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fish

1 petition

Started 12 months ago

Petition to BC Hydro/ BC Provincial Government

Build a Fish Ladder over the Alouette Dam

Since the construction of the Alouette River Dam in 1925, there has been no natural access for fish into or out of the Alouette Reservoir without human assistance. All five species of salmon (Coho, Chum, Chinook, Pink, and Sockeye) and Cuthroat trout were in abundance before the dam was built, but became either detrimentally affected or extirpated due to low river flows coupled with the reservoir obstruction by the dam. Unfortunately at the time of construction, there were no provisions for fish bypassing the dam, resulting in a complete obstruction to upstream migration for all native salmon species – which still remains to date.  Sockeye salmon, who required lake access during the first year after dam construction, were the first salmon species to become extirpated in the Alouette Watershed. Alouette Chinook have never since naturally returned, as any Chinook in the Alouette Watershed are hatchery-reared from stock in the nearby Chilliwack River.  However, there is still hope for restoring lost species in the Alouette Watershed. Sockeye salmon are now returning in small numbers to the Alouette River, but cannot continue their life cycle in the reservoir unless people trap and truck them above the dam. This is where YOUR signature can help! A fish ladder will change how fish are able to move through the Alouette Watershed. With free flowing access for fish between the reservoir and Lower Alouette River, salmon will be able to migrate according to their natural rhythms, have access to more spawning and rearing grounds, and will not endure the trauma from being trapped and trucked over the dam.   Add your name to our petition to call on the BC Government and BC Hydro to build a fish ladder to help return native Alouette salmon to the Upper Alouette Watershed. It will be a wonderful legacy for everyone in the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows communities. A fish ladder will also be a great tourist attraction and boost to the local economy in Maple Ridge. Support our cause by signing our petition and speak up for salmon! If you have any questions, please e-mail the Alouette River Management Society at sophie@alouetteriver.org or call 604 - 467 - 6401

Alouette River Management Society
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