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Just letting everyone know there is an open house which fisheries will be attending to hear people concerns about having 3 private power ruin-of-river projects in the Harrison Valley, in a addition to the 5 or so already operating. More info from the EAO here:

In order to provide information to the public about theApplication, and to receive comments from the public, theEnvironmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO)invites the public to attend an Open House to be held:
at: Evergreen Hall, Cheam Room
9291 Corbould Street, Chilliwack BC

on: Thursday, January 19, 2012from: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
At 7:00 p.m. there will be a presentation by the EAO on theprocess with an opportunity to ask questions about theprocess. A second presentation will also be given by theProponent in relation to the proposed Projects.
If you are unable to attend the Open House, you may stillwish to make a written submission. There are 30 days for thesubmission of comments by the public in relation to theApplication. The comment period will begin on January 11,2012 and end on February 9, 2012. All comments receivedduring this comment period will be considered.

Here is a previous post about Big Silver on this forum:


http://www.bcfishingreports.com/forums/threads/9681-BIG-SILVER-CREEK-amp-CLEAR-CREEK-HOTSPRINGS

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Thanks for the heads up. I won't be able to make it but will be sure to let my opinion known by email. If you have the time please attend. This is a gem of a river and has provided a lot of great memories in the past.
 

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Thanks for the info and links,, when you look at the ippwatch website, there is a ton of applications out there to ruin our pristine rivers.. Having lived on Van Isle for the past 10 years, access to backcountry is getting stymied by gates and fences around the se power projects. I was used to using old logging roads and trails for access to the alpine for climbing and ski touring, and now a lot of access is closed unless you bushwhack for a couple of km's around them, not so easy with big packs and skiis on your backs. So much of this is being pushed forward without any real public consultation. Sure glad the people of the Matsqui Abby area stood up against the privatizing of their water supply system in the last election. How long before another muny tries this again. If the water belongs to everybody we all should have a say. off to write more emails to the gov about these projects
 
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