Mōkihinui Dam

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Meridian propose to construct an 85MW dam on the wild and scenic Mōkihinui river. Consents have been granted but have been appealed to the Environment Court.

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Government-owned Meridian Energy propose to construct a $250 million 85MW dam on the wild and scenic Mōkihinui river. The Mōkihinui offers excellent whitewater kayaking in classic West Coast backcountry. The proposal would inundate an entire class III-IV section from Mōkihinui Forks down to Seddonville. It would effectively eliminate the upstream class IV-V section from the Johnson-Allan confluence by replacing the lower run with a 14km lake.

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