It has been a busy winter on the Kemano T2 Project. Since the tunnel boring machine (TBM) broke through last October, it has been dismantled and removed, and the project is on schedule for completion.

In this issue of the Kemano T2 Project newsletter, learn about what’s next on the project and our commitment to the environment as we protect Coastal Tailed Frogs, the only frog species in North America that breed in cold mountain streams.

Flow Facts: 1 April to 7 April 2022

  • Reservoir level is 2793.21 feet, which is unchanged in the past 7 days.
  • Currently, Skins Lake Spillway discharge is ~40 m3/s, where it will be maintained until approximately mid-April, in accordance with the Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program guidelines.
  • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows: 
    • Flow at Nautley increased from 11 m3/s to 14 m3/s
    • Flow at Cheslatta increased from45 m3/s to 46 m3/s
    • Flow at Vanderhoof increased from 55 m3/s to 75 m3/s
  • Sixteen (16) mm of precipitation was observed last week and ten (10) mm of precipitation is expected next week.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity, can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.

It was a busy year in 2021 on the Kemano T2 Project. Tl’ughus, the tunnel boring machine broke through to complete its 7.6 kilometre journey to finish a 16 kilometre second tunnel that was started in the early 1990s.

And while we speak a lot about the new bored tunnel and the impressive tl’ughus, we also have a whole team dedicated to refurbishing a part of the tunnel that was bored in the 1990s. The work comprises thorough cleaning of the rock, rock bolting, and shotcrete spraying, among others.

You can read more about this work, our Kemano bears and our dedicated team in the latest project newsletter.

What does it mean to be a community builder?

We believe it starts with a shared foundation of trust; focusing on people first to build a stronger economy for all British Columbians; and invest in a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and our shared environment.

Communities, after all, are where our people, our greatest assets, live, build families, and will thrive for generations. How we, as industry, invest and intersect with communities will define our future success.

It is our commitment to continue to find innovative ways to help our people and our communities thrive, and to embrace a collaborative approach to this work.

Check out the video we developed with our many community partners from Kitimat to Vanderhoof.

We are looking for a Superintendent, Nechako Watershed Operations to provide leadership and presence to all aspects of reservoir operations, progressing and delivering projects works and working with local First Nations and community leaders to progress water stewardship initiatives on the Nechako River and Reservoir. This role is based in Burns Lake, BC. To learn more and apply:

Advisor Communities and Social Performance – Nechako Watershed Region (18-month term)

We are looking for a Community Social Performance Advisor with strong interpersonal and proven strategic skills to contribute to our Aluminium division’s CSP team in Northwest, British Columbia. You will be part of a cross-disciplinary group of colleagues throughout the province in building collaborative and lasting relationships with community partners.

The role is for a fixed-term duration of 18 months, and can be based in Vanderhoof or Burns Lake, BC. To learn more and apply click here .

Research Manager Jeremy Morris and team of UNBC researchers visited Otter Creek as part of the multi-year NSERC/Rio Tinto Industrial Research Chair program in Climate Change and Water Security project. The monitoring of temperatures in the Nechako watershed will provide the team with data to train a computer model to stimulate water temperature everywhere in the basin and help the team to gauge fish health under various climate scenarios.

5 October 2021

Skins Lake Spillway discharge will be increased gradually commencing this afternoon.