few years of establishment. These species and their habitats in BC will be further depleted. We cannot afford to keep doing this. BC will no longer be "Supernatural".

QuesnelBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:25:53
ENichol

I am deeply worried about the loss of land for this giant and unnecessary project. The demand for power is not increasing in BC and this costly project not only destroys the land, and then passes the financial cost on to us, who are fighting it.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:33:17
GrahamLettner

Dear BC Hydro, and federal and provincial representatives,

It is clear to many of us that the Site C dam is utter folly: a large reservoir dam during a oncoming period of climate instability means that rainfall can't be counted on to operate the dam at reliable levels; the habitat destruction is exactly the opposite of what is needed in the fight against climate change; and the undemocratic natural of its approval is specifically what citizens are fighting against in our work to regain control over our destinies as Canadians.

Reconsider the path you are taking us down; the opportunity for change continually exists. Stop the Site C project and focus our efforts on bettering our lives by reducing our demands on the natural world while increasing our appreciation for it—in particular, beautiful habitats such as those of the Peace River.

Very best wishes,

Graham Lettner
Black Diamond, AB
longtime former resident of Fairview, AB, mere kilometres north of the Peace River

Black DiamondAlberta2017-02-06 16:35:14
marilynnsmith

LEAVE WHAT LITTLE WE HAVE LEFT ALONE!
YOU ARE RUINING OUR WORLD.

BROOKSVILLEFlorida2017-02-06 16:48:14
KrissBoggild

Unproven "need" for this dam. Loss of important wetlands and the best arable land in northern BC.

Vancouver British Columbia2017-02-06 16:50:45
JackSurinak

It would be utter stupidity to do any clearing of the WATSON SLOUGH at this time. Hydro should wait at least until after the next election. They seem to be making a statement about the clearing of the slough that it has to be done now but we all know it is just another bullying tactic that Hydro is famous for. My son Chris is a photographer and has spent many days there photographing moose elk deer swans and many types of nesting water fowl and they are fantastic photos. The slough is located in a main migratory path for elk, moose, and deer. So the bottom line is that the Watson Slough should not be touched until it is absolutely necessary to clear if ever. I normally don't make many comments about Site C but to even mention touching the Watson Slough at this time is a very disrespectful thing for Hydro say or do.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:51:26
AdrianaSpighi

My concerns have been mentioned repeatedly. I shall not bore you by re uttering yet again. We do not NEED more energy we need more environmental protection

SandspitBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:53:28
jenniferDyck

The Canadians do not want or need the electricity from site c dam !! Your oil sands want it at below cost price and bc tax payor subsidizes alberta tar

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 16:57:57
WilliamLanglands

Site C dam is an unnecessary environmental disaster. We need the farmland, we need the wetlands, we should honour and respect the many historical cultural sites, and let's not forget the prior claims, that this land does not belong to us.

Powell RiverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:03:01
TrinaRowles

I would like Watson's Slough protected because;

• It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
• It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
• e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
• The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
• The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
• Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
• Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and wildlife that will be affected:

•Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
•Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
•The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

vancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:12:25
PeggyWatkins

My concerns about Site C dam Include the destruction of Watson’s Slough. It is a rare and significant wetland with many birds and other wildlife that should be protected. The Slough has also served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. No man-made wetlands can truly replace these important eco-systems. Please stop the logging in this area and save the wetland.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:18:46
LukeKeller

My concerns are that Ecosystems aren't being preserved and that steps are being made without for thought.
The long term effects of moves like this are blinded by immediate profits and without understanding of the changes coming in the near future with energy generation.
Wetlands are home to millions of organisms that haven't even been studied and haven't been discovered. We shouldn't be allowed to destroy something with understanding it.
First world nations have a history of acting like this, even to man kind, ie; colonization , the crusades, etc.
We have apparently grown past racism, bigotry, and the like, why wouldn't we pay the environment and in turn ourselves the same courtesy .

AirdrieAlberta2017-02-06 17:23:17
VernaStone

I have written many letters on this issue. This dam will flood First Nations' land, an important wildlife corridor, and class one farmland. The power that will be generated by this very expensive mega project is not needed. In addition, the important wetlands of the Watson Slough will be flooded. This project will saddle future generations with debt, and higher hydro costs. The money for this project would be better spent on conserving hydro consumption (making homes more energy efficient), and public transit. I am very upset that the federal government has remained silent and unresponsive on this very important issue. I feel the democratic process in approving such projects (involving input from the BC Utilities Commission) was sadly lacking. All the concerns expressed by First Nations and the farmers in the area have been falling on deaf ears. It is so disheartening to see such behaviour, especially when the current Prime Minister promised there would be real change in his dealings with First Nations. It is not too late to stop this destructive and unnecessary dam. Do the right thing. Save the Peace River Vally. Save farmland. Save valuable wildlife habitat. Save sacred First Nations' burial sites and hunting grounds.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:31:35
VirginiaSmith

You people are just not going to be happy until you destroy every inch of British Columbia, are you?

Stop Site C!

SummerlandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:38:34
KatrinaMadsen

Stop destroying our wetlands!
We know this is not the right thing to do!
These practices area archaic in 2017. We are loosing birds quickly and need to preserve wetlands for the future.
We can not recreate a natural wilderness Watson's Slough can not be replaced.
I am so angry at the dinosaur mentality I say no to big projects like site C and yes to wilderness. We need to have new ways of doing things and obtaining energy. Don't waste my tax dollars on this destruction of nature

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:39:26
KathrynManry

I am writing about the clearing of Watson's Slough. We know the signifacance of wetlands within ecosystems and this move is disasterous. BCHydro is getting ahead of itself on this project. By doing hugely destrictive things early in the project, do you think that it will ensure your likelihood of finishing it? By trashing the area do you think that you will reduce objection to the completion of the project? Opposition to the dam will continue and demonstration of total disregard for ecological sensitivity and intentionally maximizing negative impact will only increase that opposition. This is a confrontational, irresponsible act.

Heriot BayBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:41:46
ClairePreston

We now have the technology to generate power without destroying kilometers of human and animal habitate. Do not build Site C and do not clear this wetland. Solar and wind energy create jobs too.

BurnabyBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:42:35
RhiannonWallace

The Site C dam project is environmentally and socially irresponsible, as well as being unnecessary for our power needs in this province. Wetlands are known to be extremely important for environmental conservation, and Watson's Slough in particular is an important habitat for many species. It is also an important site for people to visit to learn about and enjoy the natural world. Please protect Watson's Slough and the species that live there!

CoquitlamBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:47:17
MeghanTodd

Please don't destroy the Earth for more profits. There is enough hydro already.

Toronto Ontario2017-02-06 17:48:55
OnniMilne

I say STOP to bullying by BC Hydro and Christy Clark in regards to construction of the unnecessary and destructive Site C dam. I send this message to say STOP to current BC Hydro actions to destroy a significant wetland, Watson's Slough, as dam construction proceeds.

Super Natural BC offers BC citizens and the world opportunities to explore unique locations like Watson's Slough, well known as a birding hot spot. It is listed as such on the e-Bird website which shows 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date. I call that notable and indicates why the Slough is worth saving for future generations.

Although BC Hydro plans to create replacement wetlands elsewhere, they rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Birds know the real thing when they experience it.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough include:

1. Yellow Rail, a red-listed ‘species of concern’
2. Nelson’s Sparrow
3. Le Conte’s Sparrow
4. Horned Grebe
5. Breeding Trumpeter Swans
6. Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
7. The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland
8, Several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems

First Nations of the area, BC's original land owners, made it clear they do not approve this project. What does 'reconciliation' mean when their title rights continue to be ignored in 2017.

BC deserves to be governed on behalf of its citizens, not for corporate profits. 2017 is a good time to ensure it happens here.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 17:52:03
MaxineMease

STOP THIS DAM, IT IS NOT WANTED IN OUR AREA. I AM A NOT FOR PROFIT OUTREACH WORKER AND I HAVE LOW INCOME CLIENTS THAT CANNOT PAY THIER HYDRO BILLS, OR KEEP DECENT FOOD FOR THEIR FAMILIES ON THE TABLE. THEY KEEP RAISING THE RATES. SIT IN DARK AND EAT OR HAVE LIGHTS AND GO HUNGRY. IT'S FINE FOR THE RICH POLITICIANS TO PAY YOUR BILLS AND SHOP IN YOUR GROCERY STORES. OUR STORES ARE THE VERY PLACE YOU WANT TO TRAMPLE ON. THE TREATY RIGHTS OF THE FIRST PEOPLE IN CANADA HAVE BEEN IGNORED FAR TOO LONG. THE PROMISES MADE WITH TREATIES HAVE BEEN, LONG FORGOTTEN BY THE POLITICIANS. BUT NOT THE FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE "WE REMEMBER". WHERE IS THE PROMISES MADE JUSTIN TRUDEAU? WE ARE BUILDING THIS DAM ON THE BACKS OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!! WE DO NOT NEED THIS DAM JESSICA MCDONALD, BOB ZIMMER, CHRISTY CLARK, JUSTIN TRUDEAU. (PISSED IN FORT ST. JOHN) ELECTION IS COMING CHRISTY!!!

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 18:06:58
WAINERYZAK

SAVE WATSON'S SLOUGH, BC HYDRO. IT IS A PRECIOUS WETLAND.

victoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 18:19:16
Salome Waters

I do NOT want the Site C dam to be developed.

Not only is it not necessary since we a;ready have enough power for B.C. and we are selling surplus power to the U.S., but the dam will flood productive farmland and First Nation traditional and sacred lands.

In addition, flooding of the forests will produce methyl mercury and will poison the waters. This will damage fish and wildlife and will also poison the waters taken for communities along the river.

This country, province, and the utility have NO RIGHT to damage the environment, damage the water supply, flood the farmland and destroy First Nation land.

How can you be so short-sighted?

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 18:25:01
KellyLoewen

Please consider delaying the clearing of the Watson's Slough area.

This is so important because the area could be used by birds and animals for 7 more years before flooding and it's unnecessary to clear it now, early.

Watson's Slough is an important habitat and even a few extra years would help to bolster the populations of birds that use this area.

Clearing this area early just indicates how little BC Hydro cares about bird habitat. Replacement habitats are NOT sufficient and could never fully replace natural habitat. Besides that, shouldn't BC Hydro complete the replacement habitat BEFORE clearing the habitat that needs to be replaced? It's common sense.

Thank you for listening to my comments and I hope that you consider my request.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 18:34:07
KirstenLear

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

Santa FeNew Mexico2017-02-06 18:39:38
SusannEasson

Please protect this rare wetland Watson's Slough. It is not necessary to clear this area now for a project several years away.
This provides habitat for wildlife and several rare bird species.
Thank you.

Stoney CreekOntario2017-02-06 18:57:47
KirstenPedersen

The fact that premier Christy Clark conveniently side-stepped a crucial part of approving any major project by not having the BCUC review Site C's impact on BC residents and the environment, goes to show how corrupt the government is. Site C is purely an ego-driven project that has absolutely no benefit to BC in the long run. If Site C is so wonderful, then why is it going to be the last major dam built in Canada? Protecting the Peace River Valley and vying for less destructive ways of sourcing energy is what should be happening. This is the 21st century, hydro dams are outdated (1960). Site C is not, and never will be "clean energy". Seriously take the time to consider what kind of future you are leaving for BC; it would be sad if we ended up like Muskrat Falls.

Thank you for you time.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:01:52
Jennier Little

We have more to lose than gain from this project. Please stop it.

Let me re-iterate what has been said and re-said but seems to be ignored in the race for votes:

1. There is no demand for electricity in BC;
2. Even if there was a sudden spike - we still have the Columbia River Treaty - with its approx. 1,300 megawatts of capacity - BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.
3. The sale to Alberta story: we could never complete with Alberta's Enmax price to them! We all know this! Either that or se sell our resource at prices lower than its cost - not a very good business option.
4. Sale to the US story: we would be selling it at prices lower than what it has cost us to produce - so again, not a sensible business option.

I am a Liberal and have supported the BC Liberal platform even if I have had to hold my nose on some of its agenda - but will NOT support the Liberals if it persists in this initiative.

RichmondBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:08:18
mariannafiocco

My vote counts and I vote EVERY election. This project is bad for the environment and you know it.

victoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:10:26
DaphneHarwood

The destruction of our furthest north farming land is very short-sighted! Never mind the issues of taking loss of natural habitat for a whole slew of creatures.

I strongly oppose the Site C Dam project.

Daphne Harwood

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:12:21
MEL BURKHOLDER

BC HYDRO SAVE WATSON'S SLOUGH UNTIL AFTER THE MAY PROVINCIAL ELECTION. BECAUSE I AM VOTING NDP.

VICTORIABritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:14:50
BobAlexander

The dam itself appears to be currently unneeded AND still under major attacks and proceedures to cancel it.

Destroying wild, beautiful and non replaceable areas YEARS ahead of the (estimated) 7 years before it would be flooded IS DOING NOTHING except building up the damage.

Bob Alexander

LONDONOntario2017-02-06 19:16:32
ClaireJarrold

Responsible planning that takes into account and aims to reduce impact on the environment and community values should be a key component of any major construction project. The environmental and community benefits of extending protection to the Peace Region's Watson's Slough wetlands for as long as practical would go some way to alleviating the enormous impact of the Site C dam. This is an area of significant value to a wide range of bird species, and to the local community. Delaying clearance of the wetlands would allow for further nesting for birds, respect the community's enjoyment of the wetlands, and better allow for suitable alternatives to be fully established. I ask you to consider supporting a delay to the destruction of this precious natural resource.

CalgaryAlberta2017-02-06 19:19:44
PatriciaMolchan

Site C is a huge mistake!!

1. Since the Peace Valley is prime agricultural land (BC doesn't have much), and in light of climate change, it may well be one of the few regions in BC that can help sustain our province when California becomes too hot to produce most of our produce. We should be maintaining our agricultural land, not trying to destroy it.

2. We don't really need Site C. I understand that much of that consumption will be taken up with fracking for "natural" gas and for the oil sands. That is wrong in so many ways. How can we reduce CO2 and other emissions when fracked gas and oil sands bitumen create far too much carbon, etc?? They are extremely dirty and polluting industries. You're taking BC in the wrong direction for trying to reduce our emissions!!

