Vedder River channels in Chilliwack will see habitat restored

It will improve conditions for coho, chum and pink salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout in the dry channels of the flood plain

Habitat will be restored along the Vedder River's dry channels and natural flood plain thanks to federal fisheries funding for FV Watersheds Coalition.

Federal fisheries funding for Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition is going to make a difference to the many species in the Vedder River.

Habitat will be restored along dry channels of the natural floodplain.

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl, on behalf of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, announced the $124,000 in funding under the second round of funding for Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, to allow the FVWC to conserve valuable fish habitat in the Chilliwack/Vedder system.

“It means that we can create beautiful fish and wildlife habitat in the Chilliwack area,” said FVWC spokesperson Rachel Drennan.

Sustained “water flows” from the Chilliwack River will be directed to the Vedder River floodplain and the channels will be improved with gravel and riparian planting, according to the project details.

It’s expected to improve conditions for coho, chum and pink salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout.

“It will be a natural legacy, combining overwintering and spawning habitat for fish, interpretive trails and signage, and creating strong relationships between all partners on the project,” said Drennan.

FVWC reps are planning a tree planting event on Oct. 18.

Community volunteer will plant trees and shrubs along the waterways and install bat boxes.

The program is geared to habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations. Details www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html)

Or see more about FVWC at http://fvwc.ca/

Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1,813,000 funded 28 projects in B.C.

Under the second round of the program, up to $1,506,000 is going to 31 projects.

“Our government is committed to supporting the individuals and organizations who are working along the shores of lakes, rivers and streams across this country to protect and restore fishing habitats for future generations,” said Strahl.

Recreational fishing is a crucial economic driver, attracting thousands to Canada. It contributes billions to the economy annually.

“The Chilliwack-Vedder watershed supports valuable salmon habitat and is known for its year-round recreational fishing. The projects funded by the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will benefit our community for years to come.”

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