We are excited to have the opportunity to replace another culvert mid-way down the Squamish Training Berm (Culvert #4) with a larger fish-friendly opening this summer. The location of the work will be mid-way down the Berm just downstream of where the work was undertaken in 2019.
In the coming weeks we will be removing the vegetation alongside the culvert to clear the site and then prep the site to access the existing steel pipe culvert which will have to be removed. We plan to install the new fish-friendly box culvert during the summer low tide period in mid-September.
The proposed work schedule is:
August 10 - 31, 2020: Single Lane Closures (as we remove the vegetation and prep the site)
September 1 - 24, 2020: Full Road Closures with no access to traffic, cycling, or pedestrians
As always, these times are subject to change and we will keep this site up to date.
This project is an important step to provide access to the estuary for juvenile salmonids, especially Chinook salmon, that are leaving the Squamish River and need to enter into the estuary as part of their growth before they head out into Howe Sound. We are pleased to be working in partnership with Squamish Nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada and with the support of the District of Squamish, the Provincial government, Squamish Terminals, the Squamish Windsports Society, the Squamish Streamkeepers, the Squamish Environment Society, the Squamish Trails Society, and the community and user groups.
The Squamish estuary has undergone significant impacts over the years and this project is a step to help improve the natural integrity of the estuary and improve ecological diversification and function.
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.