- Nechako River
River, central British Columbia, Canada.The major tributary of the Fraser River, it flows east for nearly 150 mi (240 km). The Stuart River, a tributary 258 mi (415 km) long, joins it between Fort Fraser and Prince George, where it parallels the Canadian National Railway. In 1952 the Nechako was bisected by Kenney Dam, which created a reservoir whose overflow generates electricity.
* * *major tributary of the Fraser River, in central British Columbia, Canada. It originates at Kenney Dam and flows eastward for nearly 150 miles (240 km), draining the Nechako Plateau into the Fraser at Prince George, B.C. Stuart River, a 258-mile- (415-kilometre-) long tributary, joins the Nechako midway between Fort Fraser and Prince George, a stretch that is paralleled by the Canadian National Railway. Once a 287-mile- (462-kilometre-) long stream rising in Eutsuk Lake in the Coast Mountains of western British Columbia, the Nechako was bisected in 1952 by Kenney Dam as part of a colossal engineering project of the Aluminum Company of Canada, Ltd. The 340-foot (104-metre) dam created an 18,000,000-acre-foot (22,203,000,000-cubic-metre) reservoir (Lakes Ootsa, Whitesail, and Tahtsa), the overflow of which is tunneled westward through the Coast Mountains to Kemano, where it generates electricity for the giant Kitimat (q.v.) aluminum smelter.
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