Pressure to dredge

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There are some in our community who see water rise in the Salmon River floodplain on the outskirts of Fort Langley and think dredging the river would be a good idea because it would stop this from happening. It wouldn’t and here’s why.

Eagles are a good indicator

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Where there are eagles, you will likely find salmon. However, the eagle count in the Squamish area was down considerably this year.

And a member of SRES notes that in his 17 years of watching for coho on Union Creek off 56th Ave., this is the first year when he saw just one eagle arriving very late, found only one coho carcass, and saw no salmon. “They are not there and did not come in droves.”

Timeline clearly lays out the problems

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Doug McFee spells out the problems with the construction of the water pipeline to Aldergrove.

There is much more to the story about the East Langley Pipeline crossing of the Salmon River at 52nd Avenue than what Langley Township officials want people to believe. This project is a graphic example of what is wrong at the Township. (Read more)

Salmon River water pipeline rife with secrecy and errors
(Letters, Langley Advance, Dec. 11, 2014)

Public lands

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Should a list of publicly owned land be made public? Should our publicly owned natural heritage be sold to pay for modern infrastructure projects? These were questions posed at a recent all-candidates meeting in light of the recent controversy surrounding the sale of township land in Glen Valley and Aldergrove.

This 7-minute video clip shows the answers from Jack Froese and some of the candidates.

Growing interest, growing concern

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Members of SRES and neighbours living close to the water pipeline construction site on 52nd Ave. invited township council members, candidates in the upcoming municipal election, the media, and township staff to see the water pipeline construction site for themselves.

We appreciate those who were able to take us up on the offer: Councillor David Davis; candidates Petrina Arnason, Clint Lee, Kevin Mitchell, and Scott Nichols; and Tara Macrae, township staff.

Photos, documentation, correspondence between SRES and the township

Pipeline work chops up riparian zone

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The Salmon River can be seen behind the trees on the right. Crews are working on weekends as well to try to address each problem as it comes up. More photos from the construction site of the 52nd Ave water pipeline. Several candidates have taken a look at the work and damage that’s been done. We appreciate their interest.

Water pipe construction harming the Salmon River

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The Salmon River Enhancement Society has significant concerns about the East Langley pipeline project carrying water to Aldergrove. There could be a significant impact on the health of the Salmon River and the wildlife that relies upon it. Citizens in the area report that:

  • small tributaries have been covered over and lost
  • a much wider swath of trees and vegetation has been removed which could lead to landslides
  • wet and course material removed during construction is being dumped in the riparian zone

Water pipe causes environmental damage

Environmental damage has resulted from construction of east Langley pipeline
(Oct. 28, 2014, Letter to the Langley Times)