Southern Lakes Enhancement

ten years in the making

The proposed Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project would see us storing more water in Marsh, Tagish and Bennett lakes in the fall and early winter each year. to generate more renewable electricity later in the winter, when it’s needed most.

After ten years of research, public engagement and planning on the Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project, Yukon Energy’s Board of Directors decided in 2020 to prepare a proposal to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) to assess the project.

As part of that decision, we also committed to:

  1. Work with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council to complete fieldwork for a Heritage Resources Impact Assessment.
  2. Continue our discussions with First Nations governments and other stakeholders in the project area to develop a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan. This will help us track potential effects of the project and outline how we’ll make adjustments, if needed, to address significant effects.
  3. Negotiate project-specific Benefits Agreements with First Nations.
  4. Meet with Southern Lakes property owners who are expected to be directly affected by the project to review and confirm our erosion and groundwater mitigation plans.
  5. Develop an adjudication process for property owners who experience unexpected impacts, should the project be implemented, to file concerns and seek additional mitigation.

what did this decision mean?

  • YESAB would assess whether the proposed project is expected to have significant adverse effects on the environment or the well-being of Yukoners.
  • Yukoners and other interested parties would have the opportunity to share their views about the project directly with YESAB.
  • It does not mean that the project would proceed.

Fall 2021 update:

Field work and landowner engagement that was originally scheduled for this past summer could not be completed because of high water levels in the Southern Lakes. Because of this, we were not able to submit our proposal to YESAA this summer asking them to assess this project like we originally planned.

For now, we continue to have discussions with First Nations in the project area about their interests and values in the proposed project, and to determine the best path forward to have this project assessed by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board.

We understand that there continues to be mixed feelings about this project. For now, Southern Lakes residents can be assured that at minimum, the Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project will not be implemented before the fall of 2023.