Coquitlam River Still In Danger

I must have missed it before– but my head has been in the sand for quite a few years now. 

I always believed that all the hard work that the people like my Dad, Henry Prante, Dr. Peter Fankboner from SFU, Sandy Lamberton, Al Grist, Peter and Norma Campell, Frank Apel, Port Coquitlam & District Hunting & Fishing Club, and of course the Kwikwetlem First Nation who were here first — and so many countless others who worked tirelessly to save the Coquitlam River from the destruction caused by the gravel operators, and other developments — as a whole had been making a really big difference in alleviating the pollution and siltation of our precious Coquitlam River.

I believed that the polluters finally stopped and now playing fair and taking care of this river. I know the Al Grist Fish Hatchery is a monumental  and welcome step in the right direction but the pollution has to stop.

Just lessening it a bit and then carrying on business as usual and then denying there is still a problem is unacceptable.

 I am happy to see that there are still caring groups of people working hard to help with this enormous project  but after reading these recent news articles I also see how their efforts are undermined by other groups or committes who should also be on board– but might well have a different political agenda and to fix the problem or stop fibbing about it– would be a definite conflict to their interests.

If anyone who reads this article wants to comment here on this blog– please do so. Tell us about yourself and what you and your family have been doing with regards to the Coquitlam River. I and others would love to hear from you.

By Sarah Payne – The Tri-City News
Published: March 13, 2012 2:00 PM
Updated: March 13, 2012 2:27 PM

The Coquitlam River is back on the list of the province’s most endangered rivers. 

The Outdoor Recreation Council announced its annual list of top 10 rivers at risk from industrial and residential development, which was topped by the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers and the Kokish River on Vancouver Island. Coalbed methane and other mining proposals threaten the Sacred Headwaters while a controversial run-of-river power project may threaten the Kokish River salmon runs. 

The Coquitlam River placed 10th on the list because of continued sedimentation from nearby gravel pits and encroaching urban development. 

“We all know the river gets very silty from the gravel mines and that’s not a good thing,” said Elaine Golds, chair of the Burke Mountain Naturalists (and a columnist for The Tri-City News), “and it’s continually threatened by the impacts of urban development.” 

The BMN group nominated four rivers for the endangered rivers list; in addition to the Coquitlam, they also suggested the Kokish, the Kitimat River and the Peace River, all of which are on the list. 

Golds said development proposals, particularly at the north end of Shaughnessy Street and near the David Avenue bridge, where there is mature forest protecting the river, will further damage the Coquitlam. 

The Coquitlam’s ranking at the bottom of the endangered list keeps it in the same spot as last year. It’s also down from the number six spot, usually out of about 10 rivers, since 2006. 

Golds said the formation of the Coquitlam River Roundtable is a good sign, as is the trickle of kokanee that has been returning to the river. 

“Ideally, what we’d like to see is the turbidity entering the river stopped,” she said. “But until people have a good understanding of where it’s coming from and why and how much, it’s hard to take action.” 

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About Hella

I am working on publishing all of my father, Henry E Prante's treasure trove of hunting adventure stories as well as his only novel. His first book, Great Hunting Adventures was first published in 1985 and is now available via e-book, from Dad also saved all relevant material related to his work with the Port Coquitlam Hunting and Fishing Club and their involvement in the conservation movement and in saving the Coquitlam River and its tributaries for future generations. This part of BC history deserves to be preserved as well. Needless to say, it is a monumental task and will take some time. Henry also travelled through the Yukon in order to get to his beloved Atlin BC. I will endeavour to provide maps and links from Parks Canada or the towns up north and pictures my brother Ray takes on his trips north.

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