Welcome to the Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program website. CBFWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro and the British Columbia Government (Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection [MWLAP]) to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations affected by BC Hydro dams in the Columbia Basin.

A second important mandate is public communications and consultation: communicate with the public on Program activities; where appropriate, consult with local conservation groups and communities on projects; and to share the results of our work with the public, resource managers and the scientific community. That's one of the primary purposes of this website.

Since its inception in 1994, CBFWCP has delivered 326 projects with 276 partners including many local conservation groups. Our projects range from small wetlands creation to the largest lake restoration project in the world, from bull trout genetics to cougar-prey ecology.

Hopefully, you will find the information on this website as exciting and informative as we have been in doing these projects. We appreciate any feedback from you on how we can improve this website service. And please come back again -- often.


Maureen DeHaan
Program Manager


Hydroelectric development by BC Hydro in the Columbia Basin occurred between 1960 and 1985. Some of the potential dam impacts were immediately evident, such as the Seven Mile Dam development flooding prime white-tailed deer habitat in the Pend d'Oreille Valley. Other impacts, such as decline in lake productivity, were gradual and took up to a 20-25 year period before becoming evident.

CBFWCP evolved from existing Mica, Arrow and Pend d'Oreille compensation programs and related activities in the Arrow, Duncan and Revelstoke reservoir areas to create a more comprehensive and integrated program for the B.C. portion of the Columbia River Basin. See key facts and events for more information.


This 2000/01 project year is the sixth year that the Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program has been delivering projects to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations affected by BC Hydro dam-related activities in the region.

A joint partnership between Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection (MWLAP) and BC Hydro, CBFWCP hit the ground running in 1994/95 and has been fast-tracking ever since. This is reflected in the number of projects delivered and the level of participation from dedicated groups and organizations.

This year we are delivering 35 fish and wildlife projects. A major focus this year is the much-anticipated Arrow Lakes Reservoir fertilization project. While many residents around the reservoir were aware fish populations were declining, we had to first complete a series of studies to determine the full extent of the problem before implementing a restoration plan that we were confident would work. This is the same approach taken for the successful Kootenay Lake fertilization project which increased kokanee populations over 800% since 1991.



Maureen DeHaan, Program Manager
Maureen holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Environmental Science from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia as well as a Diploma in Forest Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Before joining the Compensation Program in 1994, she was Planning & Assessment Manager with BC Environment and an Environmental Forester with an environmental management firm in interior BC. Maureen is a registered professional biologist and professional forester.

Beth Woodbridge, Administrative Assistant
Beth joined CBFWCP in 1995 and has 18 years of administration experience with BC Hydro. She applies a broad range of administrative and public interaction experience to what she considers "the perfect job". As the front line person - the first voice you hear when you call the Nelson office - Beth views her role as: "I'm here to help people who are interested in the Program in what ever way I can".

John Krebs, Senior Wildlife Biologist
John has extensive experience in both wildlife management and technical forestry, particularly in the Columbia Basin region. A biology graduate from Simon Fraser University, he earned his Masters in Science Zoology from the University of Alberta as well as a Diploma in Fish, Wildlife & Recreation from BCIT. An active member of the Western Forest Carnivore Committee and the North Columbia Mountain Ecological Research Group, John has published over 15 reports on his research work. He has been with compensation programs in the Columbia Basin since 1992. John is a registered Professional Biologist.

John Gwilliam, Wildlife Biologist
A wildlife biologist with compensation programs in the Columbia Basin since 1980, John has a broad range of hands-on wildlife management, habitat enhancement and public involvement experience throughout the area. He was involved in the Pend d'Oreille Wildlife Management Plan as well as developing timber harvesting plans and prescribed burns programs as habitat enhancement techniques. A graduate of the University of Victoria in Biology, John has published a series of reports on his research and programs in the Columbia Basin.

Harald Manson, Senior Fisheries Biologist
A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Harald spent 27 years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources before joining CBFWCP. His last position at the Ministry was Operations Supervisor, overseeing the delivery of aquatic research and assessment programs on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair.

Steve Arndt, Fisheries Biologist
Steve has been involved in fisheries-related work in Ontario and New Brunswick since 1982. A Masters of Science graduate from the University of New Brunswick, he is the author of a number of reports on salmonid growth and field assessment. Steve's main interests are fish population dynamics and fisheries management.


Karen Bray, Fisheries Biologist
Karen has a Masters of Science in Watershed Ecosystems from Trent University in Ontario and a solid background in the theories, principles and practices of aquatic sciences and habitat rehabilitation. She also has extensive training and experience in methods of assessing and managing habitat, fish populations and environmental impacts. Karen is the author of numerous publications and presentations on aquatic habitat conservation and restoration. Karen is a registered Professional Biologist.


Larry Ingham, Wildlife Biologist
Larry has been involved in wildlife compensation programs in the Columbia Basin since 1992. As well, he has extensive experience in the region as a wildlife biologist for Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection (MWLAP), B.C. Conservation Foundation and the Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund. Larry is a Simon Fraser University graduate in Biology and a B.C.I.T. graduate of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program. His habitat enhancement proposals have been recognized with two awards of excellence from the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. Larry is a registered Professional Biologist.


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