Cariboo – Cooperative Maintenance & Enhancement of Agriculturally Significant Dams [cb02]
|Status||completed in 2015|
|Project Lead||Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: A Shared Approach to Maintaining & Enhancing Dams in the Cariboo.
In the Cariboo region, dams play an important role in water storage to ensure continued access to sufficient water for irrigation and livestock. While dams benefit a range of stakeholders, many agricultural producers are solely responsible for mandatory dam assessments, upgrades, maintenance and management. These can be cost prohibitive, and there is concern that producers are opting to decommission dams rather than maintain them.
This project created an inventory of agricultural dams across the region, documented their issues, and prioritized them in terms of their potential for increased storage and level of risk of decommissioning. Key partners were consulted during the inventory with the objective of documenting common interests and/or co-benefits (e.g., wetland type and wildlife habitat values) associated with agricultural dams. Upon completion of the inventory, a dialogue was initiated with potential partners in order to identify and define potential costs and risk-sharing strategies for dams. A cooperative dam management and maintenance approach was recommended for addressing challenges and ensuring that valuable dams are not decommissioned.