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An eight-kilometre section of the Halfway River will be closed to boaters from September 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, as BC Hydro clears vegetation to prepare for the Site C reservoir. During this time, six temporary crossings will be built across the river to transport logs and equipment during the winter clearing season.
The river will be re-opened and the crossings removed by May 2021, in time for the next boating season. Boaters will continue to be able to access the Peace River from the Halfway River boat launch.
Removing vegetation from the reservoir area ensures boater safety and reduces impacts to dam construction and operations. Merchantable timber will be hauled to local mills, while the remaining debris will be burned or chipped.
During this time, the public can expect:
- Closure of boat access on the Halfway River
- Increased truck traffic, such as log hauling and clearing equipment
- Increased noise
- Smoke from burning vegetation