The British Columbia Hydro Corporation has proposed building a dam across the Peace River approximately 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Fort St. John. This proposed dam is called "Site C". The major purpose of this dam would be to produce hydro-electric power to meet the forecasted growth of energy consumption. In comparison to alternative sites or sources of energy, B. C. Hydro believes that Site C is "one of the most economic sources of new generation".
The proposed dam, if built, will have various impacts in the Peace River Region. One of these impacts is the loss of river recreation opportunities. In coordination with other government agencies, the Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division was asked to review the value of general recreation with Site C and the value of options for mitigation and compensation.
The overall purpose of this document is to provide additional information about the value of general recreation for the proposed Site C dam. Estimates from this new information are compared with B. C. Hydro estimates. The benefits and costs of alternative options for compensation are also presented.
Dyck, Brian. 1981. The Proposed Site C Dam: The Economic Value of General Recreation. BC Ministry of Environment. Research Report. 1.1E06(81)
Topic: Economics and the Environment
Keywords: hydro-electric power, economic sources, new generation, river recreation, costs of peace island park, costs of ferry landing, costs of beatton river, costs of site c day use and viewpoints, costs of lynx creek, costs of bear flat
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