Salmon River Watershead Enrichment for Fish Habitat Restoration (2010)

Attached below is a report on Salmon River by Kevin Pellett from the BC Conservation Foundation for Campbell River Salmon Foundation.



On June 30, 2010, inorganic fertilizer was applied to the Salmon River (Kelsey Bay), Grilse Creek, Memekay River and the White River (July 14) to restore nutrients lost through decreased salmon production and to address footprint impacts as a result of BC Hydro diversion operations. While many species benefit from enrichment activities on the Salmon River, winter-run steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and coho salmon (O. kisutch) are the primary targets. A total of 3,570 kg of slow release fertilizer (Crystal Green, 5-27-0) was distributed over eight sites in the Salmon and Memekay rivers as well as Grilse Creek. Additionally, four sites in the White River/Consort Creek drainage were enriched. Partnership funding from the Campbell River Salmon Foundation, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Living Rivers Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island was used to purchase, apply, and monitor nutrient applications.


Water sampling results indicate that orthophosphate and total phosphorous levels were elevated in treated reaches as compared to representative controls. Nitrogen levels were variable, but generally sufficient to support algal growth. Periphyton collector plates confirmed that chlorophyll a, used as a surrogate for algal growth, was elevated in treated reaches. However; juvenile fish growth analysis from data collected in Grilse Creek suggested that no significant difference in mean weight was achieved by fry in treated reaches. This is the first time in thirteen years that the difference in growth has not been significant. High summer flows have been suspected to reduce the effectiveness of previous treatments. In 2010, flows were nearly 50% higher than the 10 year average.

Emerging Challenges for BC’s Interlinked Water and Energy Resources

British Columbia ’s interconnected water and water-derived energy resources are vital
assets that show signs of being under increased stress across the province. Population growth,
climate change, and increased industrial activities are together pushing the limits of secured access
to water and energy resources across the province. In the face of these mounting pressures,
the challenge of ensuring access to water and energy resources for future generations requires addressing
how decisions regarding one resource may impact another. Integrating decision-making
around the management of BC’s interlinked water and energy resources is critical and will have
implications for their sustainable use, now and into the future.

Some of the noteworthy challenges emerging in BC include:
      • Sharp projected increases in the natural gas industry’s demand for water and energy resources
           — demand that will result in permanent removal of water from the hydrological cycle as well as undermine the province’s clean energy and climate change objectives....


Report From:

Parfitt, Ben with Baltutis, Jesse, and Brandes, Oliver M. "From Stream to Stream:  Emerging Challenges for BC’s Interlinked Water and Energy Resources" Accessed March 10, 2013


Presentation to the JRP for the Enbridge Northen Gateway Project Commission

On May 8th, the Northen Branch presented to the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northen Gateway Project Commission. The link below contains a transcript of presentations. Submissions 2, 3 and 4 (pages 14 - 28) are from members Jim Clup, Rob Brown, and Brian Kean.