December 14, 2015

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December 14, 2015

This week, Stephen Rigbey, who leads dam safety at BC Hydro, shares information on how we keep the WAC Bennett dam safe. We also look at how, in the wake of heavy rains and huge inflows at our Vancouver Island facilities, we keep communities safe. And we learn about the science behind the gravel we use at high voltage substations, and how the Skeetchestn Indian Band crew sourced the right gravel for our Kelly Lake substation.
Our director of dam safety talks about Bennett Dam

Our director of dam safety talks about Bennett Dam

Stephen Rigbey responds to a recent newspaper story that suggested there are issues with the pace of BC Hydro's Bennett Dam Rip Rap project.

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Flood risk: rains fill Vancouver Island reservoirs

Flood risk: rains fill Vancouver Island reservoirs

Recent rainstorms on Vancouver Island were creating inflows of 600 cubic metres per second, enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in about four seconds.
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School of rock

School of rock

It takes a certain type of gravel to ensure worker safety amid the high voltages of a BC Hydro substation. We leaned on a crew from the Skeetchestn Indian Band to get hundreds of truckloads of the right rock for the job at Kelly Lake.
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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

We're finishing off upgrading the spillway gates at Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam on the Columbia River. These gates are critical components that will help us safely control the amount of water discharge when flow is too high and generators have reached their capacity. This project has significantly benefitted the community as many of the services and supplies were sourced locally.
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