A creek rehabilitation project in the Northern B.C. community of Vanderhoof is helping to restore habitat for the endangered Nechako white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in Canada.
The Stoney Creek Fisheries Enhancement Project is supporting the rehabilitation of streams that flow through the Nechako agricultural belt – the only known spawning bed of the Nechako White Sturgeon.
With help from the local sawmill and area businesses, the Nechako Environment & Water Stewardship Society (NEWSS), and a $10,000 contribution from TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink, Stoney Creek is slowly being restored.
“This funding from Coastal GasLink will help us start the important planning and prescription part of the recovery of Stoney Creek. We are very grateful for the help and look forward to developing a community based strategy and a healthier stream for future generations,” Wayne Salewski, NEWSS director, said.
It is hoped this project and others along the Nechako river watershed will help the threatened local species re-populate its dwindling numbers.
The project includes replanting the area alongside streams, known as the riparian zone, removing old car bodies from the mouth of the stream, and creating habitat for fish.
This example of collaboration between TransCanada and conservation groups to restore animal habitat isn’t something new to TransCanada. We’ve previously partnered to help restore woodland caribou habitat; united to conserve the Waldron Ranch; partnered to protect pollinators and helped find baby beavers a new home.
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