3. Trying to say that the general public needs the Site C "clean" energy for the future is going about it in the wrong way. Instead of wasting the $8+ billion dollars to build this destructive dam, why not take that money and let BC Hydro develop other clean/green energy options. And why not get serious about helping the general public switch over to green energy? Zero interest long-term loans to the property (not the homeowner) to be paid back over time, that would be used for adding solar to homes and thermal for new & existing neighbourhoods.

BC really does not need this dam. Why destroy this valuable land all for the sake of industries that are adding to global warming? PLEASE stop development of the Site C dam now!!

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:31:32
JACKIECAMPBELL

SAVE THE PEACE BC. WILL BE SO SORRY IF WE LOOSE THIS VALUABLE LAND AND WILDLIFE HABITAT. WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER THE TWO FIRST NATIONS LEGAL RIGHT.

PITT MEADOWSBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:35:22
AnnGrant

I endorse the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District in their request tah BC Hydro delay the clearing of the section of the Peace River Valley that includes Watson's Slough. This is an important and significant rare wetland. I understand that the filling of the Site C dam reservoir is at least 7 years away so please preserve this wetland for now at least.

I sincerely hope that those who are trying to stop the environmentally damaging Site C Project altogether will prevail. Large dams are yesterday's technology and we don't need the power for the people of BC. This is a terrible project. Look up this film - Sand Wars - (available on internet), which was shown on the Knowledge Network recently to see another reason why such projects should be stopped!

Greed will destroy our world for our children. We must act to stop these projects.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:36:53
Maureen Trotter

We should not be investing taxpayer money in this project. We should be promoting conservation and small projects, like solar on houses, etc. instead of making power to be used in natural gas fracking and to sell to the US.

QuesnelBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:37:57
KatherineMaas

1. We don't need the hydro power.
2. Our bills are going up for generations to pay for this when we don't need it.
3. It tramples on First Nations rights.
4. It wrecks some of the best farmland in the province when we should be thinking about food security.
5. It threatens salmon habitat.
6. It will destroy a rare and significant wetland, Watson's Slough.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 19:51:52
Wayne Powell

The total cost, based on comparative analysis to other options may make it the least best alternative. Do not destroy the habitat now. Evaluate these alternatives ensuring that the cost of habitat loss is factored in.

MilletAlberta2017-02-06 19:54:21
FrancesDietz

Once again, there is another reason that the Site C should be stopped - to save an important wetland area, Watson's Slough.

I'm just adding my name, one more time, to show my opposition to the construction of that dam.

I just do not believe, like many, many people, that it is necessary to destroy so much natural wilderness to create energy, when there are other, better ways of doing it.

Vancouver British Columbia2017-02-06 20:09:00
SusanWolpert

I am against the development of the entire Cite C Dam project. Instead of destroying our lands we should be protecting and preserving all our valuable agricultural and wetlands. Both are extremely important now and will become even more so in our future. In the decades to come we will need all our agricultural land to feed our population and the wetlands to feed the birds and animals as well as the environment.
What can be more important than food in our mouths and those of the other creatures that we share this planet with?

As well, of the utmost importance is the maintenance of those lands the aboriginal people consider sacred. After all, this was their land well before we took it from them!!!

I would like to see this government wake up and realize the importance of leaving the Peace River Valley as it is.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 20:22:04
TerryDance-Bennink

It will put taxpayers on the hook for BC's largest infrastructure project ever ($9 billion and climbing for an earth-filled dam). We'll be in dept for 70 years and Hydro rates will inevitably go up. First Nation rights have been ignored. And valuable farmland that could feed a million people will be flooded.

I totally oppose the clearing of Watson's Slough - a rare and significant wetland.
The Bennett dam caused huge damage to surrounding forests and wetlands. Enough is enough!

Site C is my number one issue in the upcoming BC election.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 20:45:59
RochelleDePaolis

This project is purely WRONG and UNETHICAL. Our provincial and national governments should be saving our beautiful and significant land, not destroying it, especially for another dam.

I saw what the Keenlyside Dam did to my great grandmother and her village of Edgewood, B.C. in the West Kooteney's in the late 1960's. This dam was pushed through without really looking at what it was going to destroy. All of the residents, who had lived there for decades, were sent packing and all of their homes and businesses, including the lovely church, were burned to the ground. This move broke my great grandmother's heart and eventually killed her. It broke my family's heart as well. We used to summer at my grandmothers home and we so enjoyed Edgewood. It was a beautiful area. Thank goodness my family and myself have these wonderful memories to cherish.

It was not until many years later that it was revealed that this town did not have to be flooded. Shame on B.C. Hydro and our government full stop!

The Peace River Valley must be left alone for all of its inhabitants to enjoy its many wonders.

White RockBritish Columbia2017-02-06 20:52:22
CORRIENEYRINCK

Enough!!!
Stop ruining the "super natural" habitat of our beautiful country/province just to make big business, Christy Clark and her cronies richer. We do not need Site C!
Put the money into eco friendly renewable resources that create permanent jobs and save the environment.
Canada and British Columbia now have the opportunity to LEAD in energy creation with greener solutions. Instead our governments put us back by continuing to approve antiquated energy solutions like dams and oil production.
LET CANADA AND CANADIANS BE THE CANADA WE USED TO BE BY SETTING THE EXAMPLE FOR OTHER COUNTRIES AND PROVE THAT GREEN, ECO-FRIENDLY ENERGY SOLUTIONS ARE THE FUTURE!
Enough!

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 20:56:08
WendyChar

I think this is a project that has been rushed through to serve the non-existent LNG industry. Site C represents everything that is wrong with politics as usual in British Columbia. The concerns of farmers, First Nations, tax payers and conservationists have been ignored in order to appease corporate interests. In the process, irreplaceable historic sites and precious eco-systems are being threatened with annihilation. Please stop this nonsense! This is not the type of "progress" we need.

Campbell RiverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:01:51
LindaStitt

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

TorontoOntario2017-02-06 21:15:44
TomBaker

Despite the great ecological significance of wetlands, BC Hydro plans to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland – Watson’s Slough.

Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to reconsider.

Please raise this matter in the Legislature. I still don't understand who is going to benefit from Site C, but I very much doubt it's the average BC taxpayer. At the very least, BC Hydro should avoid such excess environmental impact and protect wetlands such as Watson's Slough.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:25:50
KarenNaiman

Last Thursday was World Wetlands Day and ironically, BC Hydro plans to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland:  Watson’s Slough.  Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to delay logging of this important area as it is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least seven years away.

PIease endorse their request to help defend this precious Wetland!

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:
 
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.

e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.

The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.

Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
 
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans;  and many other waterfowl and songbirds.

Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes.

The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
 
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades.  Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.
 
The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and thank you and so do we!
 

DenverColorado2017-02-06 21:30:30
AshleyMcwhirter

We cannot continue to devastate rare and crucial ecosystems such as Watson's Slough in the name of industry development.

I urge you to make scientifically sound decisions that are in context with multiple experts in this field. We must ensure the conservation of significantly important ecological areas for years to come.

As a student studying in the environmental science field I have become aware of the crucial role wetlands play in regards to environmental health. This habitat is too often overlooked and does not receive the protections they so badly deserve. The health of our future is interdependent on a healthy environment, we can't continue to do any more damage than what has already been done.

Please listen to the experts on the issue and delay industrial development in this area.

With respect,
Ashley Mcwhirter

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:45:55
CathyMcLellan

Please save Watson's Slough from logging. The wetland habitat for birds is not easily replaced.

SecheltBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:47:09
A. KatherineDuperron

I have stated my concerns in detail in past letters. Today I am asking that Watson Slough be left untouched for as long as possible.

I have come to believe that Clark and her government want the damage to go past the point of no return as soon as possible, even in the face of data which says we don't need this dam. I also believe that, contrary to much campaign blab, that Trudeau's government also cares little for this issue.

So, I am begging that this little gem is left unmolested. It's destruction isn't needed right away. Leave it as long as possible. It is a tourist and education site. It is needed by many species. A "replacement" must be in place well before this site disappears.

CumberlandBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:49:54
ShellJohnson

Dear Mr. Trudeau, Ms. Clark and Ms. McDonald,

Why are you pushing ahead with antiquated technology?

Why not explore geo-thermal power, wind power, solar power?

Why not put Canada on the map as a leader in alternative energy development and generation?

Why not lead the world into a new era of environmental protection?

Why not save what is wild and beautiful in this country instead of logging, flooding and damning precious and unique resources -- forest, river and agricultural land?

Mr. Trudeau, I voted for you because you promised to deliver a new way of envisioning energy and alternative ways of creating it. What have you done to do that?

Ms. Clark and Ms. McDonald -- please be the political and corporate leaders of a new age. You have this chance to prove that you are not only visionaries, but creative environmental champions.

Please stop this destruction. It's not necessary. It's a waste of money. And we can do so much better. Thank you -- Shell Johnson

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:51:44
SusanDulc

Despite massive public/First Nations protests, overwhelming scientific and economic evidence of this project's negative, irreversible impacts, the Liberal government continues to push forward.

I am writing to endorse the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and Peace River Regional District (PRRD) request to delay the clearing Watson's Slough.
This area is both rare and significant - ecologically, socially and conomically.

As there is no immediate need for this clearing, and as BC Hydro has no "alternative" habitat constructed (or even planned), clearing this area at this time is indefensible, irresponsible and appalling.

BC Hydro would benefit from a little good publicity regarding this contentious project; saving Watson's Slough at this time would show a degree of compassion, forethought and logic absent in all previous Site C decision-making processes.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 21:53:45
CaitlinRather

This project will have negative long-term effects on the following and more :

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

With Washington states recent example of the benefits of dam removal, starting work on a new dam, as opposed to investing in other green-energy projects with less negative side-effects on the environment, is negligent and irresponsible.

Please take honest consideration of the motives and alternatives to this project.

EverettWashington2017-02-06 21:57:30
PeterGumplinger

Dear BC Hydro, MLA,

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.

e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.

The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.

Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.

Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Best regards, Peter Gumplinger

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-06 22:00:51
DeniseTaylor

I am against the site c dam project. Please hold off logging the Watson's slough wetland. Save the wildlife corridor, preserve farmland and respect the people who live there. Stop site c.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-06 22:02:03
HelenDurie

Save Watson's Slough.
Site C dam is a travesty whichever way you look at it: First Nations concerns and unresolved legal challenges, destruction of environment and animal habitats, huge cost to taxpayers of unneeded hydro capacity etc etc.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-06 23:03:58
TenneilleMetz

Logging and destroying this wetland area at this point during construction is not necessary and should be delayed. BC Hydro will be taking away learning opportunities from children, and removing bird habitat for hundreds of species . Not only does it provide a home for birds, it gives local area a people a place to stop . Please don't take everything away from us . You are already destroying our valley. Isn't that enough ?

Dawson creekBritish Columbia2017-02-06 23:09:42
DavidCencula

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes and as an avid birder this is important for future generations of birders.

Sparks Nevada2017-02-06 23:13:44
dougkrause

Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to consider delaying since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.

This is way to early, and will result in the loss of important ecological areas FOREVER.

Please stop it.

WinnipegManitoba2017-02-07 00:27:43
JosefKrancevic

Christy Clark,

You must stop preparations for the Site C Dam now.

It was a mistake to begin this process in the first place but the sooner you stop the land clearing the less damage will have to be remediated.

You need to stop moving towards clearing Watson's Slough. It is beginning to look like you are not just heartless. You are starting to seem thoughtless.

How can we leave it to those of the future to solve problems that you are incapable of solving while you stand between us who have ideas and energy that can be implemented to solve these problems now?

How can you expect us to stomach you destroying our future? You are as low as a human being can sink. You destroy wild creatures so you can move on to destroy more wild creatures so you can destroy whole ecosystems so you can pollute the whole earth while simultaneously destroying our bread basket.

How can you be so totally out of touch with life and compassion, so out of touch with humanity? What happened to you that you are so scarred, so without feeling?

I would pity you if there seemed to be any humanity left in you. You destroy the world your son was meant to live in. You steal his future, all our futures.

We would all be so much better off if you had never entered politics.

Please step down before you do any more damage. Your reputation is spoiled, you can't undo what you have already done. Just stop now before you go any farther. You need to stop and think and beg forgiveness before you disgrace us any further.

Josef Krancevic

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 00:33:13
AlisonWaters

This is absolutely ridiculous that we are destroying our environment for something we don't need. There is far too much information about the stupidity of flooding Watson's Slough and the Peace River Valley. Don't you understand that our power needs can be met in so many other ways and many we don't even know yet but once this natural resource is gone - IT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED!!. I am so tired of such short-sightedness. Please think about future generations - electric light was not discovered from working on developing more candles and killing sperm whales to light our world seems ludicrous now.So what will flooding this land mean in the future?????

NanaimoBritish Columbia2017-02-07 00:41:35
P.Kidd

Who gave you the authority to rape this land for your profit?

We know it isn't necessary. They are alternate energy sources that don't require destroying the little that we have left.

Curses and shame upon you, BC Hydro and all who've endorsed this fraud.

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-07 00:48:37
JamesNairne

Site C dam would result in the largest withdrawal from the agricultural land reserve in BC’s history.

Site C would flood 83km of the Peace River, widening it by up to 3 times, as well as 10km of the Moberly and 14km of the Halfway Rivers.

Over 57,000 acres of agricultural and forested land would be impacted by Site C, including 31,528 acres of Class 1-7 agricultural land and over 17,000 acres of forested land.

BC Hydro currently estimates that Site C Dam will cost $8.8 billion and “projects losing $800 million in the first 4 years of operation.” (Report of the Joint Review Panel, Site C Clean Energy Project, BC Hydro, May 1, 2014)

BC Hydro has already confirmed rate increases between 2014-2018 of 28%. It is anticipated that cumulatively, rate increases over the next 10 years will be about 45% without Site C. If Site C is approved, BC Hydro intends to increase rates even further to recover the costs of Site C.

Energy economist Dr. Marvin Shaffer conducted significant research on the viability of Site C and has concluded that there are far less expensive alternatives to Site C.

“BC Hydro is inducing new mining and oil and gas load with the offer of low cost power that it does not have; giving rise to more load growth than what would be economically efficient.”
– Dr. Marvin Shaffer, Economist

Site C is more than three times as costly as the least expensive option,” states expert energy economist Robert McCullough. McCullough was hired by the Peace Valley Landowner Association to prepare a report on a comparison of alternatives to Site C in March 2015. Read his report here.

The Joint Review Panel also urged BC Hydro to consider using the tremendous geothermal potential in BC as an alternative to Site C. BC Hydro has confirmed that over 700Mw of geothermal power exists in the province, about two-thirds of the 1,100Mw capacity of Site C.

