Need For Watershed Plan Even Greater

By Cheryl Jahn
December 17, 2018 - 4:01pm Updated: December 17, 2018 - 5:40pm

VANDERHOOF - With the wildfires of 2018 still raw, the community of Vanderhoof is crying even harder for a water use plan for the entire Nechako Basin, which covers an area the size of Switzerland.

"Our community has asked for a water use plan, where the values fit in with Rio Tinto Alcan," explains Wayne  Salewsky with the Nechako Environment & Water Stewardship Society. "The Province has refused to do that. They want Rio Tinto to lead that program and everybody sees that as a challenge."

The forest fires within the watershed are also concerning.

"We put out a statement of concern," says Brian Frenkel with the District of Vanderhoof. "We had 400,000 hectares burn within the watershed and we want to make sure that everyone's aware of what that means, or could mean to the watershed."

Salewsky says the Province owns the watershed and it's time it took some responsibility for it. The Nechako watershed is on the only one without a water use plan in BC.


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