Joint Water Use Plan for Capilano and Seymour Watersheds - receives provincial approval

Joint Water Use Plan Approval

Following a rigorous consultation and referral process, the Province of British Columbia approved the Joint Water Use Plan in January 2018, and is currently being implemented.

Metro Vancouver developed the JWUP for the Capilano and Seymour Watersheds for the sustainable management of the water in the reservoirs for drinking water, fisheries habitat, recreation, culture and heritage, safety and potential hydropower generation. Functionally, the Plan provides operational recommendations pertaining to water release and water allocation from the reservoirs and dams in the Capilano and Seymour watersheds.

Joint Water Use Plan Benefits

Water Supply

Maintaining high quality drinking water and managing drinking water supply, especially during drier months, both now and into the future is vital to Metro Vancouver. Recommendations in the JWUP are not expected to affect current water quality or quantity.

Environment

Fish habitats associated with the Seymour and Capilano Reservoirs are expected to benefit from the recommendations provided in the JWUP. Benefits to aquatic life include improved aquatic activity, fish migration, and Coho and Steelhead productivity.

Proposed Hydropower

A proposed hydropower project at the Cleveland Dam has the ability to generate green energy equivalent to the amount needed to power approximately 6,000 homes per year, reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions, and potentially increase resilience of the Capilano Dam and associated infrastructure by using local power generation.

Recreation

Implementation of the JWUP offers the potential to increase downstream flows and improve angling, kayaking and canoeing near the watersheds. As a component of the JWUP development, Metro Vancouver has made real-time flow and water level information available to the public on the Metro Vancouver website.

To review the JWUP and its benefits, please see the JWUP Fact Sheet.

Developing the Joint Water Use Plan

The development of the Joint Water Use Plan began in 2010 and included obtaining input from stakeholders such as member municipalities, government agencies, technical experts, First Nations, interested community groups and BC Hydro.

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