Ecosystem-Based Management of Hydropower Facilities in the Bridge-Seton Watershed of British Columbia
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Hydroelectric power has long been a cheap and easy source of renewable energy that is becoming more and more popular amid a world-wide transition to a low-carbon economy. However, hydropower facilities can have detrimental ecosystem impacts. Declining fisheries in particular is a concern that is motivating more sustainable approaches to water management. This study analyses the sustainability of the Bridge-Seton Power Project in Lillooet, British Columbia using criteria drawn from a literature review of ecosystem-based management. Ecosystem-based management provides a new approach to managing hydropower facilities. Ecosystem-based management outlines a procedure to sustainable development while coping with ecological uncertainty and competing interests. An environmental assessment has never been done on the Bridge-Seton Power Project, therefore this study provided new and valuable comprehensive third-party feedback on the management of these hydropower facilities. The results of the assessment show that BC Hydro is performing well as a sustainable developer of British Columbia’s freshwater resources. The Bridge-Seton Power Project fulfilled the criteria for ecosystem-based management, providing an exemplary case for hydropower development elsewhere.