• Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2792.32 feet to 2792.27 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently 32 m3/s.
  • Twenty-eight (28) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately five (5) millimetres of precipitation anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.
  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2792.41 feet to 2792.32 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • Twenty-nine (29) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately twenty to forty (20-40) millimetres of precipitation anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.

Flow Facts: 27 October to 2 November 2023

  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2792.72 feet to 2792.41 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • No precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately 15-20 (fifteen – twenty) millimetres of precipitation is anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.

Rio Tinto BC Works has prepared a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document to address your questions regarding the current drought conditions in the Nechako region.

The BC Works Watershed Team is available to answer any other questions you may have.

Please visit us at the Rio Tinto BC Works community office located at 158 Stewart Street West, Vanderhoof, BC.

You can also reach out directly to Aman Parhar, Community Advisor via phone at 250-407-3514 or email aman.parhar@riotinto.com 

Flow Facts: 13 October to 19 October 2023

  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2792.90 feet to 2792.86 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • Thirty-one (31) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately 10 – 40 (ten to forty) millimetres of precipitation is anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.

Flow Facts: 6 October to 12 October 2023

  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2793.10 feet to 2792.90 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • Five (5) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately 10 – 40 (ten to forty) millimetres of precipitation is anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions

Flow Facts: 29 September to 5 October 2023

  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2793.29 feet to 2793.10 feet
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • Eight (8) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately 10 – 20 (ten to twenty) millimetres of precipitation is anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.

Flow Facts: 22 September to 28 September 2023

  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2793.47 feet to 2793.29 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • Eleven (11) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately 15 – 20 (fifteen to twenty) millimetres of precipitation is anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.

World Rivers Day 2023

On World Rivers Day, Rio Tinto BC Works is pleased to highlight the Nechako Water Engagement Initiative (WEI). The WEI is a multi-stakeholder water use planning initiative aimed at enhancing the understanding and improvement of how Rio Tinto’s operations in the Nechako River affect various environmental, social, and economic interests within the watershed.

In the early 1950s, the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan, now Rio Tinto) constructed a dam across the Nechako River as part of their aluminum smelter in Kitimat. The Kenney dam, 80km south west of Vanderhoof, created the Nechako Reservoir and facilitated diversion of water west to Kemano, Rio Tinto’s hydroelectric generating station. The new reservoir flooded thousands of hectares of land and significantly reduced downstream flows in the Nechako River.  

Now, nearly 70 years later, the WEI brings together Indigenous peoples, along with federal, provincial, and local governments, academia, stakeholder groups, and community members to guide Rio Tinto BC Works toward more informed and environmentally responsible operations. WEI is an interest-based, collaborative, and open process to share information and recommend improvements to water management and the affected interests like fish and wildlife, cultural sites and traditional use, flooding and erosion, recreation and navigation, Rio Tinto’s hydroelectric and aluminum operations, and energy supply to BC residents.

The process is led by independent facilitators (Environmental Dynamics Inc.) and is supported by objective, technical specialists (led by Ecofish Research Ltd.). WEI adheres to self-imposed guiding principles and uses structured decision-making based on the best available science and participant knowledge. The anticipated outcomes of WEI include improved relationships and enhanced communication, changes to how Rio Tinto stores and releases water, scientific studies to fill data gaps, and physical works in the reservoir and river, all to improve the balance of environmental, social, and economic interests.

To find out how you can be involved or informed, visit the WEI page.

Flow Facts: 15 September to 21 September 2023

  • Reservoir level decreased in the past 7 days from 2793.69 feet to 2793.47 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge is currently maintained at ~33 m3/s.
  • Ten (10) millimetres of precipitation was recorded last week, with approximately 15 – 20 (fifteen to twenty) millimetres of precipitation is anticipated over the next 7 days.
  • Real-time and historical information on reservoir activity can be viewed at any time by clicking here. Please see images below for further details regarding current reservoir conditions.