This time of year makes for some magical photos around the Kootenays. This is the Brilliant Dam and Generating Stations on the Kootenay River taken from HWY 3A just outside of Castlegar on the road to Nelson, BC.

Brilliant Dam Spring Freshet at Night
We often stop here with the kids to watch the memorizing flow of water over the spillway. When Mom and Dad are both Civil Engineers, it is highly likely that children will be subjected to an impromptu home-school lesson on hydro-electric power generation, gravity, potential energy, concrete construction techniques or any other dam related topic. Yes, I am an engineer.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

One reply on “Spring Freshet at Brilliant Dam”

  1. Very nice photo! I have been by in the day a few times on my way to Nelson in the last couple of weeks and just peaking over the barrier from the highway is thrilling. I love watching this kind of thing – mesmerizing indeed!

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