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Ashlu Creek Green Power Project

2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

The 2006 Ashlu River Festival just finished this evening and here are images from the event.

Sunny skies, 27 degrees Celcius, air conditioned shuttles and 30+ boat shuttles to get paddlers to the various runs on the Ashlu and the nearby Elaho and Squamish Rivers for a great variety of nearby runs from the festival base. The views at the campsite of local Tantalus and Alpha Mountains and icefalls were inspirational.

Boaters came from as far as the eastern USA and many from Oregon and Washington State. Vancouver Island boaters were also in attendance and it was hard to say just how many people were taking part this weekend. Kayakers are people from all walks of life, some people as old as 67, who paddled the Ashlu.

There are 5 major raft companies locally and a new campground in the upper Squamish Valley and tourism continues to expand.

There will be more photos posted at whitewater.org and at ashluriver.info

Paul Nilsen
Squamish WW Paddlers Club

2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
2006 Ashlu River Festival - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Ashlu Wild Spirit Place - Video:Paul Nilsen
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Ashlu River Protest Video -

I made this video in anger over the second application by Ledcor for an IPP on the Ashlu Canyon, a variation of a video I made for round one, in which Ledcor lost. It remains to be seen if the provincial government invokes Bill 75. Gordon Campbell has not made public the BC Hydro integrated electrical plan from December of last year. Since Ledcor made a large contribution to the Liberal party in the last election I expect there is tremendous pressure to push this project over the objections of local community.

Privatizing our hydro and giving up an asset like BC Hydro is a huge mistake for our future. One only need look at Nova Scotia and Ontario to see the cost structure to the public now. While I support run of the river power,I also support the protection of some rivers for recreation and community values. The Ashlu is worth that support. If the initial project zoning is approved, there will be no stopping the proponent from increasing development in the upper reaches of the valley in the future. The majority of the residents of the Upper Squamish valley oppose this development. The land use plan of the Squamish Nation, which took them 5 years to finish, clearly displays the wishes of the members to restrict development in this valley. It has been described as a Wild Spirit Place in this land use document and are called Este Twilith. There was once a native village near the Squamish river and the lost middens and graveyards remain, hidden. This Wild Spirit Place extends up the west side of the Squamish River, where a huge cave of bats reside above the river. The Ashlu consistently has the largest individual eagle count in all of the salmon reaches, according to the Brackendale Eagle Fest count. The Meager Geothermal project and the former Woodfibre mill site will more than double the loss of the Ashlu development. The former Woodfibre mill already has a small run of the river generator that could be expanded, boilers that can be converted to biofuel power generation and a huge site across Howe Sound that would support a large wind farm. Squamish is trying to attract a wind power company to set up shop here and partner on a power development.
Paul Nilsen


Ashlu Fest 05 - Video:Paul Nilsen
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Ashlu Fest 05 - Video by Paul Nilsen Squamish Whitewater Paddlers

Ashlu River Backgrounder

January 12, 2006

The Ashlu River joins the Squamish River beneath the Tantalus Glacier, and Tantalus Provincial Park, both visible from Highway 99, just north of Squamish.

In 2003 the Upper Squamish Valley Community was asked to attend a public hearing held by the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) regarding a zoning application by Ledcor who were interested in building a run of river hydro project as an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

In 2004 The Sea to Sky Land Resource Management Plan (LRMP) was completed and included a list of 11 waterways, including the Ashlu identified as having values more important to the region than industrial development purposes with values such as tourism, recreation, wildlife, and community values. These LRMP recommendations were put forward, with consensus of all of the sectors save the energy sector, which desired no restrictions on its activities in the area.

On January 11th, 2005

The Squamish Lillooet Regional District Board (SLRD) recommended against the Ledcor application in an 8-1 vote denying the request for re-zoning, after a two year process which saw the controversial proposal go through 3 public hearings, and 4 open houses. Minister Neufeld subsequently quoted in the press as saying "we need to make these things happen".

Prior to the public hearing process the SLRD developed an IPP Policy, available on their website, that addressed some of the local concerns. They also asked the Provincial Government for a moratorium on waterpower licenses until a comprehensive plan was established as the number of applications in the area is significant. A coalition of stakeholder groups and organizations also called for a moratorium on waterpower licenses.

On November 28th 2005

The SLRD received a letter from Richard Neufeld’s Ministry, Energy Mines and Resources (EMR) signed by Greg Reimer, Deputy Minister, proposing a deal whereby Ledcor would receive the zoning for the Ashlu in exchange for water reserve status to be placed on 10 other rivers some of which were mentioned in the LRMP. A planning process was alluded to, but this would only occur after the Ashlu zoning was approved. (The Manager of Planning and Development at the SLRD wrote a report.) (Attached)

December 20, 2005

SLRD received a second letter, this time from EMR’s Neil Banera, Director of IPP Policy and Operations, clarifying the first letter. (Attached)

"It is my understanding that Ledcor will be submitting a rezoning application in the near future. Should the rezoning not be approved, our recommendation regarding the water reserves will not proceed".

December 22, 2005

The SLRD received the Ledcor zoning application on the Ashlu, which will go before the Board at its next meeting on January 30, 2006 at 1350 Aster Street in Pemberton, B.C.

January 30, 2006

SLRD Board will be in session at their offices in Pemberton, Box 219 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0, 800-298-7753. The SLRD has a statutory obligation to consider the application and thus will receive and debate the action to be taken on the Ledcor application. They will also receive a report from the Manager of Planning and Development in the context of the two letters from EMR.

SLRD Board: Chairperson, Mayors of Lillooet, Gold Bridge, Birken, Gold Bridge Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish plus an additional Councilor from Squamish. The SLRD is comprised of four electoral areas (A,B,C,D), including Gold Bridge, Bralorne, Pavilion, Texas Creek, Yalakom, Seton Portage D'Arcy, Birken, Pinecrest/Black Tusk Village, Upper Squamish, Ring Creek, Furry Creek, Britannia, Porteau Cove. The four member municipalities are Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Lillooet.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS

  • Planning Department Report January 7, 2005 recommending no re-zoning of Ashlu.
  • Sea to Sky LRMP
  • Letter EMR /Riemer November 28, 2005 and letter EMR / Neil Banera December 20, 2005
  • SLRD Planning Dept Report Nov 28, 2005
  • A review of the waterways in the EMR offer to the SLRD
  • A review of the power projects in the Sea to Sky corridor
  • A review of the waterpower applications in either complete or very close to completion in BC.
  • Map of the Ashlu area
  • Cohen/ BC Energy plan

NOTE: Small run of river IPP licenses of less than 50 megawatts, has or had three components: federal agency approvals, provincial agency approvals both water license and land tenure, and local government re-zoning approval.

Everything except the local zoning was done through a closed-door referral process. The government claims they are transparent when they are invisible. Until the Ashlu all of the run (11 installations) of river IPPs except for Christina Lake and The Ryan project had been licensed without delay.

Ashlu River Backgrounder Prepared by Tom Rankin 12/01/06
Phone 604-898 2064
Please contact the writer for further information.


ashlu play run 1st drop Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
ashlu play run 1st drop
ashlu play run 1st drop Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu play run 1st drop Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Xtended Play Run Put in Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Xtended Play Run Put in

The play run shot is from above the 1st main drop, a 4- ledge at higher water with the line shown by the old school coloured paddler .This level is medium low.

The canyon shots are from below the 25 mile bridge in Commitment Canyon, from the canyon trail [1 km] just past 25 mile bridge, on the river left. The canyon shots are 6 inch higher flow, still a medium level on the low side of medium.
Paul Nilsen - My Coastal BC IS Squamish

Xtended Play Run Put in Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Ashlu Bridge at Tatlow Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Ashlu Bridge at Tatlow
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
ashlu canyon

ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
ashlu canyon

ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
ashlu canyon last tango Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005
ashlu canyon last tango;

ashlu canyon last tango Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005
 
Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Ashlu River Fest - Aug 20, 2005 - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

SWP - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Aug 20 Ashlu River Course

Junior National team members will run a clinic Saturday morning for interested paddlers who pre registerd. Athletes expected to attend - Junior National Team member Anna Williams, Senior National Development Team members Jon and Craig Allen and Derek Beer, Craig Nadalin. These are some of the best slalom paddlers in Canada.
This is an introductory slalom race and clinic open to paddlers of ALL abilities, boat types, ages, etc...
Kayakers can race against their friends' time or compete against our national team athletes timed run.

