[84], In the Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin, almost half of which is part of the Kootenay River basin,[85][86] there are 447 species of terrestrial vertebrates. [29] Ktunaxa creation myths state that their people were created by the Quilxka Nupika (supreme being) and have always lived in the region; one reads "I have created you Kootenai people to look after this beautiful land, to honor and guard and celebrate my Creation here. The lock was also too small to accommodate the vessel. "[41] Of course, wine, beer, rum and other intoxicating drinks were imported in time. Wildlife: The river canyon provides a year round home to white tail deer with frequent visits by mule deer, elk, and moose. About 15,000 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet advanced southwards into present-day BC, Montana and Idaho, blocking the Kootenay River at the outlet of Kootenay Lake, which did not yet exist. [132], In Kootenay National Park alone, there are over 200 kilometres (120 mi) of hiking trails, ranging from short day hikes to long backpacking trips. A proposed new dam on the Canadian side of Lake Koocanusa could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a feasibility study that was done following concerns over water management.. Keep a close eye on the river and you may catch a glimpse of the West Kootenay Power hydroelectric dams that harnessed the river for well over a century. (However, at first, his party referred to it as Palliser's River.) The dam contains three sections; a non-overflow section from the west bank of the river to the headworks, 129 m (425 ft) long and 18 m (60 ft) high; a spillway section 396 m (1300 ft) from the headworks to an island upstream; and a second spillway section 152 m (500 ft) long from the island to the east bank of the river. Today, little remains of the former settlement at Brilliant except for Verigin's tomb. Use this interactive map to learn about the Columbia River system including reservoir levels, dams, reservoirs and hydro generation. We feature 64,300,000 royalty free photos, 342,000 stock footage clips, digital videos, vector clip art images, clipart pictures, background graphics, medical illustrations, and maps. Located just north of Kootenay Lake at the confluence of the Duncan and Lardeau Rivers, Duncan Dam was designed to collect heavy spring runoff to prevent flooding downstream and to help maintain the flow of the Columbia – the Kootenay River feeds the Columbia as a tributary – for electricity production in the winter. While the Columbia flows north around the Big Bend to Mica Dam, the Kootenay River flows south. The Flathead is a tributary of the Clark Fork River-Pend Oreille River system which borders the Kootenay watershed on the southwest. The energy company, formed in 1897, supplied power to the early Rossland Trail smelter operations from relatively small hydro-electric power plants on the Kootenay River, some 35 miles from Trail. For many years, Brilliant continued to be a major center in the region's lumber industry. Both are tributaries of the South Saskatchewan River, which is part of the Hudson Bay drainage basin. The Corra Linn Dam has held water in Kootenay Lake since it was commissioned in 1932 to generate electricity from the Kootenay River. and Kaniksu National Forest (part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, which stretch southwards into the state). Armstrong was forced to portage the vessel and eventually made it to Golden. Highway 3A crosses the Kootenay River about three kilometres north of the junction and stays on the north side for most of the way to Nelson. The Kootenay River runs 781 kilometres (485 mi) from its headwaters in the Kootenay Ranges of the Canadian Rockies, flowing from British Columbia's East Kootenay region into northwestern Montana, then west into the northernmost Idaho Panhandle and returning to British Columbia in the West Kootenay region, where it joins the Columbia at Castlegar. The site contained railway spurs, maintenance shops, housing, and a recreation hall that hosted dances, films, a bowling alley and other leisure activities. Sheri Regnier; Jan. 14, 2021 12:00 a.m. Ecosystem Function Discussion Paper 21/3/18 3/7 Upper Columbia Basin Environmental Collaborative Figure 2. This would allow for the generation of increased hydroelectric power on the Columbia. The canal is used to generate hydroelectricity, as are the four dams. [109] The seven dams on the Kootenay serve many purposes, ranging from generation of local electricity to regulation of Columbia River flow between Canada and the United States. Use this interactive map to learn about the