Site C would result in the loss of fish in two major tributaries to the Peace River: the migratory Arctic grayling in the Moberly River and the migratory bull trout in the Halfway River. Mountain Whitefish in the Peace River would also disappear.

The destruction of habitat for several migratory bird species, including those classified as ‘at risk’, would also result from Site C. Species impacted include Canada Cap May and Bay-breasted Warblers, Yellow Rail and Nelson’s Sparrow.

West VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:00:51
GailMeston

I have numerous concerns about Site C and have written before. Nevertheless, as Watson's Slough is now in jeopardy, I am writing again.

Specifically, re: Watson's Slough:

Wetlands control and prevent flooding and drought brought on by ever-increasing extremes of weather caused by climate change. To destroy this one is short-sighted counter productive.

Watson's Slough provides habitat for many species of birds, animals and plants that are beneficial to the integrity of an eco-system. It also supports annual migratory birds

Watson's Slough is a birder's paradise, a site for numerous educational tours, and a tourist attraction to the area.

Please at least delay the destruction of this wonderful life-supporting, irreplaceable slough. Better yet, halt the unwise construction of SITE C dam.

Generally re: Site C:

The exorbitant cost of 8.8 Billion dollars, plus the widespread environmental cost, plus the offense to First Nations is reason enough to stop this mega project that seems more politically driven than wise in any way. Alternative, small, locally enhancing clean energy is more cost effective, creates more jobs, less environmentally devastating and more in keeping with the 21st century.

Please reconsider and stop Site C. Period.

Victoria British Columbia2017-02-07 01:00:57
BrendaMoysey

We as Canadians/British Columbians should be embracing modern forms of harnessing power. Site C dam is creating too much havoc for the land which will be flooded. Find another source of power which has less impact on the environment.

I endorse the plea from the Defenders of the Peace River Valley to delay clearing Watson's Slough. Site C dam may never happen.

Thank you.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:28:56
LeslieSmith

Loss of arable land
Waste of public funds.. Poor expensive payback.
Increased hydro rates
Irreversible environmental damage
Short sited

Quathiaski coveBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:40:51
MarriaGauley

The value that Site C dam will bring the citizens of BC as opposed to the injury is astronomical. Aside from the fact we do not need more sources of mega power in BC, agricultural land is an irreplaceable commodity.
Food security is paramount for a sustainable future in this province. Ridding the province of arable land and wetlands is sealing our fate as a provider of agricultural goods for the people in this province and beyond.
Site C dam is not a good investment for return to the people of BC and must be stopped NOW. Other sources of power are much less invasive to the environment, cost less to produce and give the same return on investment. It is utter stupidity to push this agenda forward.
I believe a full review of this project needs to happen before it goes any further.
Please take immediate action in the name of the people of BC.
Many thanks

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:42:56
SheriVan Ewyk

In an era where we should be conserving energy, why would we ruin nature with a huge reservoir and dam? There are other options! Wetlands and arable land is sparse in British Columbia due to over population and urban sprawl. Please leave some usable land for nature and the first peoples of this area. Living on the Columbia River, I have seen the devastation caused from dams. When will it ever be enough?

TrailBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:43:48
DavidAlger

Loss of arable farmland;
expensive, unneeded hydro;
increasing hydro rates;
a waste of taxpayer dollars

Quathiaski CoveBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:51:10
Tammy Lopes

Unnecessary need of power and flooding of environment. Build some wind turbines!

Prince George British Columbia2017-02-07 01:51:17
NaomiKavka

Dear Mr. Zimmer,

My concerns regarding the construction of the Site C Dam are many. Primarily, the exorbitant financial cost to the province coupled with the destruction of invaluable land makes the decision to go forward with building baffling and offensive. There is nothing I can write here that has not already been articulated better by environmentalists, farmers, and first nations peoples who risk losing their homes and livelihoods to this project. Anyone who has ever seen the region that is going to be destroyed could not in their right mind believe that the dam is a benefit to our province.

I grew up in the Peace Valley, frequenting the area that is slated to be flooded. I know first hand the incredible richness that this land has. There is no forgiving its destruction or the people responsible for the decision. All I can do is please ask that you use your influence and reconsider supporting this disgusting project.

I hope you actually read this letter, and the many other letters you will receive from your constituents regarding this. It matters. When you tell your children and grand children what you accomplished in your life, tell them that you stood up and used your influence to help save this land for them, and for everyone else.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:55:34
EvelynHunter

No foresight by the bc liberals or the canadian liberals. So shortsighted. This project is not needed. How many experts, scientists, residents need to keep telling you all this.

Humans needs nature way more than nature needs humans. As the wild things go we WILL follow.

Last Thursday was World Wetlands Day and ironically, BC Hydro planned to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland – Watson’s Slough

madness.

YoubouBritish Columbia2017-02-07 01:59:08
ValerieFieber

Watson slough must not be disturbed ever. There are birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare types. How can schools continue to go on field trips to there if it is all gone? So many children live in urban areas today, and going to see the life in the slough, the water fowl and the other creatures that abound here. Sloughs are ecologically useful to all creatures of the earth. Please keep this slough preserved from any kind of harm!

Fort St. johnBritish Columbia2017-02-07 02:04:17
LorriMaley-Bell

My voice matters, my vote matters...my effort to inform and educate matters. I can not support or condone the destruction of the Peace River for a needless dam. I strongly oppose the destruction which includes the Watson's Slough. I will continue spent all my energy to halt the Site C Dam Scam with peaceful protests, peaceful conversations to expose the political interference and criminal actions pushing this dam dinosaur on BC. I refuse to watch silently while Clark & Co bankrupt BC hence yet another letter. I've lost count how many letters I have written to oppose the Site C Dam however it is time for an election. My vote will simply go to anyone whom opposes the destruction of the Peace. Save the Watson's Slough!!! Maybe just maybe you as my MLA Mr. Zimmerman will be required to listen to the wants and needs of those you represent and not your corporate party leader.
Lorri Maley-Bell

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-07 02:07:15
Brian Cutts

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes. Please be of benefit to all.

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-07 02:53:11
AmyMeyer

I recently attended the Wetlands Day celebration at Watson Slough. Ken and Arlene Boon, and Mark Phinney presented info and we hiked the trail around the slough. About 30 intrepid souls attended, including reporters.

As we walked, we saw both yellow (archeological) ribbons marking areas, and orange (riparian) area ribbons. The riparian ribbons were pretty much within 10M of the water in my estimation on the south side by the road, and right thru the slough on the north side. It was explained that the riparian ribbons were more of a ‘no machine’ zone. We also saw many thrifty mid-sized spruce trees about 30-40 yrs old, and aspen, birch and brush around the slough. All the trees and the brush are important for habitat, for nesting, retaining water levels, and for other creatures. We were wondering if the marked zone could be expanded because of these technicalities, and re-designated as a leave zone / no clearing. This is a ‘special use zone’ because of it being a birding ‘hotspot’. (as described on e-bird.org)

We realize that the entire slough is slated to be inundated by 2024. We are just hoping that with such a small area, and non-merchantable trees, that even to extend the life of this important habitat to the year when it finally has to be done would suit all share-holders in this valley. Maybe alternatives can be found during this small but important period of time.

Thanks for everything you have been doing to help Watson Slough and the people of the Peace,

ChetwyndBritish Columbia2017-02-07 02:55:49
SherryRidout

To Whom It May Concern:

I wish to add my voice of concern and dismay at the lack of foresight applied to this project. It is time to follow the rhetoric of caring for the environment with actions that are authentic to the ideals.

This project, like so many of the current governments, has not had the benefit of any oversight by the BC Utilities Commission. A Joint Review Panel states that BC Hydro has failed to prove we need the Site C Project & recommends that the BCUC be involved.

The business case is questionable and the harm to wildlife, the wetlands and citizens of the area is monumental! Time to take a step back and reconsider the long term ramifications.

Thanks for your time.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 02:56:00
SharonMcGregor

Save Watson's Slough from logging now! This wetlands doesn't need to be logged for another 7 years. Let's give the local and some rare bird species a chance to reproduce and also let people enjoy it a little bit longer. There are more than just bird species that need protection.
The site C dam shouldn't be built in the first place. We don't need more power. People should be encouraged to use less power. There should be incentives to do so.
We also need to preserve the farmland that we have in the Peace River Valley.
I don't believe you should be taking this land away from our first nations people. We should keep it the way it is and learn from them on how to recover what the ecosystems and all people have lost. I believe they could teach us so much.

CroftonBritish Columbia2017-02-07 03:01:40
judithhazelton

Destruction of habitat, species & resources.

benningtonVermont2017-02-07 03:09:23
JodySlakov

I agree with the reqrest to delay the clearing of the Peace River Valley whitch includes the Watson's Slough. I feel very strongly that NO distruction of this area should be changed until the Site C dam is absolutely approved---predicted to be seven years from now.

It is predicted that over 57,ooo acres of agricultural and forested land would be impacted by Site C, including 31,528 acres of Class 1-7 agricultural land and over 17.000 acres of forested land.

We have, for the last two years (that I know of), been able to purchase organic produce from the Peace River Valley. The quality of this food is even better than the Fraser Valley produce.

There are many energy alternatives--and more coming daily, BUT THERE ARE NO ALTERNATIVES TO FOOD PRODUCING LAND.

I don't want the Site C dam to materialize; I CERTAINLY don't want any destruction of the land to occur EVERr.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-07 03:18:43
EllaBronstein

As a young person in British Columbia it deeply concerns me that you are logging and clearing irreplaceable ecosystems which will surely cause the extinction of rare bird species. You cannot create a replacement wetlands that will house the same range of birds; nature doesn't work like that. I urge you to please consider delaying the clearing of Watson's Slough as the area will not be needed for years.
Also, the entire Site C project is a waste of money to create energy we do not need in an unsustainable method. If Canada is to invest billions of dollars into new energy it should be sustainable - such as solar or wind. I feel personally offended that not only will my tax dollars be paying for the Site C project but also that you are destroying farm land and beautiful BC landscape that I haven't had the chance to enjoy it, and my children and grandchildren never will. You need to stop placing economic growth above environmental security.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my letter, and please take this as a voice of the West Coast Youth. I would like to support a future that does not harm my environment and destroy the incredibly unique landscape that makes BC what is today. Please consider that as our government you are supposed to represent the desires of the people and Site C is not something we support.
Yours truly,
Ella Bronstein

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-07 03:34:00
jaroVocadlo

The present Site C design represents a cheap design option in which the powerhouse, spillway structures and approach channel are too compact, bringing structures too close together. It may look to be more economic than alternative designs, if not considering potential reliability and possible costly failures. Large dam projects usually have spillway energy dissipation brought away from the powerhouse and a dam so that spillway damages and
potential scour holes would not affect adjacent structures.

I recall the Magat Dam project-review boards emphasizing need for a fail-safe reliability design, rejecting design similar option as Site C , so as to have spillway energy dissipation safely away from the powerhouse, as potential damage would not be critical and costly. Magat spillway /1978/has similar unit flows as Site C.
Large dam projects usually have high level spillway energy dissipation brought away from the powerhouse and a dam so that spillway damages and potential scour holes would not extend and affect adjacent structures.

As no response was given to these concerns, an US top expert might be asked to comment, which might support our issue,

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 03:45:00
JamesDundas

I moved up to the construction camp for the Portage Mountain Dam (the WACBennett dam's name in 1962) when I was 8 years old. Hudson hope had a population of 54 people that year. I got to see quite a bit of the beautiful Peace River Valley and I was awestruck by the natural beauty of the place. We left in 1964. I went back in 1972 and my mind was blown by the sight of a lake the size of the Gulf of Georgia where there had been the most beautiful pristine valley.
To finish off the last of the Peace River Vallwy by building site C is criminal.
We have lots of better ways tio generate power. Wind farms , harnessing tidal currents et al.
Please stop site C

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 03:48:01
AnnAndrews

I have written before concerning my opposition to this project. It is a disgrace that you and others in positions of authority will not listen to the experts on this matter - why do you think you know better ! Why are you so determined to destroy this lovely valley and its potential benefits to the country, WE DO NOT NEED THE POWER - what we need is protection of the environment, First nations rights and good farmland.

Black CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-07 03:56:39
StephenKing

I am whole heartedly opposed to the development of the Site-C project.

First and foremost I do not believe that any amount of energy gained from this project is worth the destruction of a unique and biodiverse river valley, or the loss of productive and scarce farmland, or the degradation of First Nation ancestral land and culture.

Secondly, as pointed out by Harry Swain, Chair of the joint review panel for Site-C, this project will be built on the backs of taxpayers with no guarantee of return for British Columbians. The benefactors of the largest infrastructure development in the history of this province will be private developers, special interests, and other jurisdictions that will buy the power and pay us only a fraction of what it costs to generate.

British Columbia does not have a demand for the power Site-C would produce, and alternative sources that could support future consumption have not been adequately researched or represented.

Please do what is in the best interest of British Columbians; protect the environment, protect the land we produce our food on, respect the first people's inherent rights, and make sound financial investment for the future of all British Columbians not just a few.

Thank you for bringing my concerns forward and taking the necessary steps to halt the Site-C Dam proposal.

NelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-07 04:48:15
CherylMcLachlan

There has not been a proper assessment of the environmental damage this proposed dam will have, nor a full assessment of the actual cost and need for the dam. And the utter disregard for the land owners, farmers and Aboriginal people's rights to their traditional lands that will forever be destroyed is shameful, especially when there are ongoing court cases. The destruction of so many species, habitats and ecosystems, including this wetland, for a bad project financially for electrical power not needed to be sold below market value or used to feed LNG plants that will wrought more destruction is short sighted insanity.

Stop Site C, save the Peace Valley!!!

LangfordBritish Columbia2017-02-07 04:53:43
ruthriddell

Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro has failed to prove that we need Site C. Further, they emphasized that because there are significant adverse effects, justification for the project must rest on an unambiguous need for the power.

BC Hydro currently estimates that Site C Dam will cost $8.8 billion and “projects losing $800 million in the first 4 years of operation.”

We need this excellent quality food producing land to feed our people!

BC Hydro states that Site C will have a 100-year life; the agricultural land in the Peace River Valley will support life in perpetuity.

There are many energy alternatives, but there are no alternatives to food producing land.

