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General News · 22nd March 2009
Richard Trueman
I had opportunity to listen to biologist Alexandra Morton, Saturday Evening to a packed house, about her scientific studies with wild salmon and fish farms on the BC Coast, the Broughton Archipelago Area.

She painted a dark picture of foreign uncontrolled interests, that as a result are polluting our natural salmon stock’s habitat and routes as well as threatening our salmon’s very existence.

You can go to her extensive websites here to learn more:

Her valiant legal battles need your support. Please sign the petition to apply the Fisheries Act to fish farms the way it is applied to fishermen -click on the link below

To contact Alexandra Morton. email

Presented by the Desolation Sound Salmon Enhancement, represented by Judith Williams and Bob, Bobo Fraser.
Bob Fraser of the local Salmon Enhancement program
Bob Fraser of the local Salmon Enhancement program
Don´t Forget Plutonic
Comment by Robert Carter on 23rd March 2009
Half of B.C.'s 10 most threatened rivers are at risk from so-called green energy projects, according to an annual report released today by the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

Mark Angelo, rivers chair for the council, said the public is concerned about a flood of private run-of-river power proposals all over B.C. in the absence of a comprehensive provincial strategy that considers cumulative impacts.

Bute Inlet, which ranked eighth on the council's list, is the site of a Plutonic Power proposal involving a record 17 stream diversions, 445 kilometres of transmission lines, 314 kilometres of roads, 142 bridges, 16 powerhouses, and a substation.

"Looking at Bute Inlet, that's a footprint that far exceeds what people think about as a green project," said Angelo, noting that even a small project in the wrong place can have significant impacts.

The Flathead River in southeast B.C. ranks first on this year's list due to proposed coal mining and coalbed methane development. It placed second in 2008 and first in 2007.

The B.C. Liberal administration has championed private power projects to the point of passing legislation that removes the ability of local governments to stand in their way.

"A lot of people feel alienated from the process," said Angelo, an Order of Canada recipient who also heads the B.C. Institute of Technology's fish, wildlife, and recreation program.

He said the province's environmental assessment office is designed mainly to help industry make a project work. Environmental concerns relate not just to infrastructure, but potential changes to stream flows and temperatures and insect production that could affect fish survival downstream.

The Peace River ranked sixth on this year's list and is threatened by BC Hydro's power dam proposal for Site C, a stretch downstream of Hudson's Hope that holds important farmland, wildlife habitat, and archeological sites.

The low-flow Kettle River near Grand Forks ranked second, in part due to a Cascade Heritage Power Project run-of-river proposal in Cascade Canyon.

Other run-of-river projects: Purcell Green Power's plan for Glacier/Howser creeks, third on the list, near Kaslo; and Kleana Power Corp.'s plan for Klinaklini River, 10th on the list, southeast of Kitimat.

The upper Pitt River placed first last year on the council's list due to an independent power project that would have run powerlines through neighbouring Pinecone Burke Provincial Park.

The province turned down the project after a groundswell of public protest.

Around B.C., rivers are threatened not just by power projects but by urban and industrial development, water extraction, sedimentation, drought, pollution and mining.

Angelo said it is impossible to "separate the health of our fish stocks from the health of our rivers."

Others on this year's list: the Fraser River, fourth, for urbanization, industrial development and pollution; Brohm River, a productive steelhead stream near Squamish, fifth, for development and excessive water extraction; the Coquitlam, seventh, for excessive sedimentation and urbanization; and the Coldwater River and other Thompson River streams for water extraction and development.

The council solicited nominations for the 17th annual list of most endangered rivers from its member groups, which, in turn, boast close to 100,000 members, as well as from the general public and resource managers.

For more information,

Resilience in Salmon ecosystems
Comment by norberto on 23rd March 2009
I also attended Alex's so interesting presentation !

I was fascinated from listening about her incredible work; depressed for the gloomy picture she presented; furious with those Norwegian coporations and our federal and provincial governments; and inspired to supporting her efforts.

If you want to understand a bit more about the importance of Salmon in the bigger picture, and maybe find other ways to help Alex in her work, let me point to this link of the Ecology & Society magazine with a set of special articles on Pathways to Resilient Salmon Ecosystems :

The bottom line of these articles is that strengthening salmon ecosystem resilience will also increase the resilience in many interrelated social-ecological systems. Local communities are part of these social systems.