Protect the Peace River Valley from Damming

Target: Linda Jones, Panel Manager, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Goal: Prohibit the construction of a dam in British Columbia’s pristine forests.

The Peace River Valley in northeast British Columbia is being considered for a dam project known as Site C Dam. This area is rich in wildlife, fertile lands, and natural resources. The construction of a dam would cause irreparable environmental damage and financial loss. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) will be reviewing public comments and concerns on the dam proposal before a final decision is made. Encourage the CEAA to deny the dam proposal in efforts to advance environmental protection.

The proposed dam would destroy approximately 107 km of land in the Peace River Valley. At least 3,800 hectares of agricultural land would be lost to flooding, which is nearly one-fifth of the farmland in British Columbia. Losing large amounts of farmland could have negative impacts on the agricultural and food industry. The dam would also destroy 12,000 acres of boreal forest habitat, which provide wildlife wintering grounds. This loss of habitat also affects migration species traveling through wildlife corridors between Yellowstone National Park and Yukon Territory. Many of the species residing in these two preserves are vulnerable species combating population decline, and external influences such as habitat loss or migratory barriers would negatively affect these sensitive populations. The construction of Site C Dam would also destroy important archaeological grounds, including First Nations’ gravesites.

In addition to the destruction of agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and archaeological sites, it is estimated that building Site C Dam will cost approximately $10 billion in taxpayer money. It is unnecessary to fund a $10 billion project, using taxpayer money, at the expense of environmental conservation. The Peace River Valley is treasured for its aesthetically pleasing lands and waterways; and if Site C Dam is constructed, the Peace River Valley will be drowned under a backed-up reservoir of dammed water. Sign the petition below to urge CEAA to deny the dam proposal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Jones,

I am concerned about the proposal to construct Site C Dam at the Peace River Valley. It is evident that building this dam would cause extreme environmental damage as well as other consequences. The Peace River Valley area is rich in wildlife, agricultural lands, and natural resources. If the dam is constructed, at least 3,800 hectares of agricultural land would be lost to flooding. This would affect nearly one-fifth of the farmland in British Columbia. The construction of Site C Dam would also destroy 12,000 acres of pristine forest habitat. These forests provide wildlife wintering grounds and also provide a corridor between Yellowstone National Park and Yukon Territory. Many animal species that thrive in these forests would be driven away by construction and lack of habitat. The Peace River Valley also contains historically significant archaeological grounds, including First Nations’ gravesites.

It has been estimated that building Site C Dam will cost approximately $10 billion in taxpayer money. It is unnecessary for the government to fund a $10 billion project, using taxpayer money, at the expense of environmental conservation, agricultural loss, and archaeological destruction. Please consider this letter when the CEAA makes a decision on the Site C Dam proposal and vote No.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Stop killing our enviroment!

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