Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
amy A question of Canadian The Kootenay River Can B.C. change rivers in midstream By ANNE EDWARDS CRANBROOK A proposed diversion of most jf the water from British Columbia's Kootenay River to the Columbia could add to the store of Canadian dydroelectric power but would diminish the generating power of the recently completed Libby Dam in the U.S. According to a B.C. Hydro study being compiled in the EasfKootenay the diversion of 1.5 million acre Feet of water from the Kootenay to the Columbia icar Canal B.C. is un- der consideration. The project may reduce the Kootenay River as low as 200 slightly more than the river carries during low water periods during drought years. According to the B.C. Engergy the diversion increase the generating capacity of Mica dam alone by 10 per and there would 3e extra water to justify other downstream generation Between Mica and Revelstoke. More power generated The extra water would produce 75000 Gordon senior generation planning engineer for Hydro said. Tallman says he gets all his figures from the B.C. energy report. He would not put a price on the extra power but said it would be low Tallman says the natural How of the river is 2800 cubic feet per second. The daily minimum recorded during the last three years or so is 178 cfs. is clear that the Kootenay River will be reduc- ed to a said Ken Sumanik of the fish and wildlife branch of the B.C. Nelson. Ecosystem damage is no such thing as cheap power when you con- sider the loss of lands and habitat he added. are very apprehen- said Gordon Kootenay director for the fish and wildlife branch. There would be no increased reser- voir storage therefore the river level itself would be constantly and the Columbia marshes would flood The Columbia between Invermere and Golden on the Upper provide nesting for a significant number of Canada geese and also food and shelter for birds migrating up and down the continent. Effect on fisheries Also a problem would be the effect on the tributaries to the Columbia and thus on the fishery resource. Hartman and Sumanik said the Kootenays have already lost some 300 miles of river bottom to hydro electric development no real Herald District benefit to the have paid a very sub- stantial price to give power and downstream benefits to the whole but the benefit to the people of the Kootenays has been said Hartman. River bottom land was lost to the Mica and Libby dams and for the Pend d'Oreille and Revelstoke developments. Pollution worse In contrast to the concern of the wildlife experts about diversion during spring flooding is the concern of regional planner Eugene Lee about pollution in the Kootenay river. would be reluctant to let anyone take one cubic foot of water out of the Kootenay except in the flood he pointing to the pollutants that are likely to continue to flow into the Kootenay for some time to come. Cre'stbrook Forest In- dustry's pulp mill at Cominco's operation at and the municipal outflows from Kimberley and Cranbrook constitute serious pollution as do the materials from Kaiser and Fording's strip mining and reduction operations and municipal waste of Sparwood and Fer- nie. All of which flow into the Elk river and into the Kootenay The Libby reservoir has already been tagged cesspool of the by some concerned officials. Diversion of any water could do nothing but further depress the quality of the water in' the international body of officially named Lake Koocanusa. At 200 cubic feet per the Kootenay river flow would be for any dilu- tion said Lee. Lee pointed out that the level of both Columbia lake and Windermere lake would rise some five to seven feet. Not only the bottom of Columbia at the Dutch Creek is particular- ly and there is a possibility of it giving he said. Columbia Lake may go Columbia lake is very and an increased flow could dredge a river and cause the lake to completely he said. Other critics say they needn't even get to that kind of speculation to show the dangerous effects to the river system of a greatly increased flow. But says there is definitely a weakness at the Dutch Creek alluvial fan that would have to be rein- if the project were to proceed. are always lots of weaknesses we have to fix in any of these he points out. Canada's rights But all the physical problems there is one other critical factor which will have to be considered when a decision is made whether or not to proceed with diversion of Kootenay water into the Columbia. It relates to Canadian sovereign rights as nation upstream on the Kooienay and the nation's right to control the flow. According to Mike Poole of the CBC in who has researched the whole im- pact of the Columbia River Treaty for a film expected to be shown next there will be strong pressure to build the if only to WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE Leadership is what it's all about. TRUDEAU FOR CANADA SVEN FOR SOUTHERN ALBERTA ERICKSEN. SVEN LIBERAL Inserted by Lethbridge Federal Liberal Association reassert sovereign rights eroded by the Treaty. According to the Boundary Waters Treaty of the na- tion upstream on an inter- national river between Canada and the U.S. was recognized as having the right to control the flow. The Columbia River Treaty reversed that by giving the U.S. the right to control the flow of both the Kootenay and Columbia. Right must be exercised as Gen. A. G. L. McNaughton said in relation to the Columbia River right and its exercise are two different Canadians interested in international legal ramifications are likely to want Canada to exercise its right while it can in order to establish it Poole says his investigations as to the cost of the additional power from Mica have brought ambigious but he figures it may run six Vancouver mills. All these experts have a different guess as to whether the project will go ahead and but the study Hydro is conducting right now is the barest of beginnings to the decision making process. Council delays resolution CRANBROOK City council has postponed its resolution to apply to the municipal finance authority for funding of its million Joseph Gold Creek water supply project until 1975. Early July is the deadline for MFA application approval. To the end of December the project will have short-term interim financing. On a recommendation of city treasurer Daryl council has decided to implement the 65 cents per foot frontage property tax in next June's tax bills. Jan. 1 the city will increase its basic user rate from to per month. Under its 20-year term financing the annual debt payment for the improvement is The January rate increase and the June frontage tax payment should cover interim finance at which time MFA rates may be lower. A two per cent drop in the rates to nine per cent would save annually in 20- year term liquidation. If the interest within the year's deferment failed to repayment schedule would remain the same annually but the liquidation term would then possibly be extended to meet financing cost without further upward revision of user rates and frontage tax. Coaldale resident appointed Lorene of was appointed Wednesday to a second term on the Lethbridge Community College board of governors by the department of advanced education. Pool boss has raise CARDSTON Town council Monday night approved a per month raise for town swimming pool supervisor Blaine Bunnage. Coun. Alma Summerfeldt said Mr. Bunnage is doing a at the pool. is in that is a said Coun. Summerfeldt. Mr. Bunnage has been in the job for five years. This is his first salary said SATURDAY SUPER SAVERS Merchandise on Sale 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and all day Saturday a.m. to 6 p.m. LIMITED QUANTITIES Storage Sheds .'90 UNASSEMBLED 10 SPEED BIKES 21 Reg. 89.96 WOODEN PICNIC TABLE Seats 8 Reg. 64.96 Sleeping Bags Cotton flannel lining. Durable outside shell cover ENGRO FERTILIZER 50 Ib. bag 16-20-0 Tentmaster Tents OFF ZELCO GAS LAWN MOWERS h.p. Blade. CHEST COOLER Styrofoam 1 96 HI-RISER BICYCLES convertible boy's or girl's. 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