The Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS), in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Squamish Nation is currently implementing phase 1 of the Central Estuary Restoration Project. Phase 1 of the project is focused on upgrading an existing culvert to improve fish access between the Squamish River and the estuary, and active construction for this commenced in April 2019.
Visitors to the site over the weekend may have notice that we haven't pulled the dam from the river as we had hoped to do on Friday due to construction delays in the ever changing estuary environment. We are happy to report that we were able to remove the dam in the morning low tide cycle today - the culvert open to flow and fish!
Due to construction delays, we need to extend the daily road closure currently in effect. The following road closures have been added to finalize road reconstruction:
After this week, there will still be equipment working on site and we do not anticipate the need for additional road closures, though there may be a requirement for single lane traffic depending on works. Thank-you for your continued understanding as we work restore fish access to the estuary for juvenile Chinook Salmon in their rearing life stage, as they emerge from the river systems and transition for life at sea.
The Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS), formed in 1998, takes a holistic approach towards watershed management, examining the headwaters down to the estuary and into Howe Sound. We are committed to enhancing and preserving the integrity of the Squamish Watershed, focusing on key environmental factors and human influences.