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Fisheries and Oceans approves Kokish power project, but demands modifications

Apr 27 2012

Fisheries and Oceans has given the go-ahead to an application by Kwagis Power for a hydroelectric project on the Kokish River, 15 kilometres east of Port McNeill.

As part of the review into the controversial proposal, DFO rejected the initial water release regime and demanded changes to keep sufficient water flows in the river system to protect fish and fish habitat, the decision says.

"This includes maintaining natural water flows in the river during the low summer flows and early fall salmon migration period," it says.

Conservation groups say the $200-million project, which would create up to 45 megawatts of electricity to be sold to B.C. Hydro, would harm fish runs.

The Kokish has five species of wild salmon, eulachon and endangered runs of steelhead trout.

Kwagis Power is owned by Brookfield Renewable Power and the 'Namgis First Nation.

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