Tamihi Creek, a tributary of the Chilliwack River, is one of many waterways in BC where run-of-river power projects are proposed. Recent moves by the proponent include a public open house, and Information sessions with Sto:lo communities and Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe members. Meanwhile the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has called for comments on the water licence application for the project.
The project is a prime example of competing values in a watershed, with the proponent touting a beneficial clean-energy project while others fear impacts on ecological, recreational and spiritual values.
Join us November 14 for a ‘Discover Your Home Waters Walk’ in the Tamihi watershed to discuss the project from a viewpoint looking up the watershed. See the area the project would affect, and share information and concerns in open discussion.
Following the stop at the viewpoint those who choose to will continue further up the watershed. (Bearing in mind that sunset is at 4:27pm that day)
Meet at the Tamihi Creek Recreation Area at noon.
We'll head up the Tamihi Forest Service Road at 1215.
From the recreation area, the drive to the viewpoint is about 2km of forest service road followed by a short but steep hike. The road is passable by car if the car is not too low. (My wife and I did it in a 2007 Honda Civic recently. That was too low.) The hike is about 300 metres each way, but steep and a bit rough. Dress for the weather and for possibly rocky and muddy trails.
Bring a garbage bag if you're so inclined. Shooters seem to think the lookout point is a good place to leave a mess. We may as well clean it up while we're there.
For those who choose to continue further up the watershed, the forest service road is drivable for a short distance further. Keep right at the fork. From where the road is closed it is about a half hour hike to a point above where the project powerhouse would be. The headworks are proposed for 5km further upstream.
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