Debris removal big job after record water levels

Debris Removal on Koocanusa, Kinbasket, Duncan and Arrow Lakes reservoirs

BC Hydro press release

BC Hydro has increased funding for debris removal in response to significant amounts of floating debris on Koocanusa, Kinbasket, Duncan and Arrow Lakes reservoir.  Crews and equipment are now active on all sites. This action will reduce the volume of debris that is eventually deposited on reservoir shorelines when water levels recede.


This year’s flood control operations led to water elevations above normal full pool on Koocanusa, Kinbasket, Duncan and Arrow Lakes reservoirs resulting in greater volumes of floating debris.


New funding will target high debris concentration areas within reservoirs where there are safety concerns in priority public use areas, such as boat ramps and recreation sites.   Removal of debris from private property is not part of the debris program.


The accumulation and management of debris is a normal occurrence of waterfront property ownership.  In years of increased  inflow, higher reservoir levels, and new debris from tributaries, increased debris is expected.


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