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The Pelly River valley that would be flooded by Hoole Canyon Dam. The reservoir would cover the valley floor forests and erode the steep benches on the lower valley sides. (Photo: Lila Tauzer / WCS Canada).
A new Report warns of the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro initiative. The Report, which focuses on north-western Canada, notes that substantial destruction of fish habitats caused by such a dam, along with additional threats and effects will be either very expensive or impossible to mitigate.
“Potential Impacts and Risks of Proposed Next Generation Hydroelectric Dams to Fish and Fish Habitats in Yukon Waters,” is co-written by Yukon fish habitat specialist, Al von Finster, and Dr. Donald Reid, of WCS Canada’s Whitehorse office.
It’s the story of the century: how will climate change reshape our planet’s natural systems? We tackle that story from a couple of unique perspectives in our just released annual report. It’s a great read with many stunning visuals that help to remind us what is at stake across Canada. With the Paris climate talks starting this week, we wanted to send a message about why world leaders need to come up with a plan for strong action to reduce emissions and why we need to continue to work to protect large intact wild areas right here at home.
On September 4, 2015 the Government of Alberta designated 1080 km2 as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park. Known as the "Castle Special Area", this designation is key to conserving wildlife and their habitats in Alberta, and WCS Canada scientist Dr. John Weaver played an important role in its protection.
Mozambique Completes Major Elephant Collaring Effort (Source: WCS News)