In September 2015, the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) passed two resolutions; the first calling for the province to rescind the Order in Council that excluded Site C dam reservoir lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve; and, second, to have the project thoroughly reviewed by the BC Utilities Commission.

Both resolutions were put forward in reaction to the BC Liberal government’s decision to bypass these independent provincial agencies, whose purpose is to ensure that actions such as these are undertaken in the best interests of British Columbians.

We do not need this expensive, un-needed electricity!!

Energy economist Dr. Marvin Shaffer conducted significant research on the viability of Site C and has concluded that there are far less expensive alternatives to Site C.

“BC Hydro is inducing new mining and oil and gas load with the offer of low cost power that it does not have; giving rise to more load growth than what would be economically efficient.”
– Dr. Marvin Shaffer, Economist

Site C is more than three times as costly as the least expensive option,” states expert energy economist Robert McCullough. McCullough was hired by the Peace Valley Landowner Association to prepare a report on a comparison of alternatives to Site C in March 2015.

saltspringBritish Columbia2017-02-07 05:13:18
DeniseDufault

This dam is a boondoggle, we do not need it Now or in the future! Stop building it, respect the First Nations who live there, they said NO. Do not continue to allow this dam to be built!

SlocanBritish Columbia2017-02-07 05:43:02
AndersErickson

Where to start? This is a terrible plan. The worst. Bigly.

1. Destruction of the only viable farmland in the north in a time of climate change and an unstable US trading partner, significantly reduces the resiliency of BC to provide food for itself.

2. Destruction of important wetlands in the Peace.

3. BC Hydro is massively in dept, and this monstrosity of an infrastructure project will only add to that. Costing rate payers Bigly!

4. Everyone knows the power is to fuel natural gas industry and Tar Sands. Two dying industries. Not very forward thinking.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 05:44:45
AgnesWatts

This dam will destroy irreplaceable farm land, as well as habitat for many species of wildlife, some of which are teetering on the brink of extinction, and the DAM IS NOT NEEDED by the people of B.C. but is only desired as a means to support the dangerous practice of "fracking" ! This hugely expensive project is another example of short-term greed taking precedence over long-term planning. Environmental protection must be our objective, while we can still save places such as this wetland, Our grandchildren will curse us and our shortsightedness if we allow this obscene plan to continue. WE will be dooming future generations. The evidence is all around us.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 06:11:03
BartTetreau

Unnecessary project/forced created make work project and totally being done for wrong reasons!!!!

FsjBritish Columbia2017-02-07 06:41:06
KirkSafford

I am disappointed to learn that BC Hydro wishes to clear Watson's Slough some 7 years before the Site C reservoir is to be filled. While living in the Peace my partner and I regularly visited Watson's Slough. Even though I didn't know all the 129 bird species and other wildlife that use the slough, I could hear, feel and see the place was full of life. Watson's Slough is clearly a sanctuary for wildlife, but it is also one for people. I had hoped to take my two sons up to the Peace River before the dam is made and the valley flooded. Watson's Slough was to be one of our stops. Like many other school children, they would learn of the natural history of the Peace. That opportunity appears to be gone.
It takes thousands of years to develop wetland soils, which along with clean water, are the key to wetland productivity. This cannot be replaced easily or quickly. If compensation were a true objective of BC Hydro, you would build replacement wetlands now and allow them to develop for 7 years before doing any works around Watson's Slough. This would provide the best potential to retain wildlife populations, many of which are rare, once Watson's Slough is lost.
Surely Watson's Slough deserves respite so that my kids, students, and others can visit this unique place; and wildlife can raise the next several generations before it is flooded.
I ask you to reconsider your decision in this matter.

Regards

Kirk Safford

PentictonBritish Columbia2017-02-07 06:45:34
DavidWaterhouse

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Site C Dam was never part of a democratic process. I now quote BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett. When asked why he had prevented the BCUC from doing their jobs (taking part in Site C Hearings) he said, "We don't want these hearings getting bogged down by a bunch of BCUC questions."

Dr. Harry Swain, former Chair of the Joint Review Panel on Site C, with a doctorate in economics, has made the unprecedented move of publicly stating that the need for, cost and alternatives to this project were not sufficiently researched and that the dam should not proceed until these matters are fully assessed and justified. Numerous other experts have done their research and stated the same.

Prime Minister, please do the right thing. Halt the C Dam construction. Let the BCUC do the job our democracy intended.

David Waterhous

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 07:15:13
DarrylTaylor

Canada's Mid-Century Long Term Strategy for dealing with climate change acknowledges that we are facing an unprecedented alteration to our global climactic conditions.

As temperatures likely rise and we experience greater and greater extremes of weather, intact and biodiverse ecosystems will become increasingly key to the support and resiliency of surrounding lands capable of sustaining food production, and maintaining hydrogeologic balance over larger regions.

That is in addition to the less tangible benefits of pure nature that has not been forced into submission by human activity, there are studies that indicate that our base functioning benefits from natural complex interacting fractal enviroforms.

Across the board, the Site C dam is poorly advised, and even other than the circular rationalizations for flooding crucial agricultural land reserves (official or otherwise), the continued progress of the project is a disempowerment of the people of the Commons, and a failure of multiple levels of the government to protect and cultivate the Common Weal.

It can be stopped at any time, however each day that passes more irreplaceable ecological resources are lost, the faith that many have in their governance is further eroded, and the Honour of the Crown that the Dominion of Canada is based upon as an abstract symbol of the ineffable bonds that tie us together into a unique cultural mosaic, is further sullied.

Please, correct this for the sake of the generations yet to come, so that they may feel pride in their forebears and enjoy a natural world of complexity and robust life.

Please.

Darryl Richard Taylor, son of Barry Donald Taylor, son of Harold Albert Taylor, born of more than three centuries of loyal subjects of the Crown upon these territories within the Dominion of Canada.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 14:40:42
GionBezzola

Please oppose this madness!

SorrentoBritish Columbia2017-02-07 14:43:17
LynnCarlile

This wetland should be preserved as long as possible given the wildlife that is dependant upon it. We have so few wetland areas and this one is quite unique. Please stop the clearing until it is absolutely necessary. Thank you.

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 Nebraska2017-02-07 15:46:46
JennyShaw

Our wildlife is critical and destroying this valuable resource would be criminal.

SecheltBritish Columbia2017-02-07 16:01:39
John Gilbert

Dear Sir/Madam:
Building your dam is a very dangerous thing in that the lake will saturate the highland which will set it up to slump in to the the lake reducing the water capacity and creating dangerous waves. Even the water may wipe out your project. I hope so. Good productive land is a need. Electric power is as well; but, the cost. John Gilbert.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 16:27:54
ChrisPaull

Fifty some miles of some of the most beautiful river valley on the planet to be destroyed because some knot headed bureaucrats want to go down in history as doing what in their minds is a wise and glorious thing. The cost of this folly and the irreversible damage being initiated is immoral. Our courts' handling of this matter is a joke! I truly believe the outcome is already decided before the cases are even examined.
I've been visiting Watson's slough for years...even before Ducks Unlimited enhanced it. It's a treasure.
Site C should have stayed shelved. Some of our politicians should be shelved. Most of them are puppets who are too afraid to do the right thing.

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-07 16:47:41
MarionBouchard

There are other available methods of producing energy that are cleaner and less disruptive to the environment. If as much support was given to them, we could have more long term employment without the massive, unnecessary environmental, permanent damage. I cannot justify this selfish, short term action to my grandchildren. Thank you for acting on your constituents beliefs.

AgassizBritish Columbia2017-02-07 16:49:36
PeterKerr

I write to you to endorse the request of the Peace VAlley Landowner Association and the Peace River Regional District that B.C. Hydro consider delaying the clearing of a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland-Watson's Slough.

This slough is one of the few prairie pothole type of wetlands remaining in the Peace region. It provides habitat for a wide range of wildlife, including several rare bird species.

According to local wildlife biologist and Chairman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney, the loss of this slough to the Site C dam is significant because of its attraction to birders from all over western North America who visit to see some of the 129 species that have been sighted there including the Yellow Rail, Trumpeter Swan, Nelson's Sparrow and Horned Grebe.

Should the building of the dam proceed, the filling of this area would not take place for at least seven years. That is seven years in which people can visit the area to view the birds and seven years in which the bird populations have the time to increase their numbers before their homes are destroyed by flooding.

I sincerely hope that this area does not get flooded and that the dam is stopped but in case it isn't I think that the clearing of the land should be delayed for as long as possible- at least seven years.

I ask that the delay be granted.

Thank you.

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 16:58:39
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BostonWashington2017-02-07 17:20:07
ellainasignorotto

Thank you for hearing my concerns regarding Site C Dam in the Peace River Valley. I have stood on the banks of this great river many times in my life and it saddens me to think that my children will not get to observe this rare wetland.

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

kimberleyBritish Columbia2017-02-07 17:54:05
LeonaRothney

The destruction of nature. Leave nature as it is for everyone to enjoy.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-07 18:04:14
MarilynSwallow

I have many concerns about the site c project.
Electricity is not a basic need. Hello?
Food ,water and habitat preservation are, or SHOULD be on the top of everyone's list of basic needs.Right up there with fresh air!
Please lets not do irrepairible damage to yet another ecosystem

LadysmithBritish Columbia2017-02-07 18:16:17
THOMASHARROP

STOP THE INSANITY, PRESERVE OUR NATURAL HABITAT, IT NEVER COMES BACK!
It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding. 
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

surrey British Columbia2017-02-07 18:38:10
A Cross

The construction of Site C Dam demonstrates an inexplicable and dangerous animosity and disregard for the water and land and myriad other life that the people who inhabit the affected region - and by extension all humans - depend upon for our spiritual and physical sustenance. Its proponents epitomize a new height in human degradation in their total willingness to annihilate both present and future generations. An unimaginable example of shortsighted greed, the decision to build this dam incomprehensibly occurs at a time when we should be fostering green energy. The incredibly treacherous attitude of the federal and provincial governments to the well-being of the environment and the people and life that will be affected by this senseless decision is unconscionable. Normally we have checks and balances in place to ensure that we make sane well-founded decisions and prevent the feeble-minded from harming themselves and others. It appears we are no longer being led by greedy politicians and companies but by the madness of our governments and companies who lack conscience and empathy. The Site C Dam is a crime against humanity and the planet.

Victoria British Columbia2017-02-07 18:43:52
HelgaSova

Re Peace Valley hydro. Expansion and Watson Slough.
To Hydro, Provincial and Federal Government
It is time to stop seeing Canada as the Wild West where the gold rush fever of the past is still playing out in areas of oil and gas, hydro, mineral extraction , water sales, forestry
I would expect environmental reviews that are real reviews that will protect our habitats.
It seems there is a rush to sell off our resources at significant steep costs to the environment with the justification that the economy needs this and reviews that seek to balance economy with environment.
We demand real environmental reviews that the governments will adhere to and seek better alternatives.
Where is real leadership in looking at alternatives such as developing value added resource exports and leading in new technologies such as geothermal .
I think BC is being hit hard with industries that will not meet climate change targets-- with pipelines, site C, coal ports, potential fracking with environmental consequences?
Time to rethink priorities. Real environmental protection not offsets or carbon taxes.

VancouvetBritish Columbia2017-02-07 18:46:40
KarenOberer

The loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:
- It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
- It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
- e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
- The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
- The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
- Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
- Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough, which would be at risk if the Site C dam goes ahead as planned:
- Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
- Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
- The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
- The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

MontrealQuebec2017-02-07 18:52:32
JacobFehr

It is unnecessary to destroy a natural treasure like the Peace River Valley as any actually needed electricity could easily be sourced more cheaply and in a more ecologically sound manner. I am upset and disappointed over another wetland sanctuary being needlessly destroyed. A travesty, another corporate giveaway making BC the laughingstock of the world, and leaving a price to be paid by future generations - and the birds and other wildlife. Wake up people before it's all gone!

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-07 19:21:37
DonnaMcNeill

Save Watson's Slough to protect the birds that habitat there

TorontoOntario2017-02-07 19:25:22
RizAli

There is no need to spend $9b on this and then raise rates forever trying to pay this debt off on the taxpayer's back.

Instead of moving the province forward we are taking steps back to the mid 50's thinking like this.

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 19:42:54
MaureenMoriarty

Stop this insane project! My grandchildren will be burdened by the enormous cost and a gorgeous and beneficial piece of nature will be destroyed.

For shame!

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-07 19:53:33
RodneyPoldon

I strongly urge you to delay the logging and clearings of the area that contains Watson's Slough. Since the whole rationale for the clearing to be done is in order to facilitate the filling of the reservoir for the Site C project, and that is likely to be at least 7 years in the future, there is no legitimate reason to clear the area at this time.

Sloughs and wetlands are enormously important elements of the natural environment - one of the most productive and widely used types of ecosystems. Additionally they are one of the most severely impacted and diminished types of natural "asset", as so many millions of acres of wetlands across North America have been drained both for agriculture and industry, as well as for residential development, roads, etc. Consequently, there is now a huge deficit of sloughs and wetlands in Canada and in BC, causing significant impacts to many important and valuable types of wildlife. A great number of migrating goose, ducks, wildfowl and other species have critical need for feeding and resting areas in sloughs such as this.

Because of the scientifically recognized loss of wetlands, both federal and provincial ministries have allocated resources to reverse this decline. To now remove, without any immediate need, a significant area of wildlife habitat such as Watson's Slough from the inventory of those still functioning seems like unnecessarily sabotaging the efforts of other government agencies.

Since the slough is already a population destination with birders, and the Peace region hosts birders on organized tours from elsewhere in western North America, the economic benefits in the area of delaying the planned destruction are also quite evident.
The clearing of Watson's Slough is not a critical necessity at this time, and the delay of a few years will result in benefits both to wildlife and to people, so I ask sincerely that the logging and clearing of this important wetland be delayed until such time as it is absolutely essential.
Thank you for the opportunity to address you on this important issue.

Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-07 21:12:58
MattJohnson

Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to consider delaying logging of Watson's Slough. This wetland area is slated to be cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.

I work proffessionaly with the environmental management of large civil infrastructure projects and know that clearing schedules are often simply a matter of wanting to get it done so it's out of the way. This area should remain whole for as long as possible and not be cleared until absolutely necessary.

