With the Squamish Valley Music Festival under way, environmentalists are hoping festival goers stay out out of nearby rivers.
Squamish streamkeeper Jack Cooley says with hot temperatures and low water levels, it has already been a stressful year for salmon, who are now spawning in the stream beside the festival campground.
“If they are going to be walking on Redds, that would be very bad indeed. The Redds are the nests where the fish scoop up the gravel, clean the gravel out, and then lay their eggs there and cover them up afterwards with other gravel.”
“There are pinks in the river, and they’re in the spawning channels wherever the spawning channels have enough water. Right now we are very low on water but the spawning in the Malcolm River is filled right now.”
Cooley says he was down by the stream this morning and festival goers so far seemed to be well behaved.