ten years in the making
After ten years of research, public engagement and planning on the Southern Lakes Enhanced Storage Project, Yukon Energy’s Board of Directors have decided to move the project forward, into the next stage—preparing a proposal to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) to assess the project.
The proposed project would see us storing more water in Marsh, Tagish and Bennett lakes in the fall and early winter each year. The stored water would be used to generate renewable electricity later in the winter, when it’s needed most.
what does this mean?
- YESAB will 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 will have the opportunity to share their views about the project directly with YESAB.
It does not mean that the project will proceed. If all regulatory approvals are granted, the earliest Yukon Energy would be able to use the additional storage range in the Southern Lakes would be the fall of 2023. Nothing in how Yukon Energy monitors and manages water levels in the Southern Lakes will change until that time.
We plan to have our YESAA proposal ready in summer 2021. Between now and then, we will:
- 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.
- 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.
- Negotiate project-specific Benefits Agreements with First Nations.
- 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.
- Develop an adjudication process for property owners who experience unexpected impacts, should the project be implemented, to file concerns and seek additional mitigation.