SookeBritish Columbia2017-02-07 21:56:50
DawnBright

Dear Sir and/or Madam,

I am VERY concerned about any damage & disruption to our wetlands. I've learned through school and from scientists that wetlands are a vital ecosystem that supports many life forms. When we, humans continue to destroy these places of delicate life, we are contributing to a disappearing habitat for many life forms. A wet land is not easily replicated. PLEASE consider your children and grandchildren's joy of discovering all the delicate and intricate life forms and when/if organizations like yours disregard the destruction of life, YOUR children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren are deprived of the beauty and wonder we grew up with. PLEASE don't take these things for granted. YOU have the power to decide to stop the destruction of precious life so yours and our future generations can enjoy it as well.
With all my heart I appeal to you,
Dawn Bright

AbbotsfordBritish Columbia2017-02-07 22:33:11
MargaretFisher

There are so many voces opposed to this project. The reasons against a dam are greater than the proposed benefits it might produce. Building more sustainable renewable projects in B.C. would add to the benefits and be a more reasonable and economically viable alternative than destroying such amazing natural ecosystems with all their contributions to our world. Go with renewable energy production, stop creating such costly and risky old style structures. Think of my and your children and grandchildren, think of future generations who will lose such a gem as the Peace River Valley.

Perth Road VillageOntario2017-02-07 22:35:32
chrisjones

The cost, number one. Seems like a taxpayer giveaway so fracking can GO AHEAD up North there. This valley, the Peace has more to benefit BC taxpayers as is than flooded! This project will cost taxpayers' more money than it's worth!! Stop playing into industry at taxpayers' expense!!!

FernieBritish Columbia2017-02-07 23:17:51
NoryEsteban

I am writing this letter to ask you to please delay logging in Watson's Slough. The dam is years away from being built and destroying these wetlands so early will have a profound effect on wildlife especially birds.

This slough is also a valuable site for education. Children can still enjoy and learn about the value of our wetlands as they explore the diversity of vegetation and wildlife. It is worth preserving it as long as possible so schools can still offer this unique outdoor activity.

Though the project has been approved, the future is unpredictable. Just as a precaution, work in this particular area should be delayed as long as possible because once the delicate prairie wetlands is damaged, there is no turning back. I urge you to wait before the damage is irreversible.

InvermereBritish Columbia2017-02-08 00:03:45
CherylDaniels

Please delay clearcutting the section of the Peace River Valley that includes the rare and significant Watson's Slough.
The Site C Dam project makes me so sad.

West VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-08 01:53:56
DylanMcRae

Site C dam is a step backwards not only for BC and Canada, but on a global level too. While other nations are moving forward and embracing wind power, solar power, and magnetic currents, Canada is mired in blatantly irresponsible corporation-influenced decisions. What can we do to stop Site C dam and prevent Canada's legacy from being further tarnished?

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-08 03:11:49
LEONARDLIGHTFOOT

hazard to nature waste of money

Comox BCBritish Columbia2017-02-08 04:10:14
BrendaFitzpatrick

I write to request BC Hydro to consider postponing logging of Watson Slough until closer to reservoir filling.

It is my understanding that there is no immediate need to log the slough, which is quite small, and could be cleared quickly when necessary.

In the meantime, if left undisturbed, the slough, which contains the only marl fen in the ecosystem and rare tufa seeps, can continue to host widlife and birds including the red-listed Yellow Rail, and migrating birds, as well as to provide educational opportunities for local schoolchildren and to attract bird-watchers.

The area is highly valued by locals, and it would be a demonstration of respect and goodwill on the part of BC Hydro to delay logging here as long as possible.

Yours truly,

Brenda Fitzpatrick

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-08 05:39:39
Mary Guilfoyle

Farmland and wetlands are our valuable resources. We do not need another expensive dam for our electricity needs. There are alternatives.
We need these lands in order to be self sustaining in agricultue and we need to protect the natural environment for wildlife, people and climate health.

Victoria British Columbia2017-02-08 06:15:10
TerriRobins

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost FOREVER, to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:
Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s ONLY ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:
The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney, the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is extremely significant for the reasons listed above, and I concur.

The fact that Site C is going ahead makes me sad and angry for so many more reasons! The least you can do for now, is to save Watson's Slough!

FernieBritish Columbia2017-02-08 06:54:25
WinnieCornish

The wet lands are needed for a variety of wildlife also several rare bird species. Please stop ruining our environment with all you money making and greediness. More then 100 birds go there as it is their hot spot. Haven;t your money hungry ways done enough damage already.. Stop destroying the nature we have left before there is no more then what will you and your family do, it will be no good to feel sorry for the things your doing wrong now.
Thank you
.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-08 07:12:40
SophieBennett

The Peace River Valley is incredibly valuable land that would be far more useful and productive in the years to come to secure the biodiversity of BC, improving relationships with the Treaty 8 Natives, and to secure our food production. To build this dam to "keep up with BC demand" is a foolish idea when there are other avenues to that same goal. It's about time that you listened to the will of the people you are meant to be representing.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-08 16:16:33
KarenDawe

We do not need more energy - especially not to sell it to California, but we do need to invest more money, time, and research into developing alternate energy sources.

Plus, we need more environmental protection for beautiful BC and wetlands like Watson Slough. Protect Watson Slough.

In fact, stop Site C dam! Site C is a disaster.

Nanoose BayBritish Columbia2017-02-08 17:24:35
LindaNygaard

Cost
Obsolete technology
Habitat destruction
Destruction of farmland
Endangered species resident
Resident people
Indigenous rights
Apparent corruption

CourtenayBritish Columbia2017-02-08 20:46:23
karennewmoon

Please do not log and otherwise destroy the Watson Slough. Wetlands are the kidneys of the Earth as well as providing habitat for innumerable species of plants and animals.
This wetland ecosystem formed over thousands of years and to think that it could be replaced with a human-created wet zone is sheer hubris and arrogance.
The entire Site C project is ecologically unconscionable as well as unnecessary.
We need to talk about conservation, not more development.

nelsonBritish Columbia2017-02-08 21:21:49
JohnMuirhead

There are more concerns with site C dam than I can even fit on this page...And recently hearing about the flooding of the rare wetland called Watson's Slough makes that even more true.

north vancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-08 21:23:22
MaureenLyons

The whole thing is a travesty and stupid waste of money. The only reason there is a big rush right now is because Christie Clark has declared she want it to be irreversible by the time the election comes.

Don't just delay the destruction of these irreplaceable wetlands, stop the destruction of this irreplaceable ecosystem and historical lands forever. We don't need the power, it will put BC Hydro into enormous debt, it tramples indigenous rights, and it works directly against the kind of genuinely green power generation that is coming on stream, and must, for the health of our planet.

Stop it! The North and the hinterlands are so much more than one giant resource for more consumption!

WinlawBritish Columbia2017-02-08 21:27:36
CarolineWoodward

Re: the calculated and vindictive plan to bulldoze Watson Slough in mid-winter which is years before it's necessary if ever. Shame on BC Hydro, your management, your Big Project engineers who don't give a damn (sic) about the Peace River Valley and shame on your spin doctors who will have to tell generations of school children and their outraged teachers why this egregious act is "necessary". This is part of our shameless Premier's promise to "push Site C past the point of no return" so that whoever wins the election is compelled to continue or will face criticism for wasting taxpayers' money by not completing this travesty of a dam. The only thing worse than bulldozing a habitat like this in mid-winter when the only things beside plants you'd squish are frogs and snakes and salamanders would be to emulate the W.A.C. Bennett days and crunch it all up and flood the place during nesting and calving season causing the horrible deaths of many creatures. If I was still teaching social studies in the Peace, I'd form a ring of those school children, past and present (with parental permission, of course) around Watson Slough to block those bloody-minded bulldozers and I'd make sure I had cameras rolling from as many media outlets as possible. Of course, choosing to do this in mid-winter, much like the December/January public hearings a few years ago, is calculated as well to keep southern media down south, fretting about snow on the streets.

Shame as well on our smirking bald-faced "alternate facts-dispensing" Premier. There is no LNG market coming to BC. There is no need for Site C. Despite the tardy rulings by several sets of urban judges from West Vancouver and Montreal handpicked to study the legitimacy of Treaty 8 for various and sundry issues to do with fish and wildlife in their territory, both levels of government showed once again that treaties are not worth the signatures and Xs and good faith of the ancestors who signed them. The government rip-off in that regard continues. Shameless opportunists carry on, business as usual.

The value of that land, that territory, to all of British Columbia is beyond price, beyond measure. Of all the acts which have led up to this wanton destruction, this act, to announce the bulldozing of Watson Slough during World Wetlands Day, has incensed me the most. It is so deliberate, so vindictive, so utterly spiteful. I will not mince words. I truly loathe the individuals who decided this was how to really seal the fate of the Valley and fling it in the faces of the landowners who have to drive past it.

I can only wish the politicians and judges and the flunkies at BC Hydro had the empathy and imagination to immerse themselves in a cold and watery grave or the experience of being crushed like bugs and amphibians.

This is not a done deal if certain well-financed and unethical and unworthy Liberal politicians are voted out of office in May and certain others, the NDP, actually keep their promise to send Site C to the BC Utilities Commission where it should have gone for the fourth or fifth time this time around. The land will heal. It will need help and the right conditions but it will heal. But it will never be the same, ever. Flooding and bulldozing like this is not "clean or green". It is wanton destruction and it is forever. The Athabasca Delta downstream will not heal if Site C goes through. It will become something else. It will transform to another habitat and as with Watson Slough, it will be a loss of habitat and diverse species of birds in particular. Transformation. Evolution. That's what needs to happen in the B.C. Legislature and in the thinking at BC Hydro's upper echelons.

Caroline Woodward

TofinoBritish Columbia2017-02-08 21:28:25
LouiseTaylor

Site C dam is an economic and environmental disaster of immense proportions which will bankrupt BC and destroy critical wildlife habitat.

I urge you to stop the construction of this white elephant project, including the destruction of Watson Slough. This unique ecosystem is home to birds, amphibians and can not be replaced.

Stop destroying our environment for power we do not need. Nor can we afford it.

PembertonBritish Columbia2017-02-08 22:06:42
charlesbaker

It is unnecessary for our electricity requirements.
it is an environmental catastrophe
it will cost way more than it will make
what happened to solar, run of the river, tidal and wind power??

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-08 22:51:29
Colleen Campbell

Dear Hydro and Government People

Certainly you must be aware how important it is to preserve habitat as a way of saving our declining species of birds and other wildlife. It simply is not justifiable to say habitat will be recreated because piece by piece the plans of industry continue to eat up the the ecosystems of the north. Imagine being a migrating bird....you fly in on the yearly trip north and the place of food, rest, and refuge is gone....with the rapid and critical need to save habitat, throwing money and other types of management at the situation is an ineffective strategy because the damage and decline of our natural systems and climatre change are already advanced....a relentless push, piece after piece until there is so little habitat left, we lose more species. If areas are not needed, that land or water should be left in it's natural condition. There is still the possibility Site C will be halted and saner less destructive ways of providing power will be used.

Gold riverBritish Columbia2017-02-08 22:52:52
Rona-leeSchrock

-not needed
-already 2 dams on that river
-environmental damage!!!!
-displacing people from their homes
-unstable ground
-Native land and rights demolished
-flooding farmland
NOT WANTED!!!!

Dawson CreekBritish Columbia2017-02-08 23:01:48
JeffGeorge

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nature-lovers-ask-b-c-hydro-to-delay-destruction-of-rarely-seen-bird-s-nesting-ground-1.3964201

Dear Premier Clark,

I'm sending this story to you because, well, I wonder if you bother to read these sorts of stories and I believe you should read about the effect your actions have on our province. This is just one snapshot of the overall destruction your Site C dam is causing the land, the environment and the people of the Peace River valley. I find it difficult to believe that as the world celebrates World Wetlands Day you, and those who must follow your orders, are planning to destroy Watson's Slough, but you are. I also found it difficult to believe that a politician could be so callous as to destroy a valley for no good reason other than the misguided notion that it would get her elected, and yet that's what you are doing.

I have no real idea what prompts someone to want to lead a political party or a province or a country. Is it ego, as we're witnessing in the USA? Or is it the desire to make the province or the country a better place? Those are the only two reasons that come to mind but perhaps there is a third, a colder, meaner approach to governing that comes from some lack, some inability to empathize with those whose lives and concerns are vastly different from your own, and that somehow powers a desire to do some damage to those people, to use your power (granted to you not by the support of the majority of British Columbians but rather by the incompetence of Adrian Dix during an election campaign) to take away something those people care about. Like the land, or the river named Peace that means so much to so many up north. Maybe you're tired of those darned First Nations holding you ransom, not allowing you to do as you wish on land they never ceded, and thought you would screw them over by ramming this project through.

These are all possibilities but I think that, like the Donald, it's more about ego with you, and if your ego trip also punishes those who disagree with you, it's win-win, in your mind. If it's not mostly about ego then why would you not submit the Site C project for study by the BC Utilities Commission? What sort of enormous, hot-air balloon sized ego do you have trapped inside your small skull to think that you know better than the BC Utilities Commission and the massive consultations they undertook every time they studied Site C in the past. Who do you think you are to destroy a valley, 50,000 hectares, just so you can say you created some jobs come the next election? I'm sorry but that's the sort of cold-hearted action of a sociopath. Seriously, who does that? Who dams a river, destroys an ecosystem, ignores First Nations' claims, ignores the findings of the Utilities Commission, anticipates the Commission would turn down the project again and removes this safeguard that the people of BC count on, just so she can call herself Premier for four more years?

I know that your LNG dream has become a nightmare, what with the election so close, but it's verging on criminal behaviour for you to remove the safeguard that is the BC Utilities Commission from this process because, um, you know better than everyone else? You're even screwing over the private power producers, your friends ostensibly. And so, again, all indications seem to point to your ego being the problem. Maybe you think that you'll get four more years and a 'legacy.' Maybe you think that people will forget about WAC Bennett and they'll only remember Christie Clark, the premier who finished the job! But they won't. Your legacy will be Site C, if it's allowed to continue, but you will be pilloried for decades to come as the premier that put the citizens of this province in debt for generations, first from the billions spent on construction and then the billions more of debt that will accrue over decades as we sell Site C power at a loss.

If you were a true leader, who wanted to do what was best for the people of BC, you would have let the Site C project be studied by the BC Utilities Commission one more time. It was the law, until you exempted it. You bent the law when following the law was the right choice. It's why we have laws. They're there to protect us, to protect us from ourselves, in many cases, and from people like you. If the Commission had studied it and decided the project should go ahead you would have had the might of Right on your side. If they had ruled that it would cause too much damage to the environment, to the First Nations, to the landowners, to the Athabasca Delta and that it made no economic sense, then the Site C area would have been saved from your ego and you actually would have had a much better chance of being elected. There's a true example of win-win.

