Dead fish turning up in Dinosaur Lake leaves BC Hydro perplexed

A submitted photo of fish that were allegedly found dead on the surface of Dinosaur Lake on Wednesday.

HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — A BC Hydro spokesperson says that the Crown Corporation is puzzled about what caused a large number of fish to turn up dead in one of its reservoirs last weekend.

Energeticcity.ca first learned about a large number of dead fish showing up in Dinosaur Lake near Hudson’s Hope in a news tip last Friday evening. A member of the BC Conservation Officer Service stated that while patrolling the lake on Sunday, officers did not notice anything out of the ordinary. However, another Fort St. John-area social media post this morning stated that dead fish were again seen on the lake’s surface on Wednesday.

When asked about the situation, Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer confirmed that the Crown Corporation was informed about the dead fish last Friday. Hydro staff confirmed the presence of the fish during a boat tour of the lake, and collected samples of the deceased fish that same day. Hydro then reported the discovery to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations & Rural Development, as well as to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

When asked about what could have caused the fish to turn up dead, Gammer stated that BC Hydro reviewed its operations leading up to the discovery, and confirmed that none of its operations were in breach of the Corporation’s water license. Apart from that, he added that there is currently no indication as to what could have caused the fish to turn up dead. “It’s certainly not a good news story,” said Gammer. “But, we don’t see that our operations were related to this. Everything was consistent with the conditions of our water license.”

This isn’t the first time a large number of fish have been found dead in a Northeast B.C. lake this year. In May, the phenomenon known as “winter kill” is suspected to have caused a swarm of fish to die in Inga Lake north of Fort St. John.

Energeticcity.ca reached out to both the DFO and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development for comment, but calls were not returned by press time.

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