Cleanup and Steward the Local Beaches and Riverfront
Before 1850 the shores of Vancouver were pristine filled with plant and animal life. Streams ran easily into the ocean and the estuaries and deltas were a rich in a mix of fresh and seawater which encouraged even more rich ecosystems.
Today the shoreline of Vancouver is a shadow of its former self. While we cannot bring back the richness of what was 150 years ago, we can cleanup more of the shoreline to make it more habitable for fish and sealife. Guaranteed if this happened the life would return in greater numbers.
Neighbourhoods could “adopt a shoreline” and keep it clean. Pocket areas could be created for the rearing of salmon fry and other small sea creatures. More shoreline plants could be grown to encourage habitat and natural water filtration. This way the local residents would be part of the stewardship of the beach and other visitors would know not to tolerate habits that contributed to more pollution and the harassment and capture of small animals and fish
We are the stewards of where we live, we should support Nature more than we have in the past - when most local jobs were involved in stripping the forests and oceans of their marvelous plant and animal life for vast profits.
Now that those resources and their related jobs are gone, let's restore our shoreline...
l lee commented
Yes I fully support this work Celia thank you for the great ideas!