Water Engagement Initiative

The Water Engagement Initiative is an inclusive public process, where interests are shared to improve water management in the Nechako River.

The Water Engagement Initiative is led by independent facilitators and supported by technical specialists to identify opportunities to better address multiple interests related to Rio Tinto’s operations. Together, we will identify changes to our operations that better reflect your interests. The end result will be an approach to reservoir and river management that is driven by you.

Through the WEI, we are identifying changes to our operations that better reflect a broad range of community interests. The end result will be an approach to reservoir and river management that is driven by you.

Since June of 2019, through broad based engagement, approximately 40 individuals have been actively participating in the WEI, sharing a wide range of interests, issues and concerns spanning three geographic areas: the Nechako Reservoir, Skins-Cheslatta-Murray Lake system, and the Nechako River.

You can read our latest update here.


Timeline

Step 1 (2017)

Pre-engagement on methods and topics for the water engagement

Step 2 (January – March 2018)

Report out on Step 1 and develop plan for focused Water Engagement Initiative.

Step 3 (March – July 2018)

Launch search for independent facilitator (EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. selected)

Step 4

We are here!
Broad based engagement is underway to gain an understanding of interests to be addressed. Includes public meetings, small group workshops and one on one dialogue.

Step 5 (Future stage)

Develop options to address interests raised in Step 4.

Step 6 (Future stage)

Report back and present draft options for further refinement. Includes public meetings, small group workshops and one on one dialogue.

Step 7 (Future stage)

Finalise options and develop implementation plan, including regulatory approval where required.


Meet our team of independent facilitators and technical specialists:

Rahul Ray

Rahul Ray
Environmental Dynamics Inc
Lead Independent Facilitator

Rahul is the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer and a senior environmental planner with EDI. In his project role, Rahul’s planning and facilitation work is supported by his education and experience in the biological and social sciences. He has facilitated major planning processes involving Indigenous communities; municipal, provincial and federal levels of government; and stakeholders designed to reach mutually-beneficial solutions. He has prepared baseline studies, led community engagement programs, and conducted assessments for major projects across western Canada over the past 15 years. Rahul is a Registered Professional Planner in British Columbia and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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