Five ideas have been presented to Elko residents regarding the future of the community`s dam.
A meeting was held by BC Hydro last week to discuss options for the Elko Water Conveyance Project and the future of the structure.
The facility does not generate any electricity for BC Hydro at this time.
Project Manager Chris Egan outlined five options to residents that would maintain the station for future use while decreasing costs and protecting workers.
“The one that best meets are current objectives would include permanent removal of the east and west splashboards, spillway gates would be permanently opened and we would have stop logs installed to raise the elevation of the headpond to a level no less than 912.18 meters, which is the lower end of our water license,” Egan says.
Evans says residents are concerned how that change could affect the community.
“Two studies were done looking at whether there was any direct impact between the headpond level and levels of Baynes Lake,” Egan says. “No link has been established between those two points.”
The utility company hopes to make a decision about the dam by the end of summer. They are accepting feedback until July 5th.
Community members can give input on the project by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-866-647-3334. You can also request a copy of the Conveyance Project presentation through that e-mail.
– BC Hydro Project Manager, Chris Egan
– Jeff Johnson