Columbia River system including Columbia River Treaty dams, reservoirs and pre-dam water levels. In 1973, the Libby Dam was built, forming Lake Koocanusa and which extends back into Canada. By 1913, there were already more than 5,000 Doukhobors living in the region. We monitor the lake levels throughout the year, which are governed by the 1938 International Joint Commission order on Kootenay Lake. It forms part of the boundary between the Selkirk Mountains, to its west, and the Purcell Mountains, to its east. At Wardner, British Columbia, the Kootenay widens into the Lake Koocanusa reservoir, formed by Libby Dam over 130 kilometres (81 mi) downstream at Jennings, Montana. At the opposite end of the scale, it would dry the bed of the Kootenay River downstream of Canal Flats, cutting off water supply to residents of the upper Kootenay Valley and invalidating the effectiveness of Libby Dam, whose construction was to begin in a few years. On the south and southeast, the divide formed by the Cabinet and Whitefish ranges separate the Kootenay and Flathead River watersheds. [88] Fish fauna in the region are largely shared with those of the Columbia Unglaciated ecoregion to the south, which has about fifty species of fish and only one endemic species. Keep watch. But in all that time, the dam has received only minimal upgrades, aside from those made to three generator units. Rafting the middle Kootenay between Libby Dam and Bonners Ferry is best at flows of 230 to 340 cubic metres per second (8,000 to 12,000 cu ft/s). Already knowing from earlier maps that the region included two rivers called the Columbia and the Kootenay, Thompson thought that what is now called the Columbia was the Kootenay, and he thought that he had not yet found the real Kootenay. Completed: 1928 Operator: West Kootenay Power and Light (FortisBC) Type: Concrete gravity dam run of river . In 1806, explorer David Thompson set out from Saskatchewan to find the source of the Columbia. Gwendoline eventually sailed back south to Jennings to haul iron ore on the Kootenay. Corra Linn Dam (Kootenay Lake, BC) Falls River Hydro Dam (Falls River, BC) Hugh Keenleyside Dam (Castlegar, BC) John Hart Dam (Campbell River, BC) Ladore Dam (Campbell River, BC) Laurie River Dam (Laurie River, MB) Seven Mile Dam (Pend Oreille River, BC) Seven Sisters Dam (Winnipeg River, MB) Within a 55-kilometre drive, there are 11 dams on the Columbia, Kootenay and Pend d’Oreille rivers. [115] Palliser's earlier travels were credited for being a "vital forerunner to the European settlement of the Prairies [of central Canada], providing volumes of information on the resources of this vast region. Galbraith's Ferry was established across the Kootenay near Fort Steele to facilitate crossing by the incoming rush of prospectors and merchants. [12][31] The Ktunaxa are considered quite isolated from other Pacific Northwest and Great Plains tribes. [44] He then proceeded up the Pend Oreille River (noted as 'Pendoreilles') and crossed into the Kootenay River valley, which in his records was either the "Kootanie" or "Flat Bow River". Because the waters of the river are regulated by the dam, the flows and water levels can be erratic. Two of the first steamers, the Duchess and the Cline, both sank when transporting miners to the Wild Horse gold rush on the Kootenay. The Nelson Hydro service area covers from the Nelson Hydro Power Plant on Kootenay River to the west, Blewett, Taghum, Sproule and Grohman Creek, the City of Nelson, Hightway 6 south towards Salmo to Perrier Road and beyond, north and east along Kootenay Lake to Harrop - Procter, Balfour, Queens Bay and terminating at Coffee Creek north of Queens Bay along Kootenay Lake. Castlegar is DAM interesting. [82] The forested zones extend through the alpine and subalpine reaches of the watershed, while grasslands dominate the low terraces and plateaus surrounding the river, especially in the Lake Koocanusa area and the Montana-Idaho portion of the watershed. The U.S. portion of the watershed includes Kootenai National Forest[131] The Kootenai River begins in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. The current Columbia River Treaty is focused primarily on electricity generation and flood storage. Crops such as oats, barley and wheat account for 62 percent of the agricultural output of the region, much of which is used locally or exported by rail. lower on the river, uses all the water from the Kootenay Canal to produce hydroelectric power, returning the water to the river at this point. Keep a close eye on the river and you may catch a glimpse of the West Kootenay Power hydroelectric dams that harnessed the river … The Ktunaxa (Kootenai) were the first people to live along the Kootenay River. The Kootenay Canal Generating Station, completed in 1976 by BC Hydro, has its inlet at Kootenay Lake next to Corra Linn. Download this stock image: Brilliant dam on Kootenay River near Castelgar, British Columbia, Canada - CFCTYP from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Image of rain, kootenay, beauty - 107911579 1.3.1 Flathead River dams; 1.4 Yakima River dams; 1.5 Willamette River dams; 1.6 Santiam River dams. Kootenay River & the Brilliant Dam . [46] They re-blazed the trail for many miles and returned to Kootenay Lake by mid-October of the same year. The Arrow Lakes Generating Station Project saw the addition of a powerhouse located immediately downstream of BC Hydro’s water storage Hugh Keenleyside Dam on the Columbia River. The Brilliant Expansion Project saw the addition second powerhouse located immediately downstream of the Brilliant Dam on the Kootenay River. [50] Originally, the river (and the area) were known as "Stud Horse" by the early miners, but government officials changed it to Wild Horse. Cast the rig out and let it find bottom until it stops. Also, because the Kootenay's primary sources are glaciers, fishing conditions are quite different from most rivers in Montana and Idaho, which are fed by snowmelt. [133] Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular on the park's trails in the winter. It then empties into 100-kilometre (62 mi)-long Kootenay Lake, which is also joined by the Duncan River, the largest tributary in terms of volume. The seven dams on the Kootenay serve many purposes, ranging from generation of local electricity to regulation of Columbia River flow between Canada and the United States. [93] This is attributed to a Kootenay River flood a long time ago, before the construction of any dams on the Columbia (Columbia River dams now block salmon from reaching any of the salmon run streams above Chief Joseph Dam[94] [148] In Montana, the river is rated a Class I water under the Montana Stream Access Law for recreational purposes from Libby Dam to the Montana-Idaho border. HISTORY. [96], Even before non-aboriginal people came to the region, the Kootenay River valley was an important path of trade and transport between the tribes of the Canadian Rockies and the Idaho Panhandle, mostly between the Ktunaxa (who practiced agriculture and aquaculture)[97] and the Salish, Blackfeet and Pend d'Oreilles of the south and east, and with the Shuswap in the north. [54] By 1889, a smelter had been constructed close to the mouth of the Kootenay, near Revelstoke, to process ore from the mines. [18] It receives the Lussier River near Skookumchuck Station of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the St. Mary and Wild Horse rivers at the historic mining town of Fort Steele, then receives the Bull River at the settlement of the same name. [4] In Canada, the term "Kootenays" is loosely defined although the Kootenay Land District, which includes the whole region, is formally defined; the name indirectly refers to the territory of the Kootenay indigenous people spanning from the Rockies on the east and the, Selkirks and Purcells (Percells in the U.S.) on the west in southeastern British Columbia (BC), and is used to mean more the area drained by the Kootenay River, namely including the lower Canadian stretches of the Columbia from Revelstoke to the US border, and also the reaches of the upper Columbia north from Canal Flats at least as far as Golden (the Boundary Country is sometimes referred to as being part of the West Kootenay). Over 70 percent of the Kootenay's watershed is in Canada while the Montana and Idaho portions occupy 23 and 6%, respectively. The 14 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia's main stem and many more on its tributaries produce more than 44 percent of total US hydroelectric generation. [130], Popular Banff National Park lies just across the BC-Alberta border, Yoho National Park sits to the north, and Glacier National Park in the northeast. [28] Glacially deposited sediments buried the old streambed of the Kootenay River and created a natural dam where the Kootenay turns west out of Kootenay Lake. West Kootenay Power & Light was evaluating the Brilliant Canyon as the site of what would be their lowest and largest dam on the Kootenay River as early as 1934. About 15 km (9.3 mi) below Libby it drops over Kootenai Falls. To a limited extent, the Kootenay River has also been used for navigation. This biologically diverse area, the Kootenay Flats, once supported over 1 million migratory birds every year, before the river was diked and many of the wetlands converted to agriculture. The northern Ktunaxa hunted buffalo, while the southerners mainly fished. 