Watershed Watch receives funding for Coquitlam watershed projects
Located in the City of Coquitlam Watershed Watch works to restore depleted salmon populations and enhance salmon stewardship to the ultimate benefit of a healthy and resilient watershed and local community, in large part through its work with the Kwikwetlem Nation. Restoring urban salmon in the Coquitlam River in turn continues to benefit ecosystem services such as river productivity, riparian health, bird populations, wildlife, and the wealth and resiliency of the community itself. More salmon and wildlife translate to an elevated sense of personal and economic well-being, as well as a stronger desire to practise salmon stewardship. Thanks to a grant from the Bullitt Foundation, Watershed Watch will continue these activities and also will develop a ‘quality of life index’ for the watershed.
Watershed Watch and the Kwikwetlem First Nation also received funding from the BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program to fund a riparian planting project and for operating the sockeye ‘trap and truck’ operations which allow returning adult salmon to pass the dam and spawn in Coquitlam Lake.
Watershed Watch believes watching out for wild salmon must begin in our own back yard. We look forward to undertaking our work with the Kwikwetlem First Nation, the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Hydro, and other members of the Coquitlam Watershed Roundtable.