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Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Water levels of the Campbell River may change rapidly. Photo by Sean Feagan.

BC Hydro warns Campbell River water levels may change rapidly

Increased rains over weekend, storm season approaching mean flows could vary

  • Oct 15, 2021
Water levels of the Campbell River may change rapidly. Photo by Sean Feagan.
The John Hart Dam and John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro photo

BC Hydro alerts Campbell River residents to siren test

John Hart facility public warning system will be tested morning of Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • Oct 13, 2021
The John Hart Dam and John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro photo
The power has been off for 195 customers on Quadra Island since shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct.5) morning. BC Hydro outages map

Almost 200 customers without power on Quadra Island

Second big power outage on the island in two weeks

  • Oct 5, 2021
The power has been off for 195 customers on Quadra Island since shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct.5) morning. BC Hydro outages map
Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

BC Hydro report says residents unaware of best choices when cutting carbon footprint

Survey finds many are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost-effective choices

Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
BC Hydro is reporting power outages on Quadra and Cortes Islands, as well as Campbell River. BC Hydro outages map

195 affected by power outage on Quadra Island

BC Hydro reporting multiple outages in Campbell River and Cortes Island too

  • Sep 30, 2021
BC Hydro is reporting power outages on Quadra and Cortes Islands, as well as Campbell River. BC Hydro outages map
The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drought-weakened trees, fall storms could mean more power outages: BC Hydro

Conditions mirror those in 2015 and 2018, when the utility was hit by its two most damaging storms

The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
LETTERS

We believe the decision by BC Hydro to not re-contract Island Generation is wrong: letter

For the past 20 years, the Island Generation facility in Campbell River…

  • Sep 14, 2021
LETTERS
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox

Increased water flows planned for the Campbell River system in coming weeks

BC Hydro warning public to be aware around Elk Falls and the canyon

  • Sep 9, 2021
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox
This boat will be collecting water flow and fish habitat information along the Campbell River beginning Sept. 2. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro using remote-controlled boat to survey Campbell River

Anglers can expect to see the small yellow boat travelling along the waterway from Sept. 2 - 9

This boat will be collecting water flow and fish habitat information along the Campbell River beginning Sept. 2. (BC Hydro photo)
A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro

Public risking lives on BC Hydro facilities pursuing perfect selfies

Incidents range from climbing transmission towers to swimming in restricted areas at dam sites

A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The water level at the Upper Campbell Reservoir behind Strathcona Dam (lefthand side of picture) is currently rising slowly, BC hydro says but it is forecasted to be in the low end of expected recreation target range due to drier than average conditions. This photo was taken in mid-March. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

BC Hydro probing if damaged submarine cable, oil leak caused by June heatwave

The energy corporation said the cable has been taken out of service and repairs are underway

The water level at the Upper Campbell Reservoir behind Strathcona Dam (lefthand side of picture) is currently rising slowly, BC hydro says but it is forecasted to be in the low end of expected recreation target range due to drier than average conditions. This photo was taken in mid-March. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
The John Hart Dam and John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro photo

UPDATE: John Hart Dam road closure postponed until September

BC Hydro has postponed the annual John Hart Dam spillway gate maintenance…

  • Jun 1, 2021
The John Hart Dam and John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro photo
The water level at the Upper Campbell Reservoir behind Strathcona Dam (left of picture) is currently rising slowly, BC Hydro says but it is forecasted to be in the low end of the expected recreation target range due to drier than average conditions. This photo was taken in mid-March 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Conditions turn drier than normal in Campbell River watershed

BC Hydro forecasts another year of low summer reservoir levels and Campbell River flows.

  • May 18, 2021
The water level at the Upper Campbell Reservoir behind Strathcona Dam (left of picture) is currently rising slowly, BC Hydro says but it is forecasted to be in the low end of the expected recreation target range due to drier than average conditions. This photo was taken in mid-March 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
BC Hydro released a survey Thursday, April 22. It found that many British Columbians are unintentionally contributing to climate change with their yard maintenance choices. (Pixabay)

Spend a lot of time doing yard work? It might be contributing to climate change

Recent BC Hydro survey finds 60% of homeowners still use gas-powered lawnmowers and yard equipment

BC Hydro released a survey Thursday, April 22. It found that many British Columbians are unintentionally contributing to climate change with their yard maintenance choices. (Pixabay)
Strathcona Dam and a diagram of the proposed works to the right bank. It includes a deep excavated channel in bedrock, with improved water release facilities. BC Hydro graphic

Campbell River major projects web portal now ready for companies to register

The Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce and BC Hydro collaborated…

Strathcona Dam and a diagram of the proposed works to the right bank. It includes a deep excavated channel in bedrock, with improved water release facilities. BC Hydro graphic
Upstream view of Strathcona Dam taken on April 13. Water flows are being passed downstream through the two turbines with the Strathcona Generating Station. BC Hydro photo

Campbell River watershed third lowest of BC Hydro’s hydroelectric watersheds in the province

BC Hydro reduced river flows on March 1 in the Campbell River…

  • Apr 16, 2021
Upstream view of Strathcona Dam taken on April 13. Water flows are being passed downstream through the two turbines with the Strathcona Generating Station. BC Hydro photo
Results, first published March 12, say 20 per cent of homeowners who conducted renovations regret focusing solely on aesthetic upgrades. (Pixabay)

20% of B.C. homeowners regret 2020 renovations: report

More than half surveyed say they’ve made upgrades to their home since last March

Results, first published March 12, say 20 per cent of homeowners who conducted renovations regret focusing solely on aesthetic upgrades. (Pixabay)
Site C will go ahead, one year later and $5.3 billion more, the NDP announced Feb 26. (BC Hydro image)

B.C. to go ahead with Site C dam, with new $16B budget and delayed to 2025

Reviews recommend more oversight, beefed up foundation stability work

Site C will go ahead, one year later and $5.3 billion more, the NDP announced Feb 26. (BC Hydro image)