To maintain public safety the south end of the Squamish River Training Berm (the Spit Road) is shut down to traffic until further notice to accommodate heavy equipment operation. The SRWS is striving to maintain intermittent access to the Spit as works permit in the next week but works currently require full closure. Notices will be placed if intermittent access resumes.
Intermittent and full closure to vehicle access can be expected through May 2019, with side channel work carrying on through June 2019 as works are limited by available low tide windows. Updates will be posted on the blog as they become available. We appreciate your understanding as we work to complete this important habitat restoration work to improve access for juvenile salmon from the Squamish River in the the estuary.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com and for more information on the habitat restoration project please visit: https://www.squamishwatershed.com/central-estuary-restoration.html
We are pleased to announce we will be moving forward with phase 1 of the Central Estuary Restoration Project. Culvert 3 (see yellow arrow in photo) will be replaced with a 3m x 3m box culvert to improve fish access at this location. As of April 22, 2019 there will be heavy equipment operating onsite. The road will remain open to the public from April 22 - 28 as the site is prepared, materials are transported for construction. On April 29, 2019 the lower portion of the road will be closed to traffic (approx. location see red sign in photo) to allow for removal and replacement of the culvert during the low tide windows.
The project team is working toward a goal of reopening the road to traffic by May 15th, and will continue to undertake work in the side channel areas during the low tide windows in May and June. Re-vegetation of the site will take place following active construction works. Works schedules are subject to change when working in this highly variable environment, and the SRWS will update stakeholders and the community of any unforeseen changes to our schedule.
This project is being undertaken in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Squamish Nation, and the support of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource and Rural Operations, the District of Squamish, and in consultation with various community stakeholders including the Squamish Windsport Society.
Please share this news with anyone who you think may be interested or who uses this Spit Road and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 892 7919.
Thank you for your patience as we undertake this exciting project. Our intention is to improve fish access from the Squamish River into the Central Estuary for juvenile salmonids, in particular Chinook salmon, as they make their way down the rivers and make the physiological transition to life at sea.
To find out more about the project, please visit Central Estuary Restoration.
The Squamish River Watershed Society continues to work with the District of Squamish, Squamish Terminals, Squamish Windsports Society, and our project partners, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Squamish Nation, to move forward with Phase 1 of the project which involves replacement of a culvert at a key location (in this case, the third culvert from the entrance at Fisherman's Entrance) with a clear span bridge to improve access for salmonids from the Squamish River into the Central Estuary.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, as a Committee of the Whole meeting with the District of Squamish, DOS council approved the following motion: THAT the District of Squamish support modifications to the Squamish River training berm including replacement of existing culvert with an open channel through the berm and a new single lane bridge to create an improved connection between the Squamish River and estuary, AND THAT the District of Squamish establishes a maintenance agreement with the Province and Fisheries and Oceans Canada for new infrastructure prior to accepting any maintenance responsibilities.
The SRWS is continuing to discuss the overall long-term oversight of the entire three phases of the project with provincial staff and in late January hopes to initiate construction of the culvert replacement and hold a public meeting to provide an update on works completed to date and discuss the next two phases of the project: examining the realignment of the lower 750 m of the Spit and installation of a control structure across the CN Spur line to reestablish tidal flows between the Central Estuary (Site A) and upper Bridge Pond.
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.