3 plant began in 1926 and was fully operational in the summer of 1929. [100] Class I represents bodies of water that are navigable and suitable for recreation. Lower Bonnington Dam. 6 tips to keep you safe . In Canada, these include those listed below as well as many others. Now that you’re familiar with three of the biggest myths about dams, we’ve got some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe. 3 plant began in 1926 and was fully operational in the summer of 1929. Upper Bonnington dam on the Kootenay River with spillways open. In addition there are five hydroelectric dams on the lower Kootenay River in British Columbia. Keep away. [17] It is the third largest tributary of the Columbia by drainage basin and discharge. Both ships had not even reached Canal Flats when they hit rocks in the Columbia. about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long, follows the river from Libby to Kootenai Falls and the well known Swinging Bridge across the Kootenai. The people along the lower river called it aqkoktlaqatl, a name whose meaning is not certain. Because of the size and strength of the river, fishing from drift boats is easier than from the shore. [56][125] There were also never-implemented plans to divert part of the Kootenay enlarged Columbia River through a tunnel to the headwaters of the Thompson River in the northwest, and thence to the Fraser River valley of southwestern British Columbia. However, landlocked salmon inhabit the upper reaches of the river above and in Kootenay Lake. The Libby Dam in the State of Montana was built in 1972 by the US Army Corps of Engineers to control the flood waters of the Kootenay River and provide hydroelectricity to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in the United States for its customers in western part of the country from California to Washington to Montana. The level of Kootenay Lake is vital to operating our four hydroelectric dams on the Kootenay River. [20][21], The Kootenay River is defined by rocky uplands and steep mountains, and there is relatively little flat land in the watershed. Located: Kootenay River, West Kootenay Road, 24km northeast of Castlegar; Completed: 1928; Owner: FortisBC; Generating capacity: 57 MW; Description: A complex near the dam was constructed to house workers. [50][53] Other gold rushes on the Moyie and Goat Rivers, tributaries of the Kootenay, were followed by the discovery of silver and galena mines in the Kootenay Lake and Slocan Valley areas (Silvery Slocan), leading rapidly to the settlement of the region and the creation of various "silver city" boomtowns, notably Nelson, at the outlet of Kootenay Lake, Kaslo, midway up its north arm, New Denver, Silverton, Slocan City and Sandon in the 1880s and 1890s. [102] [119], Solely built for the purpose of regulating water flow into Kootenay Lake, Duncan Dam, the first dam built for the treaty, was raised in 1967 and increased the 25-kilometre (16 mi) long size of Duncan Lake to a reservoir 45 kilometres (28 mi) long. The river is navigable from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Nelson, B.C. [116], After the falls and the junction with the Slocan River the last 18 kilometres (11 mi) of the river is a gradual slope to the merger with the Columbia. The uncontrolled discharge past the Canada-U.S. border created problems for electricity generation in the US, and Canada also wanted to utilize the Columbia river for the production of hydroelectric power. “It doesn’t make sense for Canada to allow American co-management of our three Canadian dams, while we have no control over Libby, which very directly affects Canada,” said Sander-Green. Starting this summer, an extensive project will begin replacing spillway gates and improving other elements of the dam. [73] The Doukhobors then established a ferry across the Columbia River, and a suspension bridge serving the same purpose was completed in 1913. "[30] However, linguistic and other evidence suggests that they are descended from Great Plains tribes that were driven out of their historic territory by the Blackfeet in the 16th century. [71][69][75], However, Doukhobor views on education and the extremist actions of a Doukhobor group called the Sons of Freedom eventually spelled the end of their settlement. After more settlers began arriving, they built larger buildings that housed multiple families, instead of the small cabins then typical of the region. There was already a small settlement on the site, called Waterloo, but Verigin renamed it Brilliant, for the "sparkling waters"[69] of the river. Kootenay River Bridge is 0.8 km upstream of the powerhouse and provides access to canal, powerhouse and switchyard. 