Revitalize the False Creek Flats
False Creek used to end all the way out before Clark Drive as tidal flats 100 years ago, before the construction of a bulkhead near Quebec street to keep the tide back. These tidal flats formed an important estuary system for the salmon-spawning creeks which flowed into False Creek and is essential in bringing back any of these lost streams and the salmon they support.
Deconstruct the bulkhead and allow the tide to wash in and out through a series of tidal canals. The canals could lead to estuary parks where streams like Brewery Creek and China Creek could pour out directly into the ocean once again.
Bringing back the salmon to Vancouver. How green is that?
l lee commented
This type of work will bring the "real" beauty back to False Creek.
Absolutely wonderful comments! The City of Vancouver alone originally supported some fifty salmon bearing streams and the Metro Vancouver more than eighty! I've been present at many Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) meetings. Through this initiative the Federal Crown intends, with the lion's, share to transfer commercial licences in the hemorrhaging industry to First Nations fishers. With the remainder they propose to manage existing stocks out in the ocean without allocating anything to management or restoration of spawning streams. What's the point in managing stocks out in the ocean when they haven't sufficient space to return for regeneration? At present, the entire coast relies on a few runs of salmon when the main reason for the immense abundance of fauna such as salmon at the time of first arrival by explorers and early settlers was the immense abundance of habitat to support them.
Derek Jacobsen commented
The City of Vancouver has contributed significantly to the destruction of our once most vital local sustainable resource, our salmon fishery. Cities up and down the Northwest Coast, from Ashland to Anchorage are daylighting and even stocking urban streams and lakes. Vancouver's mad dash to separate its sewer lines is 100% opposite the principles of Low Impact Development and continued stream suppression is a recognised environmental crime.
The Supreme Court has ruled twice that the First Nations peoples have a right to their historical fisheries, and yet our policies--federal, provincial, AND municipal--continue to deprive them of that right, by killing off all of their fish. Justice is being scandalously denied to profit further from stolen lands.
Daylight at least a few of Vancouver's vast network of streams, and make a real contribution to sustainability, ecological action, economic development, and legal and social justice. This is our only path.
or open up some of those big culverts around Main st. that actually still have creeks draining into False Creek. Those could be salmon bearing streams!