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May 02  Comment

Response to concerns about brushing in Dawson City

We have started our work to remove or trim trees (brushing) in downtown Dawson that are too close to powerlines. We too appreciate the beauty and habitat that trees provide and want to share the following information in case it helps with the questions and comments being raised. Not all trees and bushes in downtown Dawson will be cut down. The trees and bushes being cut down are one that are too close to the power line or need to be removed to prepare for work we’re doing this summer to upgrade Dawson’s power system. The trees and bushes being cut down are in areas where a power line easement exists, or we have received permission from the property owner to cut them down. Property owners with trees or other vegetation that needed to be cut down or trimmed were contacted by us last month with a door hanger at their property, a follow-up phone call and a site visit if requested. If you have not received a door hanger, phone call or visit from us, then the trees or bushes on your property do not need to be cut. We know some birds may be nesting. Before we do any brushing, we are required to do a visual inspection to look for nests. If we find any active nests, we ribbon off the area and leave it untouched, and come back to it when we know for sure the birds have left the nest. Removing or trimming these trees is necessary to keep people who work and live around power lines safe and provide reliable electricity service to all of Dawson. Tree contact with power lines is a leading cause of power outages and can also cause fires and broken power lines that can cause electricity to flow to ground. This work will continue until May 15th, 2024. If you have questions about the work happening, please don’t hesitate to call our Dawson office at 993-5565, email billing@yec.yk.ca or visit our office.

Mar 26  Comment

Responding to recent comments on our Whitehorse Relicensing Project Proposal

As many Yukoners know, our hydro facilities are the main reason we can generate over 90% renewable electricity in the territory. We are in the process of relicensing two of our hydro facilities, the Whitehorse Rapids Generating Station and the Mayo Generating Station. We know that our hydro facilities have impacts on fish. We are committed to reducing these impacts on salmon and other fish species and are having discussions with First Nation governments in the project areas, as well as with the territorial and federal governments, to determine the best way forward. This work requires time and significant investment. Regarding Yukon Energy’s Whitehorse Rapids Generating Station Relicensing Project Proposal We are aware of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)’s submission to YESAB about our Whitehorse project proposal and agree that the information they have referenced is important. The information wasn’t included in our project proposal because we understood the information to be required at a later stage in assessment and regulatory processes. We are clarifying with DFO what information would be helpful to them, and when. While this is the first time the Whitehorse Rapids Generating Station (WRGS) requires a Fisheries Act Authorization to operate, we have collaborated with DFO over the years to manage impacts to fish at the WRGS. DFO helped to design the current fish ladder at the dam when it was built in 1959. When the fourth turbine was added in 1984, DFO required the Whitehorse fish hatchery be built and operated. Annually, we work together on hatchery targets like salmon broodstock and juveniles released. Like other governments, DFO has been engaged during the multi-year planning process to develop our project proposal. The information we did provide in our project proposal is based on decades of operational information and several years of studies. We are confident in the information we have, while also recognizing there’s more to learn. We will continue to work with all governments to better understand and mitigate the effects of the facility on fish in the near and long term.

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