BC Hydro Development - What's at Stake?
Now that I've told you about the destruction of one creek that isn't really good for kayaking and two more with park-n-huck drops, you're probably wondering what all of the fuss is about with this hydro development. The fuss is about this - like what happened to Rutherford Creek near Pemberton, and what is happening to the Ashlu right now, and the Ryan imminently, almost every great whitewater river of BC is under permit to be diverted for hydro. Here's a map showing how close classics like Rogers Creek are to destruction:
It's not only creeks in the Lower Lillooet that are at risk. The same thing is going on up the Lillooet from Pemberton on the Ryan River, down in Squamish on the Ashlu, and has already ruined the Rutherford between Pemberton and Whistler. Although there is a moratorium on development in the Callaghan valley until after the 2010 winter games, I fear that my favorite class IV/V creek with the world's best 20 footer will soon fall victim to this as well, and one of the greatest kayaking destinations on the planet will be lost forever.
Sequence from this summer of me on my favorite waterfall - Callaghan Creek, BC: