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This is the first time there has been a spill at the Peace Canyon Dam in 10 years.

Bob Gammer, Community Relations Manager for B.C. Hydro in northern B.C., says it is necessary to manage the excess supply of energy in the system. If they didn’t conduct a spill at this time, there would be more water than the dam can hold at one time.

14,000 cubic feet per second will be released from the dam, which accounts for 20 per cent of the normal amount of water that would go through the dam if it were producing its maximum level of power. Gammer says there is no reason for public concern over the spill, and that there will be no flooding as a result of the process.

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