Elk River Canyon near Fernie BC Elko Dam on the Elk River
Elko Dam - Current & Historical Images

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INTRODUCTION

The history of hydroelectric development in Southeastern British Columbia is as rich as the hills that brought people here. The ability to produce electric power to run smelters, sawmills, mines and cities - allowed many people to settle in the area once the glow of mineral discovery began to fade. As the land provided minerals and lumber it also provided the landscape that allowed early developers in the 1890s to construct small-scale dams and powerhouses. With these developments in the area, more followed as technology and demand grew. The history of the region is tied to its landscape and its landscape continues to shape its evolution.

The Dams - Upper Bonnington Dam

The Dams

The dams in the region range in size from micro-hydro sites for individual use to large megawatt water storage dams controlled by international treaties. Each dam has a history, containing the story of the river and the people who built it.
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The Stories - Fisheries

Stories

Water runs through everyone's life. Whether it is from your tap, through your light switch or on a larger scale as you gaze at the river flowing by – water is something that affects us all. This section contains stories of people affected by water – through loss of land, power pioneers, corporate leaders, all have histories to share. The history of the companies that pioneered industrial development in the area with help of low cost power and available resources is important as well. And the land, the reason for the development, the source of the power, has its own stories to tell.
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Dynamic Map

Dynamic Map

The Dynamic Map is a unique way to explore the region. Hydro development in the region has significantly altered the landscape. This map utility will allow you to visualize the changes a dam has brought about in an area. This section will guide you through Southeastern British Columbia as it changed. Whether it was flooding of the landscape through storage dams or an increased amount of settlement and development through industry, the land has been impacted.
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Resources

Resources

A glossary of terms, links to informative sites and organizations, a bibliography and illustrations.
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Balance the Power - Interactive Exercise

Balance the Power - Interactive Exercise

Every action has a reaction. This exercise will allow you to visualize the impacts that your choices have on the world around you. By showing what the needs are, what demands are and the resources available to fill those needs and demands, the choices made will have a visible outcome.
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