Site C dam would result in the largest withdrawal from the agricultural land reserve in BC's history.
Site C would flood 83km of the Peace River, widening it by up to 3 times, as well as 10km of the Moberly and 14km of the Halfway Rivers.
Over 57,000 acres of agricultural and forested land would be impacted by Site C, including 31,528 acres of Class 1-7 agricultural land and over 17,000 acres of forested land.
Where is BC going to source fruits and vegetables as traditional food producing lands are being depleted by the effects of global warming?
Droughts in the US are seriously impacting
the production of traditional food producing lands, food that British Columbians depend on.
"As world prices for food escalate in response to inevitable pressure, the land in the Peace River Valley is our food security Plan B.... The land to be flooded by Site C is capable of providing a sustainably produced supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to over a million people!"
- Wendy Holm, professional agrologist with over 40 years' experience in agricultural economics and public policy in Canada and BC
The Peace River Valley provides a unique microclimate where crops one wouldn't expect to grow this far north actually thrive, including corn, field tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon.
"The Peace River Valley has extraordinarily high value for agriculture and it's my opinion that the public interest is better served by allowing it to continue to sustain citizens through agricultural production rather than destroying it for power production."
- Eveline Wolterson, soil scientist and physical chemist with 40 years' experience researching and consulting on agriculture
BC Hydro states that Site C will have a 100-year life; the agricultural land in the Peace River Valley will support life in perpetuity.
There are many energy alternatives, but there are no alternatives to food producing land.
Wildlife impacts in northeastern BC are already significant; building Site C will make it even worse.
The northeastern corner of BC is already ravaged by oil, gas and forestry development: maintaining intact wildlife corridors, spread across large expanses of land, is essential to maintaining the health of many ecosystems and wildlife that depend on them.
"In the near future, the Peace region landscape is likely to be reduced to about one-half of its potential to support certain wide-ranging species... Site C will exacerbate this loss and will further erode our ability to conserve and recover some species."
- Dr. Clayton Apps, wildlife biologist
Site C would cause significant and irreparable harm to fish and migratory bird species.
Site C would result in the loss of fish in two major tributaries to the Peace River: the migratory Arctic grayling in the Moberly River and the migratory bull trout in the Halfway River. Mountain Whitefish in the Peace River would also disappear.
The destruction of habitat for several migratory bird species, including those classified as 'at risk', would also result from Site C. Species impacted include Canada Cap May and Bay-breasted Warblers, Yellow Rail and Nelson's Sparrow.
First Nations are finding their ability to carry out traditional practises are already seriously eroded in their homeland.
The Treaty 8 First Nations
Treaty states that they would be able to carry out their treaty rights "... for as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow and the grass grows."
Site C would significantly impact First Nations' ability to carry out their cultural practices and rights. Construction of the dam could impact up to 337 archaeological sites
, including ancestral gravesites.
The financial costs of the significant biodiversity losses are completely ignored by BC Hydro.
"... Biological diversity is a global asset of great value to present and future generations and vital to humanity's economic and social development.... The Panel's assessment indicates a change in biodiversity... that significant effects would occur in the long-term... [and have] an effect on the sustainability of these resources... that the loss of biodiversity... also has a financial cost."
- Report of the Joint Review Panel, Site C Clean Energy Project, BC Hydro, May 1, 2014