Have Your Say: Water Engagement Initiative

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Rio Tinto is embarking on a broad based water engagement initiative. 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.

This online platform is designed to support engagement activities. You can join in at any time using whichever methods work best for you.

Rio Tinto is embarking on a broad based water engagement initiative. 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.

This online platform is designed to support engagement activities. You can join in at any time using whichever methods work best for you.

  • Integrated Watershed Research in the Nechako - Recording of the Sept 27 presentation

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    16 Oct 2019
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    On September 27th, at UNBC in Prince George, Drs Stephen Dery, Phil Owens, Ellen Peticrew and Margot Parkes presented a talk on the topic of Integrated Watershed research in the Nechako.

    If you were unable to attend the presentation or would like to listen again, the presentation is now available online through UNBC. Click here to watch the presentation.

    Below is an abstract explaining their research:

    The Nechako Watershed encompasses nearly 50,000 square kilometers from the Coast Mountains to the Interior Plateau of British Columbia, forming the second largest sub-watershed of the Fraser River Basin. The Nechako (a derivation of a Dakelh word meaning “big river”) remains a vital waterway for anadromous fish including three species of salmon and non-anadromous fish such as bull trout, rainbow trout, and the endangered Nechako white sturgeon. Despite its ecological, societal and cultural importance, the nature of this complex system remains elusive. Cumulative stressors including climate change, landcover disturbances (e.g. wildfires, the mountain pine beetle outbreak and forest harvesting), land use changes (e.g. the expansion of the Vanderhoof agricultural belt), and damming of the Nechako River main stem have led to drastic changes to the water and landscapes of the Nechako. Over the past five years, a team of four UNBC researchers with complementary expertise has thus undertaken a study to integrate knowledge on climate change and water security, sediment sources and fluxes, and the health and well-being of the Nechako. This colloquium delivered by the four members of the Integrated Watershed Research Group will report on their findings through the first years of research in the Nechako and lessons learned in this collaborative effort involving many stakeholders across the Nechako

  • WEI Main Table Meeting #5

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    09 Oct 2019
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    The WEI participants met in Vanderhoof on Oct 8th for their fifth meeting. Key documents from the meeting include:

  • WEI Main Table Meeting #4

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    25 Sep 2019

    The fourth WEI main table meeting took place September 11, at CNC in Burns Lake. The meeting summary, presentation and press release are available below, just click on the link!

    WEI Meeting #4 - Meeting Summary

    WEI Meeting #4 - Presentation

    WEI Meeting #4 - List of Information Needs

  • Rio Tinto extends congratulations to the Unified Command Team on the success at Big Bar!

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    09 Sep 2019
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    Thank you! Rio Tinto extends its sincere appreciation to the Big Bar Unified Command team and everyone involved. Congratulations! Your efforts will benefit British Columbians for generations to come.

    Read an update on the Big Bar event and the impact of the STMP change here.


  • WEI Main Table Meeting #3

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    29 Aug 2019

    The third WEI main table meeting took place August 22nd, at Scott's Grille in Vanderhoof. The meeting summary, presentation and press release are available below, just click on the link!

    WEI Meeting 3 - Summary (in progress)

    WEI Meeting 3 - Slideshow Presentation

    WEI Meeting 3 - Press Release

    WEI Meeting 3 - Flow Requirements Presentation


  • WEI Main Table Meeting #2

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    19 Jul 2019
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    The second WEI main table meeting took place July 16th, at Scott's Grille in Vanderhoof. The meeting summary, guiding principles, presentation and press release are available below, just click on the link!

    WEI Meeting 2 - Summary

    WEI Process Guiding Principles

    WEI Meeting 2 - Slideshow Presentation

    WEI Meeting 2 - Press Release

  • WEI Main Table Meeting #1

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    27 Jun 2019

    The initial main table meeting of the Water Engagement Initiative was held June 13th, in Vanderhoof at Scott's Grille. Unable to attend and interested in what happened? The presentation given by Rahul Ray (facilitator) can be downloaded here. The meeting notes can be downloaded here.

  • Nechako Watershed Council Reports

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    18 Jun 2019

    The Nechako Watershed Council published reports in 2008 and 2009 describing their findings. Click here for the 2008 report, and here for the 2009 report. The Nechako Watershed Council also published a report exploring potential flow regimes in the Nechako Watershed, click here to download. The reports are also found in the document library found on this website.

  • Info Session Summaries

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    22 Mar 2019

    If you weren't able to attend our WEI info sessions on March 12 or 14, we've uploaded summaries of the discussions.

    March 12 - Wistaria Info Session Summary

    March 14 - Vanderhoof Morning Info Session Summary

    March 14 - Vanderhoof Evening Info Session Summary

  • Water Engagement Initiative - Information Session

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    18 Mar 2019
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    Click here to see the information session presentation given by Rahul and the Water Engagement Iniative team!