Kwikwetlem First Nation Media Release: Kwikwetlem Nation Supports Restoration of Vital Coquitlam River Fish Habitat
The Kwikwetlem First Nation’s media release Kwikwetlem Nation Supports Restoration of Vital Coquitlam River Fish Habitat details their support for a “major fish habitat restoration project in the lower Coquitlam River designed to help bolster the prospects of the area’s beleaguered salmon populations.”
Craig Orr, Watershed Watch Executive Director and environmental consultant to the Kwikwetlem First Nation, states: “This project will go a long ways to addressing a major limiting factor to the production of salmon in the Coquitlam River. Urbanization has claimed much of the juvenile salmon habitat in the lower Fraser River area, and this project aims to restore a large part of that critical habitat.”
Chief Ron Giesbrecht commented that: “In the Halqu’eméylem language, Kwikwetlem means red fish up the river, and it is our People’s enduring stewardship responsibility to ensure spawning habitat in the Coquitlam River. From our perspective, the project design will be a substantial improvement to habitat for many species.”
See the full media release above for further details.