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Spawning steelhead prompt flow increase in Campbell River system

Water flows in the Campbell River system have been nearly doubled for the next few weeks, to accommodate steelhead.

Steelhead are the saltwater form of rainbow trout. They typically spawn in spring, unlike salmon which spawn in fall.

BC Hydro has increased water flows through the Elk Falls Canyon from four to seven cubic metres per second, starting today.

The increase is to help steelhead get to good spawning habitat, making their journey easier from the generating station up to Elk Falls.

BC Hydro has placed temporary safety signs along the trails within the Elk Falls Canyon area, and is asking the public to please stay away from the water flow above Elk Falls.

People can safely view the falls from the suspension bridge and the lookout.

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