I have voted for the Liberal Party of BC in the past but because of your willful damage to this beautiful, productive ecosystem, your spiteful desire to get this project past the point of no return, your wanton waste of our money in this pursuit (because I trust that point will not be reached and construction will stop when you are not re-elected), I will not be voting for the LIberals this time. I will vote for the NDP because they have the best chance to defeat you, even though I don't completely trust Horgan to have the guts to stop this project, unless you announce that you've had a change of heart, an exorcism to remove your evil ego, a flash of brilliance that has allowed you to see that this is complete folly on every level.

Stop the madness.

Jeff George

TofinoBritish Columbia2017-02-08 23:14:44
EdithSchwartz

Save Watson's Slough !
No logging ! Leave it alone !

Langley CityBritish Columbia2017-02-08 23:25:48
TracyHowe

Is our Government really this blind and hate full towards wildlife that they will permit this SO NOT NEEDED stupid Dam , I hope you all feel so proud of yourselves for this destruction , I wish the animals who live there would go to your homes and destroy it !!! shame shame shame , The Liberals of B.C. are just like Trump the TROLL , time to get out of office and let the Green party in to clean up this mess !!!

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-08 23:37:31
MichaelBennett

Site C dam is a very bad idea in so many ways.
Human rights violations, unnecessary destruction of land and waters.But I know this dam will be built.
Construction will continue because hydro and government have very little respect for any views but their own. This planet is under attack by humans and it is losing.
Here in Canada we have wilderness only because of its great size. Not because of care. Great forests,wetlands and watersheds are lost because of gluttony.
You people have no integrity.
Michael Bennett
Angus Ontario

AngusOntario2017-02-08 23:55:52
JudithHarper

I am writing to ask you to delay the logging of a significant wetland in the Peace River Valley--Watsons's Slough. The clearing of the area around this important bird habitat can be delayed for at least another season. Ideally it should be delayed until all the court cases challenging the Site C dam have been heard and decided. Even once this happens, this wetland should be saved until the last minute when the resevoir for the Site C dam is ready to be filled. Give the birds a few more seasons of life.
I am also opposed to building this dam at all. It has not been demonstrated that the power is needed, nor has it been demonstrated that this is the best way to get this power if it should be needed. The dam will destroy valuable agricultural land that will be needed more urgently as climate change progresses. Once this land is under water, it will be too late.
In addition the dam will destroy land that is valuable to aboriginal peoples both spiritually and for hunting and trapping. I think that building this dam constitutes a violation of their treaty rights.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-08 23:59:10
GillianJefferson

This issue needs to be rebranded, because it isn't "us v.s. them" ... this is "RIGHT v.s. WRONG."

One day you may wake up at 3 am in a cold sweat wondering to yourself, "what have I done."

Please see reason, see logic, let the allure of profit fall to the floor where it belongs. By building the Site C Dam, which WILL destroy an entire ecosystem (no matter what you tell yourself— it will) you are showing the First Nations people, the residents of BC, the citizens of Canada, and the entire world that you do not care about our land; That you are comfortable doing the wrong thing to line someone's pockets. Building the Site C Dam is equivalent to throwing stones in a glass house. We can all see the destruction you are causing to our home. There's nowhere to hide. We see you.

Consider this:
Will your children be proud of your decision to further wound the planet you're leaving to them?

Your children certainly won't thank you.
And your children's children won't thank you.

It's time to admit when you're wrong. This is your chance to make things right— to reconsider a bad choice.

It's not too late.

Please.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-09 00:19:55
kevinjames

This Dam will cause more green house gases don't kid yourself and lie to others and me, the amount of trees (plywood, 2 x 4, 4 x 4, etc etc) that will be required for the concrete forming to be used only once then burned or buried will be staggering. There will be no use for this dam other than CLARK'S pipeline of fresh water to AMERICA, powering the FRACKING RIGS, feeding these RIGS with endless supply of water for FRACKING. WE are becoming a so called non environmental friendly, on our way to becoming a world class failure in providing excellent leadership for BRITISH COLUMBIAN'S and it's Super Natural Environment.

Sunshine CoastBritish Columbia2017-02-09 00:33:23
BernadetteKeenan

I am concerned about the loss of farmland and the impact on Food Security for our province.

Also concerned about the loss of history and the loss to farmers and people in the region.

Also there are better ways to get power.

Regarding Watson Slough:

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

The Yellow Rails, Nelson’s Sparrows, Horned grebes, Trumpeter Swans and many other waterfowl and songbirds thank you!

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-09 01:47:48
yvonnepeddemors

This project is having major issues, contractors quitting! Not getting paid on time! Further more is an environmental unnecessary! For what and when it's to be built and used! We need better forms of sustainable energy! BC needs that money for our Social Services system and to help support our Elderly healthcare. It's an abomination for our First Nations communities, the existing Dams do the work we need!

langleyBritish Columbia2017-02-09 02:12:02
DenaJensen

I endorse the request of both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) of BC Hydro to consider delaying clearing a section of the Peace River Valley including Watson's Slough, since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.

I share the concerns of wildlife biologist and Chairman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney, who indicates the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

BlaineWashington2017-02-09 02:22:14
DianaCanning

This would be such a shame to flood this area when there is a chance to have more breeding time for the endangered species. A few years more and we might be able to successfully move the animals and plants to a safer spot since the BC Government seems hell bent on destroying the Mighty Peace. Shame on them.

ChetwyndBritish Columbia2017-02-09 03:05:35
BerniceRobinson

Stop Site C dam, NOW!

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-09 03:36:23
DaxPratten

There are certain things that you can go to sleep being pleased about. Letting rare environments be destroyed is not one of those things.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-09 04:12:53
LeahJackson

Species at risk, habitat loss, destruction of agricultural land and wetlands. No thanks, lets put our money toward natural energy alternatives.

Maple RidgeBritish Columbia2017-02-09 04:58:10
ValEmbree

lost farmland, failure to respect First Nations cultural history and objectives, lack of economic benefit, lack of effort to look at better alternatives including conservation and geothermal opportunities, apparent desire to serve the LNG industry rather than other important policy objectives, impacts on significant wildlife corridors.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-09 06:11:47
TessFairbridge

Biodiversity is resilience. Let's move toward the complexity of nature rather than the chaos of financial economics. I have children. We value food, shelter, health, and clean water over money every single day. Please do the same.

BurlingtonOntario2017-02-09 06:34:18
AislingChapman

To Whom It May Concern,

I do not believe building the Site C dam will be beneficial to British Columbians as we will lose valuable and limited prime agricultural land. We will also lose many precious and unique wetlands including Watson's Slough and other wilderness areas. There are alternative ways to produce energy and I also do not support any hydro project that will contribute to the LNG industry in BC which I am vehemently against developing due to leaking methane emissions as well as overall pollution and degradation of habitat both in BC and downstream worldwide. Please consider future generations and how they will need prime agricultural land, not another unnecessary dam.

Port MoodyBritish Columbia2017-02-09 07:10:03
DerekEgan

There are cleaner alternatives to building dams. It is now well known south of the border the damage dams cause to fish habitat and the landscape. Dams emit huge amounts of greenhouse gasses from the drowning of all the vegetable matter releasing massive sums of methane. We need farmland and clean power (wind, solar, tidal, IPP's). Why are we sacrificing food security in BC in times of increasing drought south of the border by putting prime agricultural land under water? Why are we building this dam when the majority of British Columbians are opposed to it? Why doesn't the public have any say in this matter? What happened to transparency and democracy. South of the border they are tearing dams down...and here we are building a mega-dam and we, the Canadian citizenry have been left without a voice.

SlocanBritish Columbia2017-02-09 07:34:29
JOANNEHarder

We do not need another huge dam that wipes out vital agricultural land & important wetlands. This is not the future of our country. Spend the money & research where it will do some good for our grandchildren. Think of their reality, not virtual reality. Make a difference for the future. Stop this waste of taxpayers' dollars.

KamloopsBritish Columbia2017-02-09 07:55:46
sandymcnamee

Too often wetlands are looked at by people as unimportant where according to nature they are priceless in the extraordinarily unique habitat that is created in the connection of land and shallow waters that we call wetlands. They are one of the most endangered habitats in the world and we must do whatever we can to preserve them for as long as possible. Man made wetlands are never as productive. Watson's Slough is critical habitat for Yellow Rails, Horned Grebes, and a breeding ground for the iconic Trumpeter Swan. Marl fen and Tupa seep ecosystems are unique and we cannot begin to understand the depth of their value. This area must be preserved in order to respect all the songbirds and waterfowl that call this home. Some day human beings will learn that destruction of the earth leads to destruction of ourselves.

white rockBritish Columbia2017-02-09 08:22:54
doloresbaswick

Removing the farmland from the Peace has taken away food for millions. Best farmland in the north. Now they want to have a wetland. Do these people not understand the ecological importance of taking out a wetland? Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!

tofinoBritish Columbia2017-02-09 08:53:32
ElizabethWoods

We need wetlands and farm land more than we need electricity from Site C, especially since the electricity is intended for LNG.

My MLA is Maurine Karagianis

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-09 15:43:12
ChrisWarren

With so many other renewable energy sources in BC and our legal obligation to the original stedwards of the land, Site C is simply irresponsible.

SookeBritish Columbia2017-02-09 16:17:06
SeanKubara

The power it will generate is not needed.
It is geologically unsound.
It is destroying irreplaceable and invaluable ecosystems and farm land. Farm land like this is becoming a rarity, as are essential wetlands
It ignores First Nations rights.
It will line the pockets of a few at the expense of the rest of us (rising hydro rates and the big bill for construction)
It is an environmental disaster to rival oil sands.

I am heartbroken and horrified.

I have lost all faith in Canada's "ruling " politicians.

KasloBritish Columbia2017-02-09 17:14:22
CaitlinVince

I am a long-time resident of Hudson's Hope with a young family. Ever since I was a child, I have made annual trips to Watson slough to explore the biodiversity and bird watch. My young children are only now coming to the age where they can appreciate this unique habitat, so it is deeply devastating to me that they will not be able to explore the Watson slough as I did as a child.

Furthermore, I am directly related to Jimmy Watson, (the slough's namesake) so the destruction of this habitat is also a destruction of my family's heritage. Not to mention the amount of bio-diversity that can not be found elsewhere in the area that will be lost when the slough is destroyed 6 whole years earlier than is necessary.
I am very much opposed to the Site C Dam, and will be boycotting BC Hydro if this unnecessary destruction goes ahead as scheduled. You can also rest assured that I will be voting for the NDP in the upcoming provincial election, as John Horgan has come out in opposition of this monstrosity of a project.

Hudson's HopeBritish Columbia2017-02-09 17:37:47
kellybarbin

Is this an evidence based decision for the greater good of our environment and economy?
This is a precious wetland, shameful to destroy and we know that
Do we learn from our past or keep making the same mistakes

victoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-09 17:44:39
JimWright

Currently, Watson Slough, perhaps the most important ecological area in the Peace River Valley, is about to be destroyed. That area would not be flooded for many years. Is there any reason for eliminating years of ecological value, other than for Christy Clark to make a case that the damage she and the current provincial government have done is past the point of no return? I think not.

Please postpone the disgraceful destruction now.

RichmondBritish Columbia2017-02-09 18:22:54
BarbCollier

BC Hydro is beginning to clear an area of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland known as Watson's Slough. I support the Peace River Regional District and the Peace River Landowner Association's requests that ask the B.C. government to direct BC Hydro to delay the destruction of this precious wetland ecosystem.

Watson's Slough is one of a few remaining prairie pothole ecosystems remaining in the Peace River and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife including 129 species of birds of which several are rare. It is a birding hotspot!!

I am a birder and I know how many important bird ecosystems are disappearing daily. BC Hydro`s promise to please licreate a replacement wetland cannot be kept. Man cannot create what nature has created. We can protect it however, and your government should do just that. Don`t you advertise yourself as the super natural province-please live up to that billing.

Bon AccordAlberta2017-02-09 18:33:56
KateChung

The dam is not needed. There is plenty of electricity for BC needs without it.

Building the Site C dam breaks Canada's and BC's commitments to Indigenous justice and environmental responsibility.

The dam will destroy a huge area of beautiful land which includes Indigenous hunting and medicine sources.

If we really want to stop climate change, we need to preserve green areas. not replace them with dark, heat-absorbing expanses of needless water collection.

Conservation of electricity and other energy is the way to go.

TorontoOntario2017-02-09 19:08:58
bronwenevans

I am writing to ask that you please save Watsons' Slough from logging. Watsons' Slough is important for the following reasons and must be protected.

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes. please do the right thing and save Watsons' slough.
Thank you for taking the time
B.Evans

vancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-09 20:49:36
ColinWatson

I am opposed to the site C dam when alternative energy sources can be developed at similar or lss cost.

However, if it goes ahead, let's do some "last minute logging"of key environmental pockets rather than now - lkely a few years before the flood waters rise.

Pender IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-09 21:08:09
JillSchroder

BC Hydro is pushing ahead with the construction of the Site C Dam in BC, now endangering the Watson's Slough. Both the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) have asked BC Hydro to consider delaying since this important area is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away.

I urge you to uphold your constitutional obligation to respect First Nations' treaty rights (Treaty 8), halt the ongoing construction, and put any further permits for Site C on hold.

There are currently court challenges regarding the legality of the Dam construction in the courts, and any further construction must depend on the outcome of these cases. You have promised to stand up for the international human rights law including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Keep your promise and stop this Dam now, and do not let the construction proceed any further.

These are reasons enough, but there are many more compelling arguments to reject the Site C Dam:

• Site C fails First Nations, trampling on their rights, their sacred lands and destroy or contaminate their means of livelihood.
• The Dam would flood about 100 km of the Peace River and destroy valuable and fertile farmland, much needed to grow food -- and to support Canadian food security.
• There has been no independent review of costs, and the government has never investigated alternative options.
• The dam would provide power that is not needed (see recommendations from the BC Utilities Commission), and is being pushed forward only to further the fossil fuel economy. This is the wrong direction for the Province and the Country to be going.
• With alternative energy sources coming on line, and conservation improving, BC Hydro is currently paying independent power producers NOT to produce electricity due to oversupply.
• Site C is the most expensive public project in BC history, is well over budget already, and will result in huge rate increases for power over the next several years

Please do the right thing, and stop construction of the Site C Dam, and withhold all federal support for the project.

