Heavy industry and residential development have destroyed most of Vancouver, British Columbia’s estuaries. The pools, salt marshes and natural vegetation where freshwater streams meet the salt water of Burrard Inlet are mostly gone. This has resulted in lot less fish, including young salmon that use these area to adapt to the salt water conditions they will spend their lives in.
Maybe we have learned the error of our ways as communities, industry and conservation groups have now partnered together to help restore Vancouver estuaries. Native vegetation, large woody debris and boulders will be installed to create salt marshes. Fish ladders will be created to allow salmon to return to creeks that were previously inaccessible. Shorelines and stream beds that were destroyed by development will also be rebuilt.
photo: Vancouver Sun