Toby Roessingh, former National team coach and program co ordinator will set up the temporary gates required to set the timed course
Hosted with the Fraser Valley Regional Development Center, which is run by former National Team coach Toby Roessingh, funded through PacificSport, and intended to further develop participation and performance in the slalom discipline regionally.

The public is invited to watch from the Ashlu fan bridge area.This is the Interfor picnic area with plenty of parking, about 3 km off the pavement right on the Ashlu main access road. Turn left over the Squamish river bridge about a kilometer past the end of the pavement on the Squamish Valley Road. Watch out for local kids, dogs and even cows on the road in the upper Squamish valley.
The clinic will be active from 10;00 am and the timed heats will begin at 1;30 pm. Free to watch. Toby is raising awareness of this sport to the public through this event, held along with the Ashlu River Festival this weekend. The festival has several hundred visitors and features over $8000.00 in prizes put up by sponsors. There will be kayakers to watch at the 25 mile bridge rapid known as "Last Tango" at times during the weekend as they run that drop.

People interested in Olympic slalom should visit the RDC website, www.kayakrdc.org, which has event listings, news and articles, programs, etc... it's a good resource.

Paul Nilsen
Director
Squamish Whitewater Paddlers

Ashlu River Photos:Paul Nilsen

Cam Huge Purl - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Lyall - Dogleg Drop - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Mike - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Cam Oct 24 Steamroller - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Cam Oct 24 Steamroller - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Cam Oct 24 Steamroller - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Raft Paddles - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
Stuart - drop - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Stuart ashlu drop
 
stuart smilin - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 

Stuart SWP Member - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
The face of the water spirit - Ashlu River - Photo:Paul Nilsen
 
SWP Presents: 2nd Annual 2005 Ashlu Festival in Squamish, BC.

The Squamish Whitewater Paddlers are extending an invitation to all the paddlers in Western Canada - to come out and join us for another Ashlu River Festival.

This year the dates are August 17 - 21.

Like last year we have events for every level of paddler, as well as for non paddlers. We have raft trips, float trips, canyon hikes, throw bag shootouts, freestyle clinics, creeking clinics, beginner lessons, guided trips for beginners to experts, plus boatloads of gear to give away.

Like last year the very reasonable event fee gets you: shuttles for the weekend, a Saturday Night BBQ meal and party, an event T-shirt, camping for the event, guided trips, and much more !

Last year this was one of the largest whitewater events held in Canada, and we have even more going on this year!

If you are travelling from afar, we have mid-week paddling in the Squamish - Pemberton area that is exceptional for paddlers of any skill level.

Help support our efforts to ensure the Ashlu stays free flowing. As with last years events, all proceeds go to our river conservation efforts.

There is more information at the Ashlu Festival website, and we will be posting more daily until the event.

Mark this one on your calendars, and if you are planning a trip out west, this is one event you will want to see.

If you would like to volunteer or need more info please contact:

Stuart Smith
Ashlu Festival website


Ashlu Play Run Late Summer - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Late Summer
Ashlu Stuart Airborne - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Airborne

Some mixed shots including the class 4+ to 5- feature "Last Tango" at the end of the MiniMine Run.Will be a boof contest on it at the festival.Excellent view right from the bridge.

Other shots from the class 3 to 4- Play Run and class 2 to 3 Extended Play Run.Note the awesome water colour. Must be seen to appreciate.

Largest file is the class 3+ to 4 + MiniMine Run put in.The Mine Run just below the Play Run is class 5 rapids.

Paul Nilsen

the 1st Nations received a 1 % interest in the Furry Creek IPP on their traditional territory.

1 and a half jobs were created permanently.