Respectfully,

Jill Schroder

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-09 23:38:03
KarenHong

I have many concerns about the Site C dam; however, foremost is the loss of Productive Northern Agricultural Land. As a committed northerner (in Prince George), food security is a very real issue.
The recent southern weather patterns and road closures drive home our susceptibility to food shortages, particularly during the winter months.

Most pressing today though is the protection of the Watson's Slough. As there still exists questions about the necessity (for British Columbians) and viability of this project, it seems prudent to at the Very Least, pause the destruction of this unique habitat. While other areas may be protected, even 'developed', of course they will not be as ecologically significant as the current Watson's Slough. Such places are Natural Treasures, which cannot be replaced. Our children and grandchildren deserve the health and diversity that we have enjoyed; while certain development is certainly needed, it is not ours to continually destroy for pure economic gain.

Thank you for your efforts to remain wise and balanced.

Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia2017-02-10 00:53:37
JenniferMortimer

I will not vote for anyone who supports Site C dam. Instead of destroying good farming land and beautiful wildlife areas, the federal and provincial governments should be investing in renewables such as geothermal, tidal, and wave power sources. British Columbia is a prime location for geothermal - why are we not learning from Iceland and exploiting it? Why are our irreplaceable wetlands and forests being destroyed instead of being used to attract tourists?

Thank you for your consideration.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-10 02:23:29
KimHanen

Stop it. Just stop it!

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-10 03:50:12
KimHanen VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-10 03:52:53
LindaKemp

My objection is that I don't see the urgency to log and damage Watson's Slough when there is no need to do the damage for years. Site c is a fiasco and my fervent hope is that it is one of the nals in the coffin of the BC Liberal government. This ego driven mega project is poorly thought out, unneeded and will cost taxpayers for decades for power to run the LNG project which will never happen. I believe the current government and their corrupt leader will be gone in May and the government that has cared only for corporations and the money they are willing to pay for bribes will be thrown out and a government that cares about the environment, the people, First Nations and the future will be chosen. Till then the damage you do should be less not more and definitely not rushed when it doesn't need to be done yet. Rushing ahead with this smacks of revenge against the public and the voters who are overwhelmingly about to ditch your incompetent government.

QuesnelBritish Columbia2017-02-10 04:09:06
DarrenGregory

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:
⦁ It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
⦁ Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
⦁ e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
⦁ The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
⦁ The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
⦁ Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
⦁ Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

I call on my Government Representatives to suspend the Site-C project. I ask for a period of waiting until the close of the BC election.

It's my strong view that this project is simply a legacy project to mark the tenure of our Premier.

It's also my view that this project proceeded without proper consultation and the expropriation of citizen land to proceed, I find quite frankly criminal.

Please revisit the issue, and take fully into account the impacts of this project upon our eco-system.

WynndelBritish Columbia2017-02-10 04:33:23
SuzanneSarioglu

My heart is broken that many still believe it is in the best interests of this land and it 's peoples to construct this dam. Who will benefit in the long run? Years from now when the debt has to be paid who will pay for it ? It will indenture our children.It will destroy the homelands of first nations people. It will destroy valuable and precious farmlands. it will devastate ,destroy unique ecosystems like Watson's slough.
We have lost our way.
Our short sightedness will cost us dearly. Not just monetarily . If you think that the loss and degradation of this land-a continuation of what is happening all over the earth- will not affect all of us personally: our health, our psychological and spiritual well being then you are deceiving yourselves.
I wish I understood the thinking that believes that we are separate from the world around us. That believes there is no connection between what we do to the earth and what we are doing to ourselves.
Stop the work on Watson's Slough and stop site C!
There are other solutions available. Time to do some really hard work and tell people the truth.I am ready to do things differently. Are you?

thetis IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-10 06:12:39
GiseleLamarche

Wetlands are irreplaceable!

TrailBritish Columbia2017-02-10 18:11:23
CarolSowerby

To whom it may concern,
I cannot understand why you wish to keep going ahead with this project. Why spend our tax dollars on a dead end project? We do not need the power that site C would produce and in order to produce this unneeded power you are prepared to destroy one of the most fertile valleys we have. It's shameful, put people and our future before profits!

Thetis IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-10 20:06:45
HilaryKnight

The Site C dam is environmental madness. All the arguments against it that could be made have been made, but the government persists in this lunacy. A huge swathe of beautiful, productive, ecologically sensitive and historically important land will be flooded so that--what? So we can continue to over-consume. It makes me bloody weep. Utter willful, gratuitous stupidity. Why don't we ever learn? Clark and her rabble are bloody morons. This isn't the nineteen-fifties. We know better now.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-10 21:29:50
KellyStewart

Leave the valley alone already!!! The losses are too great!

Fort St JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-10 21:45:10
Ava PChristl

Last night I attended "Save the Peace: a public forum on the costs and consequences of the Site C dam" in Victoria. Later I watched the film, "The Borneo Case" about the logging and damming and destruction of indigenous homeland in Sarawak, Borneo. The similarities were, and are, profound. The disregard for the land and waters, for all the human and other-than-human life that is supported by those lands is appalling. Why do some people continue to put profit-for-a-few above people and place? The Site C Dam is an unnecessary project - we do not need the power; we have other, smaller scale and greener ways that cost less to create what power we may need in the future. And there is absolutely no way to replace or compensate for the loss of habitat - wetlands, forests, waterways, ecosystems - and for the loss of generations of human habitat including ancestral burial grounds, lands used for traditional hunting and fishing, and present day farmland and homes.

You may view these wetlands as "useful" only for a few ducks and moose. But these wetlands support habitat and create microclimates and are part of the overall north easter ecosystem. Each system is unique and supports the other neighbouring habitats. Without one, there is no other.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-10 21:53:55
RobertKjelsrud

The need for this project has not been adequately stated so I am unconvinced as to the merits of the project. The loss of productive farmland, the resulting GHG's, the 70+ year debt and the refusal of the government to allow a proper review by the BC Utilities Commission has convinced me that this is a projected that should be halted immediately to proceed only after proper reviews are complete.

RBert Kjelsrud
Horsefly, B.C.

HorseflyBritish Columbia2017-02-10 23:38:44
LorraineDotson

It's not needed. It's too expensive. There are other options. It would be an environmental disaster. It's heartbreaking. Please do not clear the land around the beautiful Watson's Slough.

ChetwyndBritish Columbia2017-02-11 00:58:45
CynthiaTansley

Last Thursday was World Wetlands Day and ironically, BC Hydro planned to begin clearing a section of the Peace River Valley that includes a rare and significant wetland – Watson’s Slough.

Why does this worry me? Because this slough AND THE LAND AROUND IT are a home to many birds and some rare birds: the Yellow Rail, Nelson's Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow, Horned Grebe and breeding Trumpeter Swans. It is a stopover for migrating birds.

The Slough itself is unusual contain marl fen an tufa seep ecosystms.It is a destination for birders from all across the continent.

Site C dam itself will flood rich agricultural land which is senseless when BC should be lessening dependence on imported food.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-11 02:00:13
markdalton

Hello,

I recently learned that B.C. Hydro want to start clearing the Watson's Slough area. This is unnecessary since that area will not be flooded for a number of years (assuming the dam will ever be built). It is a very important wetland area for wildlife so please delay this activity until the last possible moment.

But more importantly stop this whole project from proceeding any further. The power this dam will supply is not required. The dam will flood some of our most productive agricultural land in the province. It destroys the habitat of birds and animals. Is outrageously expensive. Please stop this madness. Maybe Christy Clark sees his as her legacy project, I don't know. She should spend more effort making good governance her legacy.

Thank you.

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-11 03:52:04
melodiemartin

I am opposed to having Watson's Slough logged off seven years earlier than needed. This area is so important for birdlife. There are 129 species observed at the site. This is a rare and significant wetland so what is the rush to destroy it? It is one of the few remaining prairie-pothole ecosystems left in the area. Your plans to log if now do not make any sense to a rational person.

seattleWashington2017-02-11 04:12:29
Kraig and ValerieSchweiss

Why does progress almost always mean some sort of destruction, devastation, or upheaval? Site C is just that: 1) destruction of what is already a natural wonder of forests, wetlands, trails, as well as agricultural areas where crops of tomatoes, corn, cantaloupe, and watermelon grow farther north than expected; 2) devastation to the Peace River Valley and Watson's Slough, the First Nations' ability to carry out their traditional sacred practices and rights plus the devastation to 337 archaeological sites and ancestral grave sites; 3) upheaval for all of the wildlife like foxes, bears, Mountain Whitefish, and deer, but most especially the birds, of which 129 different species have been observed and catalogued, some as rare as Yellow Rails, Nelson's Sparrows, Le Conte's Sparrow, Horned Grebes, breeding Trumpeter Swans, Canada Cap May and Bay-breasted Warblers and other migratory birds enroute to and from the Arctic. But most of all, what about the children and their parents and/or teachers who travel to learn, recreate, and enjoy the beauty of the land and the freshness of the water and the interesting habitats of all the animals of the land, water, and air? WHY BUILD SUCH MASSIVE, MARRING STRUCTURES THAT WILL FOREVER SCAR A TRULY MAJESTIC PLACE OF PEACE RIVER VALLEY?

SterlingIllinois2017-02-11 05:48:46
ruthriddell

-the terrible environmental destruction to create power we do not need is unbelievable!
It is ridiculous that Watson Sough is being cleared for the purposes of filling the Site C dam reservoir which is at least 7 years away!!

STOP this NOW, please!

saltspring islandBritish Columbia2017-02-11 06:45:27
AnnetteWitteman

As a BCHydro Cistomer and Share Holder I am requesting you wait to fell any trees in the site C Dam area.I have not been convinced by the BC liberals that this project is nessisary and As I and My Children and my children's children will be the ones paying for it you I believe my request is most valid.Even if There are only 7 years of life left in this beautiful wet lands and these trees who are doing their job breathing for us and our Earth. It is important to wait. if This problematic project does succeed in being stopped then you will have done a great disservice to the area if it was prematurely logged.

Sincerely
Annette Witteman. And my children Jasper and Grace

Mayne IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-11 17:14:08
RenataColwell

Watson's Slough is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species. It is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years. e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America. The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.

Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

VIctoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-11 21:27:25
RosemaryPogue

Your haste to destroy Watson's Slough seven years before the Site C reservoir will be filled is incomprehensible. It is a birding hotspot, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife including several rrare bird species. It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region. The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular. The e-Bird website lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date. Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding. If BC Hydro plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere. Watson's Slough should be left until those 'replacement' wetlands are built, so birds from Watson's Slough could be introduced to the new areas. To destroy this area in haste is nothing but an antisocial, spiteful action. Please do not procede with these plans.

Shawnigan LakeBritish Columbia2017-02-11 21:40:45
ErnieSiemens

This has to be the most ill advised waster of public money that we have seen in the province of BC in at least the last 25 years. Logging the area around Watson's Slough is not necessary at this time especially as we have a provincial election coming in a few months and hopefully a new government will put a halt to this extremely expensive and totally unnecessary project. Watson's Slough is a rare and significant wetland that numerous species of bird life need to exist. It can't be duplicated by man made efforts. Even if the very stupidly conceived building of the Site C Dam goes ahead it will be at least 7 years before this site needs to be logged and that would give the bird species that much more time to utilize this wetland and give birders and school children that many more years to visit this site and learn about the many species of birds that use it. It is absolutely unnecessary to log the Watson Slough site at this time. Please, please stop and leave this site alone at least until it becomes apparent that the Site C Dam is definitely going to be finished, something that will be the irrevocable mistake of the century.

KelownaBritish Columbia2017-02-11 22:25:59
ZoeOppenheim

We are at a point in time when we should be investing in renewable energy, absolutely not clearing wetlands and building power sources to supply the extraction of fossil fuels. If the need to fill the Site C dam reservoir isn't for another 7 years, why destroy this precious and important ecosystem now? It's time the BC government puts the health of it's people and the environment ahead of greed.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-12 18:58:01
RosemaryPartridge

We simply cannot keep destroying habitat - especially for a project whose worth has not been demonstrated.
We are not the only inhabitants of the planet - when in God's name are we going to learn?

Saltspring IslandBritish Columbia2017-02-12 19:17:35
Sarah-LynneFindlay

This is obsolete technology. We can get any power we need (still debatable) with less destructive technology. We need this farmland and the wilderness as well. There are serious concerns about the dam in conjunction with fracking. Other jurisdictions are demolishing dams and restoring rivers. The people of BC cannot afford to pay for this boon-doggle. We should be applying resources to wasting less energy. Habitat destruction is not acceptable in the 21st century. Historic sites are being destroyed. All the statistics around the project from cost to jobs created to who needs the energy and who will pay for it are disputed. This whole project shows a complete lack of respect for British Columbians and the environment.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-12 20:30:58
RACHAELGRIFFIN

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland!

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-12 22:34:48
MarinaSzijarto

There are so many concerns about this project, habitat loss, animal,bird and plants loss that can't be recovered, the loss of prime fertile soils that we need to protect for future generation, food security issues - the world we are choosing to build is unsustainable and it's irresponsible.
As many studies show, one can't just ' relocate' an ecosystem, and we are arrogant to think we can.
Please save these lands and and in particular Watsons Slough, please leave the habbitat,especially as it does not need to be cleared at this point in time !

Site C and the Massey Bridge project will cost us not only billions, but environmental losses that we won't truly know of until it is too late. Please consider saving what makes BC beautiful!

Thanks you

Richmond British Columbia2017-02-13 04:43:41
KathyJarvis

Please do not destroy the beautiful Watson's Slough area. I am originally from Washington State, still have family there, and have traveled extensively in BC over the years -- often to visit birding "hot spots" like this.

Please preserve this crucial wetland, for the sake of the people who live there, and of the people who enjoy visiting and, most importantly, for the wildlife who depend on it.

At the very least, please do not obliterate the slough now, when the need for the area as part of the dam's reservoir is still years away.

Please.

Thank you for your attention.

BedfordMassachusetts2017-02-13 13:58:43
WilliamTMeyer

Please create a public rapid transit project for the Vancouver island corridor and proper sewage treatment plan for Victoria. There are better choices - infrastructure development for the people of bc that creates jobs and creates profit for the people who live here.

