Selkirk Power Postpones Fish Translocation


Selkirk Power Company, a private renewable energy company based in
Nelson, has postponed the second phase of its Westslope Cutthroat Trout
translocation project upon request of the Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC).

The translocation is a multi year project to expand westslope
cutthroat trout habitat in the upper reaches of Ventego Creek and create
a second population in addition to the existing population in Cupola
Creek. Both creeks are located approximately 50 kilometers northwest of
Golden and are the sites of Selkirk Power’s planned development called
the Beaver River Hydro project. The second phase of the translocation
would have involved moving 100 trout from Cupola Creek to Ventego Creek
and was originally planned to happen in October.

The Ktunaxa Lands and Resources Council, citing concerns based
on cultural teachings and potential impacts to both Cupola and Ventego
Creek ecosystems, passed a resolution requesting termination of the

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.