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Boaters urged to be cautious near Site C

Boaters are reminded that the section of the Peace River around the Site C dam site is permanently closed. BC Hydro diverted the Peace River in October 2020 to begin building the dam across the main river channel, while keeping the river flowing.
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Crews clean the bedrock and excavate the dam core area where the earthfill dam will be constructed, April 2021.

Boaters are reminded that the section of the Peace River around the Site C dam site is permanently closed.

BC Hydro diverted the Peace River in October 2020 to begin building the dam across the main river channel, while keeping the river flowing.

"Being on or near the water around the Site C construction area presents a serious safety risk to river users," BC Hydro said in a public advisory. "Boaters are urged to stay away from the area and observe and obey all signage and beacons."

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BC Hydro says hazards include:

  • Debris floating in the river

  • Accumulations of debris on booms, which are strung across the river

  • Changing river levels, particularly in areas immediately upstream of the dam site

  • Strong undertows and fast-moving water flowing through the two river diversion tunnels.

A seasonal portage program has been set up to transport non-motorized vessels by road past the dam. The program operates between the Halfway River boat launch and the Peace Island Park boat launch from May 15 to September 15.

For more info, visit www.sitecproject.com/boating or call 1-877-217-0777.