Pond 12 Kinbasket Lake Reservoir Debris

Photo courtesy BC Hydro

This aerial photo of “Pond 12”, the largest pond in the 550-hectare Valemount Peatland, clearly shows the woody debris from the high level of Kinbasket Reservoir is clogging half or the pond (outlined in pink). The debris makes it less productive for the reptiles, amphibians, plants, and all the other wildlife that use the area. Virgil Hawkes, senior biologist with LGL Environmental Research Associates, consultant with BC Hydro, says there is even more there this spring. Members of the debris management committee from Valemount and Golden, BC Hydro staff and environmental consultants met recently in Valemount to discuss plans for continuing to deal with woody debris on the reservoir.