Rio Tinto actively participates in research and monitoring initiatives the ensure fish and wildlife populations are protected for the long term. Our commitment to ongoing stewardship of the watershed environment is reflected in how we manage our reservoir operations and in conservation programs in which we participate.
- Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program: The Nechako River is a regulated salmon river that is jointly monitored by Rio Tinto, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and BC Ministry of Environment. The Nechako Fisheries Conservation Program ensures the effective implementation of the 1987 agreement. Key features include a summer temperature management program, for the benefit of migrating Sockeye, seasonal flow management criteria to protect Chinook salmon.
- Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative: Rio Tinto is a founding member of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative, which conducts research and monitoring of the endangered Nechako Sturgeon.
- Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund: As part of Rio Tinto’s 1997 agreement with the provincial government, Rio Tinto will contribute up to $50 million to the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund (NEEF), to enhance the environment of the Nechako Watershed.