There are better investment alternatives where the money can be spent in bc We do not need to destroy the environment to get people to work or compete on a global market. We can create jobs in health, education, technology, , manufacturing and government.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-13 14:10:18
EvelynHunter

Humans need nature more than nature needs humans. As the wild one go we will as well.

we all know as you all know that birds are already in jeopardy as we take more an more territory this must stop.

WATSON'S SLOUGH

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

YoubouBritish Columbia2017-02-13 16:53:37
StephanieHrehirchuk

The impact of this project is too far-reaching to be considered of benefit. The wide-spread destruction of wetlands, nesting grounds, natural habitat and precious ecosystems is not a price any Canadian should be willing to pay for convenience.

Find a better way. There are many. Make conservation your focus or we will one day wake up to a bleak future for our natural areas, with irreversible damage to not only the environment, but to our own health.

Make the stewardship of areas such as the Peace River Valley and Watson's Slough a priority. Canada was once a leader in conservation of wild places and sustainable technological advancement. It's time to take the lead again.

Let's find a better way. One that promotes a sustainable future.
Thank you,
Stephanie

CalgaryAlberta2017-02-13 19:01:46
LavernOrvis

It's bad enough we are being forced to live with this unnecessary nonsensical project but to clear and fill this significant wetland 7 years before it may be necessary is absolutely asinine.

ChetwyndBritish Columbia2017-02-13 20:30:55
Danielle Baxter

I have spent time in the beautiful, culturally significant, historically rich and environmentally irreplaceable Peace River valley, and it appalls me that this precious place is being so needlessly and stupidly destroyed. The outcome of the recent federal election rekindled optimism and encouraged hope for new allies in preservation of the Mighty Peace and respect for those - both human and wild - whose lives have roots deep in this river and this land. Sadly, it appears this hope may have been misplaced.

You are in a position of enormous responsibility, and your decisions regarding the Peace River ecosystem will have effects that last far longer than your political career or even your lifetime. The destruction for which you may be responsible cannot be reversed. Please consider this with great care in making choices profoundly affecting others, the consequences of which you will never directly experience or fully comprehend.

LangleyBritish Columbia2017-02-13 21:53:19
EoghanMoriarty

7 years ahead of schedule.
Beyond the point of no return is a savage way to operate on behalf of the citizens of anywhere.

Please listen to the almost 600 people who have asked to halt plans to clear this important ecosystem.

DeltaBritish Columbia2017-02-14 01:04:58
JohnDafoe

Watson's Slough, one of a legion of atrocities perpetrated on the land and people of the Peace River Valley. Site C has been proven to be unnecessary and an abuse of power. How many people, how much habitat, how much prime agricultural lands and callous abuse of 1st nations is the central government of B.C. willing to perpetrate? Shame! for decades of abuse of citizens, wildlife species and prime habitats. Do the right thing and stop Site C.

Halfmoon BayBritish Columbia2017-02-14 01:20:21
PeterHarper

Please reconsider destroying this valuable and sensitive wetlands in light of possible injunctions against the dam construction proceeding

N VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-14 02:07:37
StevenJohnston

Dear Sirs and Madames,

I am voicing my opposition to the Site C Dam.

Please Do Not Log Watsons Slough!

SurreyBritish Columbia2017-02-14 02:22:54
RogerBryenton

Not needed. Waste of billions! At least 10 alternatives! Destroying farmland, First Nations, fisheries, CO2 sequestration in land, forest and plants.

Stupid project!

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-14 05:55:30
NancyGarland

Enough of government not listening!! There is NO NEED for this dam other than to feed the extraction of fossil fuels that will kill our planet. The fish and habitat that would be destroyed to extract lng that will cost more to get out of the ground than it will bring at market, is short sighted, to say the least. Watson slough, the unique habitat it provides rare and endangered species is much more important to me than the 1% getting richer. We do not need this dam.
Every other country in the world, including China is investing in clean energy, I demand my government do the same.
Respect Indigenous cultures, you are talking about their land, Turtle Island. Yes all of it is theirs, they didn't sell or give it away.
Christy Clark and the Lieberals have been a vaguely hidden shadow front for industry, bought lock stock and barrel by anyone with deep enough pockets.
I worry about what kind of world we are leaving behind, especially now, with America being run by oligarchs. Canada needs to step up and be a leader, not a follower in green energy.
I will be voting with site c dam in mind, if you back it, you will not get my vote, period. NDP take notice, No Site C Dam, No pipelines and no tankers. That's what I will be voting for.
A new vision for B.C.

Campbell RiverBritish Columbia2017-02-14 17:09:52
EvaGersbach

According to local wildlife biologist and Chariman of the Timberline Trail and Nature Club, Mark Phinney the loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant because:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
It’s a widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the Slough to date.
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods thus bolstering the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create 'replacement' wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson's Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.
Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children:

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for educating school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-14 17:11:54
ChristopherCook

As a party professing concerns about the economic welfare of British Columbia's families, I'm shocked and dismayed by the poor, short-sighted fiscal judgement you BCLiberals have exhibited in your decision to move ahead with the Site C dam project. I'm sure you've heard all your opponent's points about why the project should have remained on the shelf, how it will bankrupt the already crippled BC Hydro, how the electricity is not needed within the province, and how the conservation and development of renewable alternatives would serve the province far better now and into the future, how the bulldozing of the project over First Nations concerns and treaties takes us back to the worst days of the last century, how even the chairman of the review panel set up to hear citizen concerns over this generational disaster-to-be slammed both the project and the consultation process itself, how Site C flies in the face of our stated provincial and national objections to reduce Greenhouse Gas production and emissions, and of course you're full aware of the irreplaceable sacrifice this project demands of our farmers and the natural environment, so I won't bore you by reiterating that here. All I want to let you know as the government in power, and you NDP, the official opposition, is: I will oppose whomever supports this project politically entirely.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-14 19:31:21
ryanmacdonald

Not necessary and destroying our beautiful British Columbia Land.

abbotsfordBritish Columbia2017-02-15 01:12:40
RobertaKing

Don't need it and destroying farmland, First Nations land and forest. Too heavy a burden on taxpayers.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-17 10:18:35
LynnGates

Wetlands have been rapidly shrinking across Canada, and we need to stop destroying our biodiversity.

HamiltonOntario2017-02-17 17:14:27
TinaPearson

The development of the Site C Dam is devastating for British Columbia - its people, its waterways, its land, its sustainability. It is difficult to understand how government and industry leaders, who apparently believe in the values that support protection of biospheres, cultures, and sustainable food production, and who have so many resources at their disposal, can justify this project when considering the future of all of us. This project is destructive in so many ways, and displays an astonishing lack of creativity, knowledge and wisdom. I implore you to honestly take a look at what all of us are saying. It will not cost you anything to really listen and consider before going full speed ahead with this project. Listen to Treaty 8. Listen to the Defenders of Peace Valley. Listen to all of the environmental, Indigenous, and other groups who have done much research about alternatives to this project. Listen to what will be lost - not temporarily but forever. Please think about your great grandchildren, and what you might want to be remembered for. Seriously please consider this. We cannot afford to lose more wilderness, more traditional lands, more species, habitat, and more agricultural land.

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-17 19:06:53
CarolineTansley

I don't want my tax dollars going toward the unneeded and environmentally destructive site c dam.

Please delay logging at Watson's Slough.

Caroline Tansley

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-17 21:06:08
johndavies

1. It is an economic disaster, destroying BCH's ability to deliver affordable electricity to BCers forever. And destroying BC's most productive agricultural lands, and wilderness tourism values, forever.

2. It is an environment disaster on a global scale.

3. It is only a sad monument to CC's massive ego and a trough for Liberal Party donor's.

4. It is only possible through dictatorial avoidance of public processes which would have brought out the truth.

5. Where are the personal and criminal liabilies for politicians who run rough shod over our values?

salt spring islandBritish Columbia2017-02-17 21:11:19
HeatherSjoblom

Dear Mr. Pimm,

Please save Watson’s Slough and prevent the Site C project from logging it. The slough is significant for the following reasons:

It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but from my experience, these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.
Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

Loss of unique educational opportunity for local school children

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

Sincerely,
Heather Sjoblom

Fort St. JohnBritish Columbia2017-02-18 00:52:26
ClaudiaFrench

I do not believe that site C dam is at all necessary. It appears that we will be destroying pristine, forest and agricultural land to provide hydro electric power that is not needed and will never be able to recoup the costs either financially or environmentally.

Salt Spring Island British Columbia2017-02-18 23:24:19
DonaldPetticoats

I really can't understand why bc hydro feels the need to destroy our beautiful valley for power that's not needed when that valley has the potental to feed northern bc and could also provide power at the same time through other means please stop trying to destroy the valley and let us use the land for growing food and enjoying nature like it should be

Fort St. John British Columbia2017-02-19 03:44:24
Lisa Anderson

It's hard to watch this happening. So wrong and short cited. I'm not sure how some of you sleep at night. This is ridiculous and you know it.

Williams lake British Columbia2017-02-19 05:46:17
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 New Hampshire2017-02-19 23:48:59
BrendaErven

I DO NOT agree with Site C. We DO NOT need more hydro in B.C.--we are already being overcharged for the hydro we have now, considering the surplus!!!! We will be paying for this dam for decades, for hydro we DON'T NEED!!! B.C. should be showing leadership on climate issues. Flooding the Peace River is a DISGUSTING action on the part of Christy Clark!! She is NOT listening to the TAXPAYERS of this province---and we WILL fight back!!!!

VictoriaBritish Columbia2017-02-20 02:14:02
ZavierVaillancourt

Logically, when pros and cons are lined up side by side, cons vastly outweigh pros with respect to infringement of native land and rights, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem degradation, loss of traditional land and historical areas, not to mention some of the best class 1 farm land that Canada has to offer.

Financially, being a B.C. resident and having to pay taxes for site c for the next 80+ years makes no sense not does the insane amount of up front capital required.

Why is site c still going through?

New westminsterBritish Columbia2017-02-20 04:37:16
LeslieLEWINGTON

Include the loss of important habitat, heritage sites, and food production land, to provide hydroelectricity, which will only be used by foreign owned companies, while being paid for my the households of B.C. for generations.

Sidney (formerly Ft.St.John)British Columbia2017-02-20 06:16:56
LeslieLEWINGTON

Include the loss of important habitat, heritage sites, and food production land, to provide hydroelectricity, which will only be used by foreign owned companies, while being paid for my the households of B.C. for generations.

Sidney (formerly Ft.St.John)British Columbia2017-02-20 06:19:02
ANNEKRAMER

this Dam is not going to be cost effective. That destructionn of wetlands is too high a cost to our wildlife, and to the farmers and first nations. We have no right to destroy our inheritance.
Renewable energy is the way of the futures.

North VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-21 00:25:36
petermarshall

A waste of money on a project not needed, I truly hope it fails , BC Hydro has been decimated by Bad policy , per Rafe Mare's Articles (and others) 9 billion tossed down the drain ?
Same disaster as LNG Run of river .Have not read anything positive about any of them
Bad Policies , Politico EGO's, and Taxpayer/end user eventually get's the bill for breakfast.
I have a Autistic daughter and the struggle I see at this end is Sad
Money could be used better elsewhere

squamishBritish Columbia2017-02-22 02:42:54
PaulDylla

Over and over, facts have shown that the Site C dam is not necessary and will not pay for itself. In addition, a beautiful slough is being destroyed.

The loss of Watson’s Slough to the Site C project is significant for the following reasons:

- It is one of few prairie-pothole type wetlands remaining in the Peace region and provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including several rare bird species.
- Watson’s Slough is widely known as a birding hotspot, and is listed as such on the e-Bird website – where more than 100 bird checklists have been for Watson’s Slough over the past 7 years.
- e-Bird lists 129 bird species observed at the slough to date
- The Peace area of BC is a common birding destination for individual birders and organized tours from across western North America.
- The forested area around the slough is relatively small, but important to birds in particular.
- Delaying destruction of this area would allow both visiting and local birders to continue to enjoy the site. It would also allow the local birdlife (including the rare species) to raise a few more broods and help bolster the local population before their habitat is lost to flooding.
- Undoubtedly, BC Hydro has plans to create ‘replacement’ wetlands elsewhere, but these rarely produce the same habitat conditions as natural wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has done some habitat management at Watson’s Slough, but it is still primarily a natural wetland.

Birds and other natural values found in Watson’s Slough:

- Yellow Rail – a red-listed ‘species of concern’; Nelson’s Sparrow’, Le Conte’s Sparrow; Horned Grebe; breeding Trumpeter Swans; and many more
- Several neotropical birds use the slough on their annual migratory routes
- The Slough contains the area’s only ‘marl fen’ ecosystem – created by lime-rich marlstone seeping into a wetland as well as several uncommon ‘tufa seep’ ecosystems.

The Slough has served as a unique and comprehensive site for learning for school children in the area for decades. Annual visits allowed them to dip nets and examine the living things they found in the pond water, walk the shoreline to learn about the diversity of vegetation and learn to identify different species of ducks through spotting scopes.

It is time to think about nature as a valuable asset, and not just the political points and dollars that can be earned from the destruction of Watson's Slough.

RichmondBritish Columbia2017-02-22 23:48:40
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 Virginia2017-02-23 22:09:06
KimKondra

You're relentless efforts to ravage the planet are self serving to a few elitists. Stop destroying the earth for profit, you are poisoning your own children/family in the process.

VancouverBritish Columbia2017-02-24 06:05:56
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About This Campaign

This campaign to generate public comments to the Federal and BC governments on the proposed Site C dam is organized by Peace Valley Environment Association.

The Peace Valley Environment Association was formed in 1975 to counter the proposal by BC Hydro and Power Authority to build the Site C dam and power station on the Peace River, 18km upstream from Taylor and 6.5km southwest of Fort St. John, BC.

PVEA will continue to work to ensure that the court of public opinion against Site C is loud and clear! Our organization works collaboratively with a number of other groups including Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), BC Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club BC and Treaty 8 Tribal Association. Additionally, funding supported has been gratefully received from West Coast Environmental Law’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, Vancouver Foundation, Y2Y, BC Women’s Institute and many generous individuals.

Site C is not in the best interests of British Columbians for a multitude of reasons ranging form economic, social, cultural and environmental. It will result in an oversupply of power for many years and will cost BC Hydro ratepayers billions of dollars. If and when additional power sources are required in the province, there are many better and less expensive alternatives.

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Aerial Filming

This video of the Peace River Valley was created by Eoghan Moriarty from Mindagape Creative.