Bennett Dam spill ends
BC Hydro's spill on the WAC Bennett Dam is now over. Over the last 16 days, the power company conducted the spill - gushing a thousand cubic metres of water a second out of the Williston Reservoir.
Over 380 million litres of water poured into the Peace river, causing the river level to rise by a noticable amount.
This was the first time in a decade that a major spill was done at the bennett dam. According to Bob Gammer with BC Hydro, that caused a bit of a tourist boom. He says as many as 1100 people a day visited the Bennett Dam to take a peek at the spill. Gammer calls it a significant amount of traffic, as the dam usually sees about 11000 visitors a year.
Unusually high snow pack in the mountains prompted the spill, as BC Hydro worked to lower the Reservoir level.