BC Hydro says the planned seismic upgrades to the John Hart Dam made “good advancements in 2020,” and sets them up for a big year in 2021.
“We initiated the project in 2014 to find the best way to upgrade the dam so that it can withstand a severe earthquake and maintain downstream public safety,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson. “Over that time, we have been meeting with First Nations, government agencies and stakeholders on the project as we refined the design, and considered community interests. We now have a plan in place where once these upgrades are complete it is our expectation that the John Hart Dam would withstand a severe earthquake.”
In early December, Watson said BC Hydro provided another project update to their Campbell River Hydroelectric Facilities Liaison Committee, made up of about two-dozen stakeholders and government agencies.