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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" http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/BC%20Office/2012/11/CCPA-BC_POLIS_Stream-to-Steam.pdf 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.

 

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Kokish Letters Needed Now

 British Columbia's Kokish River Steelhead need your help to stop a large scale IPP development on the East Coast of Vancouver Island near Telegraph Cove. This project will divert 10km of salmon habitat into a intake pipe, and a further 17 surrounding streams would be impacted by its construction and operations.

 

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Stream Enrichment: What is it and how can I get involved?

2011 Nutrient Enrichment Program in the Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland (submitted by Dave Harper BCCF)

Project Overview

Trends of decreased ocean survival of salmonid species on the southcoast of BC has decreased escapement and subsequently reduced levels of marine-derived nutrients important for maintaining the productivity of salmonid freshwater habitats. This loss of essential aquatic nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) has particular consequences on juvenile salmonid survival and the number of outgoing smolts since they rely on freshwater habitat for 1 to 4 years. Phosphorous and nitrogen highly limit the food available to fish in streams and rivers; they promote the growth of algae that aquatic insects feed on, which are then fed upon by fish. Faster growing or larger juveniles more successfully over-winter during major fall-winter flood events, and have been shown to have better marine survival; their survival is strongly affected by the freshwater concentrations of these key nutrients.

As part of the Greater Georgia Basin Steelhead Recovery Plan and Living Rivers Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island programs, the BC Ministry of Environment has contracted the BC Conservation Foundation to deliver the Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Stream Enrichment Program to address freshwater habitat impacts by restoring watershed processes to increase freshwater productivity and improved juvenile salmonid survival and rearing conditions. This is a high priority project for salmonid stocks of concern and their long-term recovery and sustainability in the lower Fraser River tributaries.

The project is aimed at the conservation and recovery of wild salmonid stocks and increasing angling opportunities, with significant benefits to most other aquatic species. Work is coordinated primarily by BCCF fish biologists and technicians, with available volunteer help, such as the assistance from several local angling and stewardship groups. Currently this program has relied on the assistance and efforts of volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds and this year’s program looks to be no different.

Steelhead fry weight comparision

This project will continue in 2011 in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley with the instream application of an innovative product, Crystal Green® fertilizer. Crystal Green® is a slow-release solid fertilizer that is recovered from recycled wastewater. The first ever full-scale instream application of the fertilizer was performed in 5 streams in 2009. In 2010 six streams were fertilized and will again be replicated in 2011. Water chemistry and algal growth monitoring during the summer growing season and fish data collected in the fall revealed good results in 2009 and 2010 with this innovative fertilizer.

If you're interested in participating in future stream enrichment volunteer opportunities in the lower mainland, please contact Dave Harper, BC Conservation Foundation dharper@bccf.com

Squamish River Cleanup a Great Success

On April 22nd, Steelhead Society of BC Director Matt Joyce and SFU student Gillian Steele organized a cleanup of the Squamish, Cheakamus and Mamquam rivers.  The cleanup was attended by 34 volunteers including anglers, kayakers, SFU students and Seymour Salmonid Society volunteers.  SSBC Directors Ralph Kroning and Carlo Ng were also in attendance. 

 

An estimated 1-2 tonnes of garbage including household appliances and furniture, construction waste, car parts as well as two rusted 45 gallon drums half full of oil in close proximity to the Cheakamus were removed from the shoreline and adjacent forest of these steelhead and salmon bearing streams. 

 

Squamish District waived tipping fees at the District landfill, Sunwolf Outdoor Centre (http://www.sunwolf.net/) offered the use of their parking lot as a staging area as well providing a discounted menu at Fergies' Cafe for volunteers following the cleanup and Starbucks provided complimentary coffee. 

 

Clint Goyette of Valley Fishing Guides (http://www.valleyfishing.com/) and Brian Niska of Whistler Fly Fishing (http://www.whistlerflyfishing.com/) helped locate sites for the cleanup, and Clint Goyette also participated in the cleanup effort.