There is more than 1,400 km of salmon habitat behind floodgates in the lower Fraser Valley. The lead author of a Simon Fraser University study wrote, ” … Floodgates are installed to protect homes and farms from flooding, however, when they are closed, they also bar native fish from accessing valuable habitat.” A related study by the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre found that there is little ongoing government oversight of fish habitat behind dikes, or fish passage through flood structures. Who is protecting wild salmon behind the Fraser River’s dikes & side channels?
There are more than 130 of them, from Alaska, Russia, the West Coast as far south as California and east to the Atlantic coast. Their joint letter refers to “Misrepresentation,” “lack of information” and “Disregard for science that was not funded by the proponent.” Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island, at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, as “a symbol of what is wrong with environmental decision-making in Canada.” Continue reading Scientists Condemn The Flawed Review Process For Lelu Island→
After months of waiting, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has released the report that could determine the fate of one of the world’s largest salmon runs. Petronas wants to build an LNG terminal on Lelu Island, beside the eelgrass bed where 88% of the Skeena’s juvenile salmon feed. Though Simon Fraser University reported that the “proposed development in these areas will threaten the fisheries that depend on these fishes,” the newly released draft Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) study disagrees. Both Environmentalists and First Nations leaders find Lelu Island’s environmental assessment disgusting.
Premier Christy Clark has just received some sound advice in a public letter, as she prepares for the premier’s conference with Prime Minister Trudeau. Energy economist Mark Jaccard, sustainable energy system specialist John Axsen and atmospheric climate scientist Kirsten Zickfeld were among the signatories. In total, twenty-five of the province’s academics set criteria for BC’s successful climate action. Continue reading Academics Set Criteria for BC’s Successful Climate Action→
The ECOreport looks at the Opposition to the proposed LNG project on Lelu Island
By Roy L Hales
The Skeena River is the most productive salmon bearing river in British Columbia. Thousands of years before the first European colonists arrived, it was providing First Nations with food. A week ago, First Nations throughout the Skeena Watershed declared their opposition to the proposed LNG project on Lelu Island, grave lack of consultation and massive damage to salmon habitat.