Powell River Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons says the report on run or river power projects released this week highlights the need for better monitoring and oversight.
The Pacific Salmon Foundation study looked at 44 projects, and around half were on the Sunshine Coast or Vancouver Island. While it concludes the likely risk to salmon form the projects is low, it’s impossible to say for sure because there isn’t enough data.
Simons says he’s glad to see the report, and that the industry participated. But he also says it shows up a hole in the regulation and monitoring of IPPs
Simons says what’s needed is a look at the so-called cumulative impacts of taking into account the number of projects in one area, road building and power line construction.