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Old 11-06-2004   #1
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Please Help Save The Ashlu River

The Ashlu River, near Squamish, British Columbia is severely threatened with an Independent Power Project (IPP). This project would divert a large amount of water out of the natural riverbed, above some of the best whitewater on the river, and then run it through their system, creating electricity (to sell to the US) before returning the water to the riverbed at the bottom of the canyon.
For those of you who don’t know, the Ashlu is an incredible river. It has been featured on several kayak videos including LVM and Twitch to name a few, including the upcoming LVM #14 which will feature Tatlow Creek, a tributary to the Ashlu, (There is an IPP proposed for Tatlow pending the Ashlu project—they would simply tap into the existing infrastructure.) In addition to the amazing whitewater and numerous sections of river on the Ashlu is it’s incredibly long season. There is literally always a section of river to run, regardless of the time of year. This project would destroy the river’s long boating season. Another note to mention is the grizzly bear habit, salmon spawning beds and other wildlife that call this valley home.
The nearby town of Squamish is the self-proclaimed “Recreation Capital of Canada” and for good reason. The town and a majority of its citizens understand the importance in preserving the natural resources and are in opposition to this project. However, there are several other parties that want to see this project obtain approval, and have recently become very active in their fight. However, this project can be stopped and YOU can help. Our opinions are being taken very seriously, and I urge you at this point to stop doing whatever you are doing, take 5 minutes to write a short and simple letter stating your opposition to this project.
This is one of my favorite places to go kayaking and the thought of this project gaining approval is a worse thought than Bush being in office for four more years. Please help me to protect this gem. Thank you.

Please write a short letter to the following addresses stating you opposition.
Cut and paste the following to email your letter:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Cut and paste the below to address your letter:

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Box 219, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
(604) 894-6371
(800) 298-7753
fax (604) 894-6526
[email protected]
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Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Steve Olmstead
Head of Planning and Development
(604) 894-6371 - Ext 228
[email protected]

SLRD Board Members
Russ Oakley (Electoral Area A)

Mickey Macri (Electoral Area B)
[email protected]

Susan Gimse (Electoral Area C)
[email protected]

John Turner (Electoral Area D)
[email protected]

Ian Sutherland (Squamish)
[email protected]

Raj Kahlon (Squamish)
(604) 892-5217
[email protected]

Hugh O'Reilly (Whistler)
(604) 932-5535
[email protected]

Elinor Warner (Pemberton)
(604) 894-6135
[email protected]

Greg Kamenka (Lillooet)
(250) 256-4289
[email protected]

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Old 11-08-2004   #2
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Hey y'all, this is a big deal. It may seem like a "Canadian" issue is not real high on your list of priorities, but realize that the Ashlu drainage is day trip from Seattle -- if you can get to Vancouver or Seattle, then the Ashlu is totally attainable. It is a phenomenal drainage & natural area that is home to old growth forests, grizzlies, glaciers, & glacially carved gorges with rediculous whitewater.

If this resource were in Colorado, the opposition would be so vocal that it would be in the papers & on the news every day. But there are only a handfull of boaters in BC, so their capacity to fight this measure is very limited.

If you've paddled in BC, if you want to paddle in BC, if you know people who paddle in BC, or if you just like watching BC creeks in the videos, PLEASE take a couple minutes to voice your opinion to the people Shane listed above. Unlike the U.S., Canada's local & regional governments really value & respond to public comment on environmental issues like this.

Gracias, eh ...

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