1. [112][113], Commercial demand led to two more dams at the falls, these were South Slocan Dam in 1928,[114] and Corra Linn Dam, at the rapids above Bonnington in 1932. As early as 1898, without building a dam, the original Lower Bonnington Power Plant was generating hydroelectricity from Bonnington Falls in the Kootenay River near the confluence of the Slocan River in order to supply water to mines in Rossland, British Columbia. View the Trail Historical Society's first curated online photo exhibit at trailhistory.com. The economy of southeastern British Columbia is strongly dependent on tourism, with the Columbia River, including Columbia Lake and Windermere Lake, being very popular for summer swimming and boating activities. From its highest headwaters to its confluence with the Columbia River, the Kootenay falls more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) in elevation. - X1KFD7 from Alamy's library of millions … [64], The last ship ever to pass through the canal and one of the last on the Kootenay was the North Star, also piloted by Captain Armstrong. The best season for fishing is from June to November. The dam's powerplant has a generating capacity of 49 MW. [83][84] The other sections of the river flow through far more rugged terrain and are characterized by braiding, low nutrient content, shifting channels and coarse sediments, making it difficult for riparian zones to be established, as is with most of its upper and lower tributaries. [99] In fact, much of the economy of the Pacific Northwest and Columbia Basin has historically been, and continues to be, to this day, dependent on the lumber industry. The new town's site was officially named Kootenai (though still known as Fisherville), also spelled Kootenay and Koutenais and also known as Wild Horse. [40] When two of Thompson's trading partners tried to make him take two barrels of rum to Kootanae House, Thompson "placed the two kegs on a vicious horse and by noon the kegs were empty and in pieces, the horse rubbing his load against the rocks to get rid of it … I told them what I had done, and that I would do the same to every keg of alcohol. The river drops some 117 metres / 385 ft from Nelson, starting with Bonnington Falls Dam built in 1916 to supply mines and smelters in the region. The final westbound stretch of the river flows through a deep canyon, forming several waterfalls including Bonnington Falls. [126], The proposal was strongly opposed by both environmentalists as well as local residents. [23], Many river basins border on the Kootenay—some are part of the Columbia Basin, while others drain to distant shores of the North American continent. [28] Formations of Cambrian and Devonian rock also appear in small amounts in the U.S. portion of the Kootenay. Only about two percent of the entire Kootenay basin (1,005 square kilometres (388 sq mi) is used for agriculture, and much of that is for pasture and foraging). For hundreds of years, they hunted and fished on the river, quite isolated from neighboring indigenous groups. In this section several dams supply power to the base-metal smelter and refinery at Trail, B.C. The Elk River, the Kootenay's longest tributary, enters Lake Koocanusa south of Elko, British Columbia. [101] Agriculture, however, is a much less important industry, and many of the fertile riverside lands have been flooded by the construction of dams (most notably Libby Dam in Montana, which backs water into Canada). [90] Wetlands are found primarily where the river broadens into a series of sloughs, side-channels, marshes and small lakes before entering Kootenay Lake. Gwendoline sailed up to the canal, which unfortunately was unusable because the gates of the lock had been dynamited due to a Kootenay flood. For the tribe called "Kootenai" in the United States, see. Simply use a tri-swivel with a ¾ to 1-ounce weight and a 14-inch leader to a hook baited with a dew worm and small scented marshmallows. Hundreds of other tributaries join the river in its winding course, including the Vermilion, Cross, Palliser, White, Wild Horse, St. Mary, Elk, Fisher, Yaak, Moyie, Goat, and Slocan rivers. The Kootenai River begins in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. 