October 20th, 2014
On October 9th, the Trans Mountain Legacy Fund Steering Committee toured six past, current and future project sites supported by the fund. Supported by Mark Le Ruez of Triton Environmental, the Committee visited two sites in Jasper National Park, three sites in Mount Robson Provincial Park, and one site near Valemount, BC to see their work in action.
Mile 9 in Jasper National Park. A hanging culvert was reshaped, and landscaping designed to backwater a tributary of the Athabasca River to restore passage for migrating Lake Whitefish.
Whistlers Creek, Jasper National Park. Project currently underway to repair damaged gabian baskets, widen stream to reduce flow rates for better fish passage. This is a demonstration project at a very accessible site, designed to set a high bar for fish restoration projects in the future.
Whistlers Creek: water is pumped around and fish are salvaged and moved to a safer location for instream construction.
A weir on Yellowhead Creek prevents invasive brook trout from migrating further into the Yellowhead Lake system. BC government biologists electrofish the spawning brook trout and remove them from the system.
Steering Committee Member John Wilmshurst, Parks Canada, and Jennifer Wasylyk, Parks Canada hold invasive brook trout pulled from Yellowhead Creek.
BC biologist Susanne Williamson holds an invasive brook trout captured by the weir.
Future project Site 93 in Mount Robson Provincial Park. An old structure has collapsed into this creek making it an unnatural sediment source and blocking passage. The structure will be removed in 2015.
Future project Site 93 – a second view of the collapsed structure.
Successful project Site 26 completed in conjunction with CNR. Fish passage restored to site with previous hanging culvert.
Packsaddle Bridge: TMLF in partnership with the BC Government replaced a culvert with a free span bridge on a tributary of Kinbasket Lake to restore fish passage.
Upstream of Packsaddle Bridge.