Watershed Watch study profiled in Now News article: Study of Coquitlam River takes a unique approach

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The Tri-Cities Now News article Study of Coquitlam River takes a unique approach profiles Watershed Watch’s study examining the spiritual and physical satisfaction people get from living around the Coquitlam River.

“The public survey is set up online at www.placespeak.com, and will be left up indefinitely, according to Orr. Some of the questions contained in the survey ask respondents about the importance of salmon stocks and the types of fish found in the river. Other components of the poll speak to urban planning, trail networks and public space. Part of the group’s push is to promote a type of watershed planning referred to as “resilience-based ecosystem stewardship.”

“That refers to the system’s ability to bounce back from outside disturbances and the ability to maintain [its] original function,” Orr explained. “We used to think it was about how fast you could bounce back from surprise or crisis, but now scientists agree that it speaks to your ability to bounce back from these disturbances and still function like you did in the past.”

Orr said the poll’s outcome will play out in a number of different ways: it will help shape the health of the watershed, promote sustainable practices and serve as a tool to assist in land use decisions in PoCo and Coquitlam.

The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable will meet on Thursday, June 6 to discuss the polling exercise and other issues related to the river’s health. The meeting is set to run from 5: 30 to 8: 30 p.m. in the council chambers at Coquitlam City Hall.”

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