Dam at Copper Canyon might be good for future

With the recent water shortages, perhaps we should look again at a plan regarding the Copper Canyon watershed.

Revisit Copper Canyon. With the recent water shortages, perhaps we should look again at a plan regarding the Copper Canyon watershed. If a dam was put in at Windy Point, on Mt. Sicker, it is about the narrowest part of the Copper Canyon.

Most, if not all the good timber has been taken out of the canyon all the way up. If an 18 to 20 mile long lake was formed in this watershed, the lower reaches of the Chemainus River could have the flow controlled much better than what happens now.

Electricity could be generated through turbines and this area of the Island could use another source for power. A large hatchery and then salmon runs could be brought back to the Chemainus River with controlled water flow. Drinking water would be plentiful as well as a great new recreation site.

Just my thought with the changing climate situation.

Paul Bottomley


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