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Kettle River Tops BC's Most Endangered Rivers List for 2011

Conservation & Preservation
 
 
Outdoor Recreation Council
of British Columbia
Press Release
April 18, 2011
  
 
“Sacred headwaters” in second spot - list highlights issues such as the need for water policy reform and improved protection of northern rivers 
 
 The Kettle River has topped British Columbia’s most endangered rivers list for 2011.
 
The Kettle River runs through BC’s southern interior near the towns of Midway, Rock Creek and Grand Forks. This river, already suffering from excessive water withdrawals, seasonal low flows and high water temperatures, is threatened by significant new water extraction proposals near its source. The river is in dire need of a water management plan that recognizes there are clear ecological limits to the amount of water that can be withdrawn. Unless greater efforts are made to address this issue, the fate of this beautiful interior stream and its fish stocks may well foreshadow what many other streams in the region will confront in the face of ongoing climate change.
“Most importantly, the issues unfolding on the Kettle highlight the urgency of updating BC’s century-old Water Act so as to ensure the needs of fish and river ecosystems are adequately considered before making decisions on water extraction for various industrial uses”, said Mark Angelo, Rivers Chair of the Outdoor Recreation Council and an Order of Canada recipient. The province has just concluded seeking public input on Water Act reform, and new legislation is hoped for in the coming year. “Modernizing the Water Act creates a significant opportunity to improve the state of many waterways, including the Kettle”, said Angelo.
 
BC’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011;
 
  1. Kettle River(water extraction, development)
  2. “Sacred Headwaters” of Skeena, Nass and Stikine (coalbed methane)
  3. Peace River(hydro-electric dam proposal)
  4. Fraser River, “Heart of the Fraser”(urbanization, industrial development, habitat loss)
  5. Kokish River(IPP proposal)
  6. Morice (pipeline proposal)
  7. Taku River(mining development, road proposal, leachate concerns)
  8. Similkameen River(cross border dam proposal)
  9. Elk River(development, increasing selenium levels, wildlife migration issues)
10. Coquitlam River(excessive sedimentation, urbanization)
11. Bute Inlet Rivers (IPP proposal)
12. Atlin River (impacts of dam and Whitehorse, Yukon energy proposal)
 
For more detailed information on the the endangered rivers listed, please see the Media Release and the Backgrounder  HERE
 
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Local wildlife rehab groups upset with amended regulations

Standards prohibit organizations from treating more than 20 species

Mar 16, 2011 04:23 pm | By Stacie Snow | Airdrie City View

Photo courtesy CEI

The Cochrane Ecological Institute and Wildlife Reserve recently released four bear cubs into the wild after two years of rearing and rehabilitation, something it won’t be able to do again according to Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD).

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Louisiana Getting New Population of Cranes

Conservation & Preservation

By DIANNA OPIAT 
Courthouse News Service

 

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be reintroducing whooping cranes into southwestern Louisiana, hoping to contribute toward the recovery of the species. The only natural wild population of whooping cranes is vulnerable to total destruction through a natural catastrophe or contaminant spill, due primarily to the bird's limited wintering distribution along the Texas gulf coast, according to the agency.
     The agency plans to introduce the cranes into the rest of the state also, and to evaluate the merit of releasing captive-reared whooping cranes, conditioned for wild release, as a technique for establishing a self-sustaining, nonmigratory population.
 

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Whooping Cranes to be Reintroduced in Louisiana

 

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Birds or planes? Dilemma at Boundary Bay Airport

Conservation & Preservation
 
By Anne Murray, Georgia Straight Online
Photo by David Blevins
 
East Delta residents were shocked recently by the sudden demolition of a group of large black cottonwood trees at Boundary Bay Airport. The cottonwoods were popular with roosting eagles; one tree held a nest, with an eagle already sitting near it, ready for the breeding season. This was the second round of tree cutting at the airport: another nest and stand of trees were felled last spring. The airport is attractive for eagles and many other bird species because of its location beside the shallow waters of Boundary Bay, a major migratory stop-over and wintering area for tens of thousands of shorebirds, a hundred thousand waterfowl, and the greatest number and diversity of wintering birds of prey in Canada.

Just north of the airport is Burns Bog, a wetland habitat for ducks and geese, and the location of the Vancouver Landfill, which has attracted gulls and other scavengers ever since it opened in the mid ’60s. Tens of thousands of gulls, of several species, together with northwestern crows and bald eagles, feed at the landfill every day. Big flocks of gulls regularly fly across the airport to rest or roost in the bay and many join with clouds of blackbirds and crows to feed at a nearby compost facility and turf farm.

 

 Anne Murray is a naturalist and the author of two books on Lower Mainland nature and ecological history—Tracing Our Past: A Heritage Guide to Boundary Bay and A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay.

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Raincoast releases comprehensive report on BCs cougars

Conservation & Preservation

For Immediate Release: January 19, 2011

Contact: Raincoast Science Director Dr Chris Darimont (250-589-7873), Raincoast Senior Scientist Dr Paul Paquet (306-376-2015)

Sidney, BC – Today, in anticipation of the first provincial management plan for cougars,  Raincoast Conservation Foundation released the report, “British Columbia’s Neglected Carnivore: a conservation assessment and conservation planning guide for Cougars.”

The report, authored by Raincoast scientists Corinna Wainwright, Chris Darimont and Paul Paquet, builds a foundation for longer-term, larger- scale research, informed advocacy, and educational outreach throughout cougar distribution in BC, and on Vancouver Island in particular.

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