PRRD being ignored by BC Hydro on Blackfoot Park boat launch

Peace River Regional District directors are being ignored by BC Hydro regarding the potential of a boat launch at Blackfoot Regional Park.

Regional district directors says the Crown corporation is refusing to provide a boat launch as part of Site C obligations.

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“They’re basically telling us that they’re not going to deal with us anymore on this, period. And I’ve just got my stubborn up here, I don’t want to stop,” said Director Karen Goodings, maintaining that BC Hydro is responsible for providing the launch.

BC Hydro provided a timeline in a February 20, 2020 letter to the regional district, detailing the technical reasons for the cancellation of the launch.

High flood risk, high construction costs due to complexity, and recreational surveys citing low recreation use compared to Peace Island Park were the top three reasons given when the launch was officially cancelled on August 19, 2013.

Blackfoot was recently closed on July 6 due to flooding brought on by excess rain.

Three new boat launch and day-use sites are being planned as part of Site C’s outdoor recreation mitigation plan, replacing three public boat launch sites that will be flooded by the project. Halfway River, Lynx Creek, and the D.A. Thomas Ferry Landing are the three sites that will be flooded.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

 

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