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Gravel removal: Get on with it
It must be close to spring again to hear about the gravel removal from the Fraser River. Every year it’s the same BS and nothing will be done until, God forbid, the river will flood – and it will eventually happen if noting is being done.
It is a pure power struggle between scientists and government, there are areas where the gravel should be removed and can be done without doing any damage to fish stock and other environmental concerns.
There is a cry by some people that the gravel operators are making profits from the extraction. Hello; is it a crime now to make money from a natural resource? It costs a lot of money to haul equipment to the job site and set up with bridges, conveyor belts and the likes, and it is a lot better to take the gravel from the river then to mine it on land.
I was involved in the extraction on the river in the 1970 and it kept the freshet at bay; we never worried about flooding and had plenty of fish coming up the river. I think the fisheries should look at other facts and reason where the fish have gone, maybe over fishing?
I am sick and tired hearing about more studies about this issue and spending a lot of taxpayers’ money. So let’s not talk about it any more and get the job done. Go for it, John and Barry. Do what’s right for the majority of the people in your constituency!