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Welcome to Rio Tinto's new online community where we want to engage with you about all things Nechako Reservoir.

We want to improve the way we engage with you. We will post frequent updates about our operations, actively listen to your feedback, respond to your questions and increase transparency in how we make decisions.

Your voice matters - so please get involved today!



Welcome to Rio Tinto's new online community where we want to engage with you about all things Nechako Reservoir.

We want to improve the way we engage with you. We will post frequent updates about our operations, actively listen to your feedback, respond to your questions and increase transparency in how we make decisions.

Your voice matters - so please get involved today!



  • Nechako Reservoir Update - September 16, 2021

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    Reporting Period: September 10 to September 16, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2796.30 feet to 2796.11 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is being maintained at approximately 80 m3/s throughout September in consideration of reduced power generation and the Chinook spawning season.
    • Six (6) mm of precipitation was observed last week and twenty (20) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley is unchanged at 13 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 97m3/s to 86 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 74 m3/s to 65 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Community Leaders - Information Sharing

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    Rio Tinto is providing bi-weekly updates to community leaders in the Nechako Watershed. The intent of each update is to review new information on snowpack, river forecasts, and flow management. You can access the three most recent presentations by clicking on the links below, or access any of the presentations in our document library here.

    Community Presentation - September 15, 2021

    Community Presentation - September 1, 2021

    Community Presentation - August 25, 2021













  • Nechako Reservoir Updates - September 9, 2021

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    Reporting Period: September 3 to September 9, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2796.42 feet to 2796.30 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is being maintained at approximately 80 m3/s throughout September in consideration of reduced power generation and the Chinook spawning season.
    • Seventeen (17) mm of precipitation was observed last week and eight (8) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 15 m3/s to 13 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 129 m3/s to 97 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 96 m3/s to 74 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - September 2, 2021

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    Reporting Period: August 27 to September 2, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2796.57 feet to 2796.42 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is being maintained at approximately 80 m3/s throughout September in consideration of reduced power generation and the Chinook spawning season.
    • Twelve (12) mm of precipitation was observed last week and eleven (11) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 17 m3/s to 15 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 249 m3/s to 129 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 173 m3/s to 96 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Nechako Reservoir Updates - August 26, 2021

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    Reporting Period: August 20 to August 26, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2796.88 feet to 2796.57 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge was recently decreased to approximately 80 m3/s and is expected to be maintained throughout September in consideration of reduced power generation and the Chinook spawning season.
    • Twelve (12) mm of precipitation was observed last week and thirteen (13) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 21 m3/s to 17 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 318 m3/s to 249 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 270 m3/s to 173 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Nechako Reservoir Updates - August 19, 2021

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    Reporting Period: August 13 to August 19, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2797.26 feet to 2796.88 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently 276 m3/s.
    • As part of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP), frequent spillway adjustments can be expected over the summer to meet the requirements of the STMP and based on weather conditions.
    • Seven (7) mm of precipitation was observed last week and sixteen (16) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 22 m3/s to 21 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 324 m3/s to 318 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 272 m3/s to 270 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - August 12, 2021

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    Reporting Period: August 6 to August 12, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2797.85 feet to 2797.26 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently 278 m3/s.
    • As part of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP), frequent spillway adjustments can be expected over the summer to meet the requirements of the STMP and based on weather conditions.
    • Two (2) mm of precipitation was observed last week and seven (7) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 29 m3/s to 22 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 333 m3/s to 324 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 277 m3/s to 272 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - August 5, 2021

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    Reporting Period: July 30 to August 5, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2798.23 feet to 2797.85 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged in the past 7 days and is currently 281 m3/s.
    • As part of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP), frequent spillway adjustments can be expected over the summer to meet the requirements of the STMP and based on weather conditions.
    • One (1) mm of precipitation was observed last week and eight (8) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 36 m3/s to 29 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof increased from 308 m3/s to 333 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 280 m3/s to 277 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 29, 2021

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    Reporting Period: July 23 to July 29, 2021

    • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days going from 2798.66 feet to 2798.23 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge has been adjusted a few times over the past 7 days and is currently 282 m3/s.
    • As part of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP), frequent spillway adjustments can be expected over the summer to meet the requirements of the STMP and based on weather conditions.
    • Eight (8) mm of precipitation was observed last week and three (3) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 7 days at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 42 m3/s to 36 m3/s
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 355 m3/s to 308 m3/s
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 288 m3/s to 280 m3/s
    • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here.
    • Please see images below for further detail regarding current conditions.

  • Skins Lake Spillway Campground is Open!

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