White-nose Syndrome in Bats
The Province, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program and other concerned groups, are asking the public to be on the lookout for dead or sick bats that may have contracted an invasive fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome has not been detected in British Columbia; however it was detected in Washington State in 2016 and the risk of its arrival is very high. The disease, which refers to a white fungus that grows on the muzzles or bodies of bats, has killed over 6 million bats since arriving in the eastern United States in 2006 and reaching Canada in 2010. White Nose Syndrome does not infect humans.
Do not attempt to capture sick or injured bats and do not touch a dead bat with your bare hands due to a risk of rabies. If you do find a dead bat, collect it in a plastic bag using leather gloves and label the bag with the date, location, your name and contact information, then put the bag in the freezer and contact the BC Community Bat Program.
For more information, please visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-diseases/white-nose-syndrome
BC Community Bat Program: www.bcbats.ca/
Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative: www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/wns.php
Bats of British Columbia: www.bcbat.ca/
Site C Construction Feb 6-Feb 19
Site C Construction Schedule: February 6 – February 19
The following construction activities are scheduled to occur February 6 – February 19:
Dam site area and reservoir – north (left) bank and south (right) bank
- The main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews, material and equipment. An equipment maintenance facility is being constructed on the south bank.
- Excavation will continue on the north and south banks. This may include blasting on the south bank.
- Drilling and the installation of geotechnical instrumentation will continue on the north and south banks.
- Curtain grouting will continue on the north bank.
- Work will continue on the south bank drainage tunnel, including tunnelling.
- Work will continue on the south bank cofferdam.
- Excavation will continue for the south bank approach channel.
- Aggregate will be crushed on the south bank and work will continue to commission the concrete batch plants.
- Work will continue to construct storage sites for excavated surplus material at various locations within the dam site area. Work will continue to construct in-river dikes for the storage site areas and some dredging will occur near the north bank storage area.
- Access roads will be constructed on the south bank and road maintenance activities will continue as required. Upgrade work will begin on the east end of the north bank access road.
- Clearing will occur in the lower and eastern reservoir areas, west of the dam site, on the north and south banks of the Peace River, including the construction of temporary bridge structures. Archaeological investigations will continue as required.
- Construction will commence on the debris boom across the Moberly River, upstream of the Moberly River construction bridge.
- Clearing will occur in the Moberly River valley. This will include the construction of access roads and temporary bridge structures.
- Logs will be processed and transported to local mills.
Other work areas
- Street lights will be installed at the entrance to the viewpoint on the north bank.
- The main civil works contractor will continue surveying the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands and conveyor corridor. Clearing may occur at the Industrial Lands and along the route for the conveyor belt.
- Aggregate and riprap production will continue in Wuthrich Quarry. Trucks will haul material to the dam site.
- Aggregate and riprap production will occur in West Pine Quarry. Materials will be transported by rail to the dam site area.
- The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor will begin clearing the areas that are required for the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.
- Work will continue to upgrade existing access roads that connect to the transmission line right-of-way.
- Clearing will occur along the transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and Jackfish Lake Road.
- Geotechnical investigations may occur along the transmission line right-of-way.
Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.
What to Expect
While this work takes place, local residents can expect the following:
- There will be truck traffic on public roads as construction crews mobilize, material and equipment is delivered to site and the hauling of rock and timber continues. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to the dam site on the south bank.
- Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities.
- Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is planned in Wuthrich Quarry. Material hauling may occur at night. Some noise and vibration will result in the vicinity of West Pine Quarry as a result of scheduled work.
- Some noise will occur in and around the transmission line right-of-way as a result of clearing and access road upgrades. Minor traffic delays or stoppages may occur while upgrades are completed on the access roads.
- Early morning and night shifts may be scheduled, as well as shifts on the weekends.
- For boater and worker safety, boats will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas. These areas are clearly identified with signage and markings.
- The travelling public may experience minor delays on Highway 29 in the Cache Creek/Bear Flat area as a result of clearing operations near the existing highway.
- Navigation upstream of the Moberly River construction bridge will be restricted when the debris boom is installed. Boats can access the area upstream of this bridge using available access points located further south on the Moberly River.
Note: In BC Hydro’s technical documents, the north bank may be referred to as the left bank and the south bank may be referred to as the right bank.
- Visit the project website: sitecproject.com
- Follow the Site C Twitter account: @sitecproject
- Call the toll-free project line: 1-877-217-0777