Salmon River summer

These photos, taken on July 11,  2014 where the Salmon River crosses 56th Ave. and heading a little east, were provided by SRES society member Fred Trzaskowski.

“Interesting watching the crayfish stalking the young rainbow trout smolts and seeing the deer tracks and the coyote print. The river is full of the small smolts swimming into the current and some even catch things on top as they float by. I could not see what they were catching, but they saw food,” he wrote.

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Thousands of invasive fish captured

EF1A team of biology students and staff at Trinity Western University went out on two consecutive nights in June to capture and remove invasive fish in McMillan Lake on the campus. Final numbers aren’t in, but thousands of fish were caught.

Last year, a 20-lb carp was the biggest catch. A total of 579 fish were caught over the 2 nights. All but 10 were non-native!

McMillan Lake connects with the Salmon River during periods of high water and some invasive fish, like the large-mouth bass, feed on juvenile coho. “We are trying to restore and renew the lake to a state where it could provide habitat for over-wintering juvenile Coho salmon,” said David Clements, Ph.D., professor of Biology and Environmental Studies.

Invasive species

Gallery feature

Farming impacts on Langley river

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Larry Pynn, reporter for the Vancouver Sun, and biologist Mike Pearson paddled Bertrand Creek which travels through Langley and Washington to examine the impact of agriculture on fish habitat. “It’s hard for me to go out for a day and not see something outrageous,” said Pearson.

Minding the farm: Farm practices are clashing with the protection of fish habitats
(Van. Sun, June 7, 2014)

Fish & Farm: The problem with manure
(Van. Sun, June 9, 2014)

And here’s what’s happening upstream on the Salmon River:
Trenching of Salmon River through farmland exposes it to degradation
(Van. Sun, June 7, 2014)

The series continues…
Blame game in the mystery of the fish kill
(Van. Sun, June 10, 2014)

Paying farmers to maintain streamside vegetation
(Van. Sun, June 11, 2014)

Salmon in the Valley

Professor Whattanutt tries to follow the rules for having fun and staying safe

Professor Whattanutt tries to follow the rules for having fun and staying safe

There’s no better way to understand an ecosystem than to stand in the middle of it. Grade 2 and 3 students at North Otter Elementary School in Langley had that opportunity in April when they took part in the Salmon in the Valley program offered by the biology department at Trinity Western University. The program engages between 500 and 600 students every year.

Celebrating our trees

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Arbour Day 2014 was celebrated with a welcoming from the Kwantlen band, tree climbing, tree planting, Kwantlen drumming, and jazz from Langley Fine Arts jazz band. Doug McFee, president of the Salmon River Enhancement Society, talked to residents about local issues and their impact on the Salmon River and environment.

52nd Ave. water pipe

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Salmon River stewards (members of SRES and local residents) are raising the alarm about the planned water pipe on 52nd Ave. between 242nd and 248th streets.

Clear cutting of mature trees on an 18-metre deep ravine will result in long-term runoff damage and silt build up in the Salmon River. The banks are largely sand and gravel with a natural grade of 45 degrees. The society has written to Township council pointing out that there are better options for delivering water to Aldergrove. (read more)

SRES given intervenor status

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The Salmon River Enhancement Society has been given intervenor status at the National Energy Board’s hearings into Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline that would intersect the Salmon River near Fort Langley. We’re pleased that we made the cut along with 400 other environmental, First Nations, and community groups and municipalities. Only 20% of those who applied were accepted.

Texas-based Kinder Morgan pushed for limitations on the number of people allowed to speak at the NEB hearings. Of the over 2,000 groups that applied, 1,250 are limited to submitting a letter and 468 were rejected outright.

We will be able to question company officials and experts and present evidence. The panel will hear Aboriginal evidence in August and September. The hearings begin in January 2015 with a report and recommendations being made to the federal government in July 2015.

Now the real work begins.

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