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August 4, 2015
The hot, dry summer continues to be the big story in B.C., but there's at least one big plus to all that sunshine. Watch a story on how the new SunMine solar plant near Kimberley is thriving. Meanwhile, we've awarded a Site C dam contract for site preparation work, and we also take a look at how low water levels will make it tough for boaters, and potentially for pink salmon, near Campbell River.
SunMine solar power plant at Kimberley off to a powerful start

SunMine solar power plant at Kimberley off to a powerful start

The city of Kimberley gets over 300 days of sunshine each year, and a new solar power project is now delivering power to BC Hydro's grid. It's the largest one in Western Canada, and as Global News reports, it's already exceeding expectations.

Watch more from Global News
Contract awarded for Site C north bank site prep

Contract awarded for Site C north bank site prep

BC Hydro has awarded a contract to Morgan Construction and Environmental Ltd. for preparation activities on the north bank of the Site C dam site.
Read more
Drought could take its toll on boaters, salmon

Drought could take its toll on boaters, salmon

Water levels in the Quinsam-Campbell river system are so low that BC Hydro is concerned there may not be enough water for this year's pink salmon run.
Read more in the Campbell River Mirror
Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Why did the toadlet take the tunnel? To get to the other side of the highway without getting squashed. Wildlife fencing and a tunnel under Highway 6, built in the past year, appears to be working as tens of thousands of Western toadlets are making their way to the other side of the highway to upland habitat where they disperse and mature. The BC Hydro-funded Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program will once again hold its annual Toadfest, where the public is invited to help the toadlets cross the road, on August 12th. But there won't be as many toadlets to help as usual, as a warm winter and spring, combined with hot temperatures, has led to early birth and growth of the toads, and an unheard of July migration for many of the toadlets.
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