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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 - July 10, 2020

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    11 Jul 2020
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    Update: 10 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased from 2799.54 feet to 2799.59 feet in the past 24 hours.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0 m between July 10-15 as a result of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP).
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s. Spillway discharge will increase from 49 m3/s to 136 m3/s on July 11th.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 24 hours at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley increased from 61.7 m3/s to 62.2 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 138 m3/s to 135 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls remains unchanged at 47.9 m3/s.
    • You can monitor continuous reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.

  • Nechako Reservoir Updates - July 9, 2020

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    09 Jul 2020
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    Update: 9 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased from 2799.51 feet to 2799.54 feet in the past 24 hours.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0 m between July 10-15 as a result of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP).
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 24 hours at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley decreased from 67.8 m3/s to 61.7 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 142 m3/s to 138 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls decreased from 48.8 m3/s to 47.9 m3/s.
    • You can monitor continuous reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 8, 2020

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    08 Jul 2020
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    Update: 8 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased from 2799.44 feet to 2799.51 feet in the past 24 hours.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0 m between July 10-15 as a result of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP).
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 24 hours at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley increased from 67.1 m3/s to 67.8 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 146 m3/s to 142 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls increased from 48.2 m3/s to 48.8 m3/s.
    • You can monitor continuous reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 7, 2020

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    07 Jul 2020
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    Update: 7 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased from 2799.39 feet to 2799.44 feet in the past 24 hours.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0 m between July 10-15 as a result of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP).
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 24 hours at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley increased from 66.9 m3/s to 67.1 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof decreased from 153 m3/s to 146 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls is unchanged at 48.2 m3/s.
    • You can monitor continuous reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 6, 2020

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    06 Jul 2020
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    Update: 6 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased from 2799.34 feet to 2799.39 feet in the past 24 hours.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0 m between July 10-15 as a result of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP).
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s.
    • Nechako River flow discharge changes in the past 24 hours at various locations are as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley increased from 66 m3/s to 66.9 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof is unchanged at 153 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls has increased from 47.9 m3/s to 48.2 m3/s.
    • You can monitor continuous reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 5, 2020

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    05 Jul 2020
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    Update: 5 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased to 2799.34 feet.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0 m between July 10-15 as a result of the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP).
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s.
    • Nechako River flow discharge at various locations is as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley is unchanged at 66 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof has increased to 153 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls has increased to 47.9 m3/s.
    • You can monitor reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 4, 2020

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    05 Jul 2020
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    Update: 4 July 2020

    • Reservoir level has increased to 2799.30 feet.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is unchanged at 49 m3/s.
    • Nechako River flow discharge at various locations is as follows:
      • Flow at Nautley is 66 m3/s.
      • Flow at Vanderhoof is 138 m3/s.
      • Flow at Cheslatta Falls is 46.7 m3/s.
    • You can monitor reservoir elevation by clicking here. Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44m or 2800 feet.
    • Please see graphs below for elevation and flow projections.


  • Nechako Reservoir Update - July 3, 2020

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    05 Jul 2020
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    Key highlights observed during the reporting period: 27 June to 3 July 2020

    • Reservoir level is currently at 2799.15 feet (853.2m), an increase of 0.58 feet (0.18m) over the last 7 days.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge remains unchanged in the past 7 days and is currently 49m3/s.
    • Spillway discharge will be increased from 49m3/s to approximately 170 m3/s on July 10th in preparation for the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP). Please see illustration below for further information about the STMP.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0m between July 10th to the 15th as a result of the STMP.
    • Nechako River flow at Vanderhoof is currently 133 m3/s (2.38m).
    • Twenty-two (22) millimetres of precipitation was observed last week. Twenty-one (21) millimetres of precipitation is expected next week.
    • Please see graphic below for additional information, including flow projection.

  • Nechako Reservoir Update - June 26, 2020

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    30 Jun 2020
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    Key highlights observed during the reporting period: 19 June to 26 June 2020

    • Reservoir level is currently at 2798.57 feet (853.22m), an increase of 0.8 feet (0.2m) over the last 7 days.
    • Skins Lake Spillway discharge increased by 1m3/s in the past 7 days and is currently 49m3/s.
    • Spillway discharge will be increased from 49m3/s to approximately 170 m3/s on July 10th in preparation for the Summer Temperature Management Program (STMP). Please see illustration below for further information about the STMP.
    • Water level in the Nechako River may increase by up to 1.0m between July 10th to the 15th as a result of the STMP.
    • Nechako River flow at Vanderhoof decreased by 7 m3/s in the past 7 days and is currently 132 m3/s (2.4m).
    • Twenty-three (23) millimetres of precipitation was observed last week. Four (4) millimetres of precipitation is expected next week.


  • NEEF announces amendment to decisions for allocation of funds

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    21 Feb 2020
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    In 2012, the NEEF Management Committee made 10 decisions for use of the NEEF, some of which included time-restricted milestones. The NEEF Management Committee has amended the 2012 decisions on the use of the fund because these milestones were not met.

    The objectives of the fund have not changed, and the new decisions do not change the scope of projects that could qualify for funding. Projects funded by NEEF must meet one or more of the following objectives: flow management; fish and fish habitat rehabilitation; education and stewardship of water; and improving how water flow regulation decisions are made.

    Under the amended decisions, funds will be made available on an annual basis until 2050 or longer. Funds are available for projects as follows:

    • $7.4 Million @ $200,000/year is allocated to Cheslatta Watershed
    • $27.2 Million @ $850,000/year is allocated to Nechako Watershed
    • $6.4 Million @ $200,000/year is allocated to Post-Secondary Research
    • An option remains for BC and Rio Tinto to jointly allocate all uncommitted funds to a major project such as building a spillway at Kenney Dam.

    The amended decisions provide an inclusive funding strategy that builds on past successes and enables NEEF Management Committee and the parties to the agreement to respond to Nechako water stewardship-related challenges into the future.

    The NEEF Society encourages project applications from local governments, local First Nations governments and legally incorporated Societies.

    Visit www.neef.ca to download the Amended Decisions and to learn more about the NEEF and projects being supported by NEEF.