Ashlu River Photos:Paul Nilsen

Ashlu MiniMine Put in - Photo:Paul Nilsen
MiniMine Put in
Ashlu Bridge Put In - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Bridge Put In

Ashlu cooling systems - Photo:Paul Nilsen
cooling systems
Ashlu Drop - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Drop

Ashlu Ex PlayRun Put in - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Ex PlayRun Put in
AshluFest Freestyle Clinic - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Freestyle Clinic

AshluFest Put In Wave - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Put In Wave
AshluFest Put In Wave - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Put In Wave

AshluFest Put In Wave - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Put In Wave

AshluFest Put In Wave James - Photo:Paul Nilsen
James
Ashlu Log Span at Put In - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Log Span at Put In

Ashlu Lwr Run - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Lwr Run
Ashlu Mountain Vista - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Vista

Ashlu Play Feature - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Feature
Ashlu Play Feature - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Feature

Ashlu Play Feature - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Feature
Ashlu Play Run - Photo:Paul Nilsen
Play Run

 


Stewardship of the Ashlu
by Sue Ramsay

This is a letter sent to Ian Sutherland, Mayor of Squamish, Raj Kahlon, Slrd Board and Squamish Council, and the Squamish Chief newspaper. I have also sent a copy to whitewater.org. I believe many people within your community would be very concerned about the developing political situation. Comments about road blockades on Squamish Nation land,specifically the road to the Upper Squamish,and thus the Ashlu were directed and not subtly , to the kayaking community. I will not be able to leave my home if this happens. Naturally I am very concerned about that. I believe a large majority of your community would support the Squamish Nation's inherent right to stewardship of their traditional territories,and at the very least would want to hear the whole story ,before taking a position on this particular issue.

Randy Lewis of the Squamish Nation had a message for recreation users in Squamish Nation territory, at Monday nights meeting at the Sea to Sky hotel. As much as the developer of the Ashlu Creek project has had to gain approval from the Nation in order to gain approval from the SLRD, recreation businesses operating in Squamish Nation Territory, should also gain approval from the Squamish Nation before they should recieve approval from Land and Water B.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Squamish Nation

Ashlu Whitewater Festival August 19 - 22, 2004

PR battle over Ashlu IPP heats up - whistlerquestion.com

There was a message for individual recreation users as well; that their personal interests will not come ahead of all the generations of the Squamish Nation, when it comes to resource management in their Territory. I hope that the District of Squamish was listening, because one of the most significant components of developing outdoor recreation in this area is a positive and co-operative relationship with the Squamish Nation. We drive through ten miles of Reserve to get to the Upper Squamish & the Ashlu, the Elaho, and the rest of TFL 38. And you have to go through Reserve lands to go any where in the Paradise Valley. It was quite apparent that opposition to the Ashlu will be considered opposition to the Squamish Nation and their role as stewards. All the more reason to take into consideration the benefits to many generations of both the Squamish Nation, and the community at large, if we support their economic initiatives within their traditional territories. Do you honestly wish to take from them this oppurtunity to develop Green Power? They have done nine years of studies on this project and impact considerations in all areas from Wildlife to fish populatons and habitat, and recreational use. Members of the Squamish Nation sat in the Ashlu all day counting Kayakers and other traffic through there for a long time. Randy Lewis stated; "We have done our due diligence." I could not agree more. They have been monitoring fish populations in co-operation with Fisheries and Oceans for a very long time. Much of the data on Fish and Wildlife in the corridor is a direct result of First Nations participation with the respective government agencies. The role of Stewardship of their territories has existed for all of their history, it did not cease upon contact, nor cease fom residential schools or other attempts at assimilation. They have been observing and speaking out for this region a long time. There are elders in this community whose lives began before this community was more than a few homesteads. The first non-natives settled in Squamish in 1889. Not so long ago in living memory!No doubt there are people still living who would remember these first settlers. Many who would remember the communities of the Upper Squamish and Cheakamus Rivers as well. There are reserves lands up both of those valleys that may not be inhabited but are culturally significant sites that have recently been used for camping, raving, rafting, hunting, parking and, disposing of garbage, by those very recreation users whose rights are supposedly being diminished. It is time to stop ignoring the Squamish Nation as stewards of this territory and support initiatives of this type. Green Power is a good economic initiative for First Nations all over this country. A good Outdoor Recreation policy respects and includes First Nations.

Sincerely,
Susan Ramsay
Upper Squamish Valley

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