Dozens of volunteers are on the North Shore today, putting the final touches on a two-year project to restore the Seymour River estuary.
Volunteers with shovels and boots were adding a new habitat with underwater plants.
Dave Harper of BCIT’s Rivers Instutute says the goal is to undo almost a century of damage.
“All along the North Shore here it’s prime real estate for industrial activity. The estuaries functioned very poorly – and they never improved – so we’ve come in here and we’ve sort of mimicked nature.”
BCIT students, volunteers, and members of local First Nations are putting the underwater plants to protect young salmon.
“So they’re basically getting picked off somewhere from their natal stream on their way to the ocean. And what we’re trying to do is create these little areas they can hide, they can feed in.”
The project is a $500,000 project spearheaded in conjunction with local government.