2 of 2 FortisBC employees work on installing a natural gas line. None provide for navigation or fish passage. In addition there are five hydroelectric dams on the lower Kootenay River in British Columbia. The mountains in much of the Kootenay River catchment are composed of Precambrian sedimentary rock of the Belt Supergroup, in turn stratified into several subgroups with slightly different characteristics and ages. The sediments probably originated through heavy glaciation during the previous Ice Age. [69] Despite the economic reforms he created in response to debt to the federal government, his arrival coincided with a terrible depression and bankruptcy which caused the Doukhobors to lose most of their lands. [149], Rafting is also popular in some of the Canadian stretches of the river, especially those near the headwaters that have the steepest gradient and the most challenging rapids. Canoeing in the numerous sloughs, side-channels and distributaries of the Kootenay that thread through the wetlands of the Kootenay Flats has the additional benefit of watching birds and wildlife in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Unit and other surrounding marshes. Right: BC Hydro’s Kootenay Canal facility. It has three generating units with an operating head of 21 m (70 ft). Kootenay Lake-Wikipedia Dam's role is storage, not generation. [71] Each larger house or dom, holding 70-100 persons each, was constructed on roughly 41-hectare (100-acre) plots of land that Verigin had divided the entire community into back in 1911. — Photo courtesy FortisBC . [141] Smaller Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, one of the more popular recreation areas in the West Kootenay, sits across the river from West Arm. [91], Naturally, the Kootenay has a high sediment content because of high erosion of glacial sediments in the mountains. Finally, we must address the imbalance in dam management between the three Canadian Treaty dams and Libby Dam on the Kootenay River in Montana, the sole American treaty dam. [107], Lead, zinc, copper and silver are still mined at some places in the Kootenay River basin, notably at the giant Sullivan Mine near Kimberley, British Columbia, which is the largest in the Kootenay watershed. [67] He chose a townsite on the north bank of the Kootenay, where it joins the Columbia, across the big river from where the present-day town of Castlegar now stands. Today, over 150 kilometres (93 mi) of the river have been impounded behind five dams, and a sixth controls the level of Kootenay Lake. This particular photo shows a generator West Kootenay Power and Light Company installed into the Lower Bonnington Dam, circa 1925. 7 smaller hydroelectric dams. [51][52], Fisherville, which had a Hudson's Bay post and other businesses, continued on with a few hundred residents for a few years (most of them Chinese by the end, as was the case with many other BC gold towns also) but was eclipsed as a supply centre with the creation of nearby Fort Steele. [127][128][129], Many national, provincial and state parks, wilderness preserves, protected areas and national forests lie partially or wholly within the Kootenay River watershed. Eventually this complex became the operational control and maintenance centre for the five Kootenay River plants operated by West Kootenay Power and headquarters for power-line maintenance. In BC’s Rocky Mountain Trench, Kootenay River passes within 2 km of the headwaters of the Columbia River at Columbia Lake.This close proximity of the two rivers has been the basis of numerous development plans since 1889. Of the four dams, the first two are on the Columbia, the third is on the Duncan River, a tributary of the Kootenay, and the fourth Libby, on the Kootenay River proper. The Kootenay River originates in the Rocky Mountains near the source of the Columbia River. Even in relatively uninhabited regions of the watershed, logging roads criss-cross the hills and mountainsides. Most of the reasonably level terrain lies in the narrow Kootenay River valley from Bonners Ferry to Kootenay Lake and in parts of the Rocky Mountain Trench from Canal Flats to Lake Koocanusa. Supervise children at all times and leash pets. In the background: Fortis BC’s Lower Bonnington Dam; Courtesy of BC Hydro. © 2007 Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. [139] Further downstream, five separate sites around Kootenay Lake form the Kootenay Lake Provincial Park. Origins of West Kootenay hydropower. Where the Kootenay River flows out of the reservoir formed by the Corra Linn Dam on Kootenay Lake., a canal diverts water to BC Hydro's Kootenay Canal Generating Station. Most of the gold was mined out by 1864, in June of which one American prospector wrote that some 200 miners were arriving each day. Their leader, Peter Verigin, decided to move them to British Columbia in 1909, seeking land and an improved life. 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