The need for a visual resources assessment of the proposed reservoir and dam site from the perspective of a person on the water needs extra photography and computer modelling, which is underway. The Joint Review Panel pointed out that the assessment included in the amended Environmental Impact Statement only showed changes to the landscape from ground level. Five sites that were identified as important to Aboriginal groups are also being included, in addition to the five sites already in the EIS.
Spokesperson Lucille Jamault says that once all of the information has been received, the regulatory clock will restart, and the Joint Review Panel will assess whether further information is needed, if there should be a public comment period, or, if satisfied, schedule public hearings. The deadline for public input on how the hearings should be held closed earlier this week, which Jamault says was done in advance of a decision to hold them so that the panel is ready should they be necessary.