Update on controlled releases of water in several locations on the Island

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that the company has stopped releasing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. The potential for additional releases remains however, and may begin at any time in the coming days.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that the Company is no longer releasing water at the following locations, and additional releases at these locations are not expected at this time:

  • In the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River.
  • In the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • In the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River.
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

Additionally, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland that the company is continuing to release water at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Previous (December 30, 2023):

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company is no longer releasing water at the following locations:

  • The Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River;
  • The Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • The Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River.

The Company is continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • The Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast that the Company has now started releasing water at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River.

Additionally, the Company is also continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure, as well as at the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off;
  • the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Previous Advisory: December 21, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland that the Company has now started releasing water at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure, as well as at the Granite Canal Spillway and the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast that the Company may begin to release water at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

Furthermore, the Company is also continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River; and
  • the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Previous Advisory: December 20, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that the Company has now started releasing water at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company may begin to release water at the following locations because of ongoing heavy rainfall. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days:

  • the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway, the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River, and the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Furthermore, the Company is also continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Previous Advisory: December 19, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company may begin to release water at the following locations because of anticipated heavy rainfall:

  • In the Jackson’s Arm and White Bay area on the island’s Northwest Coast at the Cat Arm Spillway into the Cat Arm River.
  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway, the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River, and at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Releases may begin at any time in the coming days. Furthermore, the Company is continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Previous Advisory: December 18, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that the Company may begin to release water at the following locations because of anticipated heavy rainfall:

  • the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River;
  • the Granite Canal area accessed from Central Newfoundland at the Granite Canal Spillway, the Granite Overflow Dykes along Burnt Dam access road into Grey River, and at the Granite Canal Bypass Structure. Releases at the spillway or overflow dykes may wash out the road to Burnt Dam, located 15.5 km from the Granite turn-off.

Releases may begin at any time in the coming days. Furthermore, the Company is continuing to release water at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

December 22, 2023, 9:30 a.m.

Our teams continue to monitor water levels in the area.

Beothuk Lake reached its summer full supply level this morning. Our water management team has indicated that the water flowing into the watershed has peaked and is now declining. It will take some time to see the impact in the reservoir. While inflows have peaked, water levels remain higher than normal.

Again, these are unprecedented water levels and people should continue to use great caution in the area. Some areas may not be accessible due to road conditions.

Hydro continues to monitor both the forecast and water levels closely and will post updates as available.


December 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Please be advised, Hydro is responding to rapidly rising water levels at Beothuk Lake, as a result of the major rainfall event.

Hydro is advising cabin owners in the area of an increased risk of flooding the next 24-48 hours. In particular, the risk of flooding is highest in Sandy Point (west side of lake), Buchan’s Landing and other areas that are closer to the lake shoreline. We are seeing unprecedented water levels building in the lake and people are urged to use great caution and heightened awareness as water levels will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Throughout today, there has been a sharp rise in Beothuk Lake levels. Despite our water management efforts, the increasing lake level has become a concern. Unless the rate of rise slows, we expect the lake could reach its summer full supply levels as early as tomorrow morning.

Hydro will be monitoring both the forecast and water levels closely over the coming hours and days, and we have mobilized our Emergency Response teams and are coordinating with GNL and local communities to provide timely updates.

Updates will continue to be posted to our website.

Today, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) released its financial results for the third quarter of 2023.

Key highlights
• Hydro’s year to date net income was $313 million, a $230 decrease compared to the same period last year. For the third quarter, net income was $199 million lower compared to the third quarter of 2022, for a net loss of $19 million.

• The key drivers of the decreases for the quarter and year-to-date are the net impacts of commissioning of the Lower Churchill Project (LCP) assets, including rate mitigation funding; lower realized export electricity prices; and lower oil revenue as a result of reduced volumes. This was partially offset by an increase in export electricity volumes.

• Also impacting the year-to-date comparative results is the Q2 2022 reversal of an impairment of Hydro’s oil and gas assets. Impairments and reversals of impairments as a result of volatility in global oil prices are not uncommon in the oil and gas industry, and can lead to large non-cash variations in profit or loss between reporting periods.

• In August, the first drawing on the federal convertible debt reduced the balance of the Supply Cost Variance Deferral Account (SCVDA) and Hydro’s net income by $145M, reducing future amounts owed from regulated customers. As one of the initial steps to implement rate mitigation, on March 31 of this year the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the provision of $190 million of rate mitigation funding to offset increases in supply costs primarily associated with the LCP. Year-to-date, there has been $335 million of rate mitigation funding provided to Hydro Regulated which has reduced the SCVDA to $143.5 million as at September 30, 2023.

Links:
The Quarterly Financial Report can be found at: https://nlhydro.com/about-hydro/publications/

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travelers that water releases are continuing at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that the Company will be conducting a controlled release of water at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River. Releases may begin at any time in the coming days.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that water releases are continuing at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.


Previous (November 27, 2023):

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is advising residents, cabin owners and travellers in the Burnt Pond and White Bear River areas of Central and Southern Newfoundland that on Wednesday, November 29, the Company will be conducting a controlled release of water at the Burnt Dam Spillway into the White Bear River.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is also advising residents, cabin owners and travellers that water releases are continuing at the following locations:

  • In the Star Lake area of Central Newfoundland at the Star Lake Spillway into Star Brook and then Beothuk Lake;
  • In the Upper Salmon area of Central Newfoundland at the North Salmon Dam Spillway into the North Salmon River.

People are advised to use these areas with great caution as water levels and flows will be higher than normal and may be unpredictable.

Canadian Navigable Waters Act

Hydro hereby gives notice that an application has been made to the Minister of Transport, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for approval of the work described herein and its site and plans.

Pursuant to paragraph 7(2) of the said Act, Hydro has deposited with the Minister of Transport, on the on-line Common Project Search Registry (http://cps.canada.ca/) and under registry number 8250, or, under the NPP File Number 2021-204458  a description of the following work, its site and plans:

  • Causeway culvert replacement

in, on, over, under, through or across an unnamed waterway at coordinates 53° 24’ 27.00” N, 64° 6’ 39.24” W.

Comments regarding the effect of this work on marine navigation can be sent through the Common Project Search site mentioned above under the Comment section (search by the above referenced number) or if you do not have access to the internet, by sending your comments directly to:

Navigation Protection Program – Transport Canada

95 Foundry Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 42
Moncton NB
E1C 8K6

However, comments will be considered only if they are in writing (electronic means preferable) and are received not later than 30 days after the publication of the last notice. Although all comments conforming to the above will be considered, no individual response will be sent.

Posted at churchillfalls.ca, nlhydro.nl.ca this 16 day of November 2023.

Leah Fudge, Environment Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro