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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 07:55

Salmon return to Still Creek (Vancouver)

River advocate, Mark Angelo, and others tell an inspiring story about salmon and the transformation of a long-abused urban stream in their community.

By many estimates it has been nearly 80 years since salmon last made the journey from the Fraser River up the Brunette River and into Still Creek to spawn. Much to the surprise of most people, the chum salmon began showing up in a section of Still Creek, running along the intersection of Cornett Road and Natal Street in Vancouver. After years of industrial waste, runoff and raw sewage flowing endlessly into the waterway, Still Creek had been written off as a place too polluted to ever see salmon again. But that has now changed.

Tougher environmental standards for industries neighbouring the creek, improved infrastructure so that raw sewage could no longer flow into it, and countless hours of work by volunteers, have helped restore Still Creek to a state where it can be a suitable host for salmon. Extensive efforts on the part of many groups have helped bring the waterway back from the brink. Slowly but surely, and with many partnerships involved, this stream has come back to life. The groups who worked on the creek's rebirth include BCIT's Fish and Wildlife Program and BCIT's Rivers Institute, the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and a number of streamkeepers volunteer organizations. Major contributors The North Growth Foundation and the International River Foundation funded this video.

 

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