Saturday, March 3, 2012

Urgent: Help Save the Kokish River!

The Kokish River, located on northeast Vancouver Island, is one of just three streams on the east coast of Vancouver Island that still have a rare run of wild summer-run steelhead.

The fish rich river is also home to five species of wild salmon, as well as coastal cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden. The Kokish rushes through a series of steep canyons, alternating between waterfalls and clear pools, making it an ideal destination for anglers, kayakers and nature lovers alike.

But the Kokish is at risk from a private power project that plans to put over 9 km of this 10 km wild river into a pipe, changing this bit of paradise forever.

The last hurdle this project faces is a permit from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

That is why we are asking you to write three federal politicians, and tell them how much you want the power project to be turned down and the Kokish River to remain wild:

Write Now!

Political Minister for BC, James Moore 604-937-5650

Local MP and Cabinet Minister John Duncan 250-338-9381

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield 613-992-1067

DFO Regional Director General Susan Farlinger 604-666-6098

Here are some points to you should add to your email:

  • The amount and quality of fish habitat will be severely reduced as a result of decreased stream flow.
  • Adult fish migrating upstream will be blocked or delayed.
  • Juvenile fish migrating downstream will encounter blockage or delay when migrating downstream by the water intake, and further delay in the reduced-flow diversion reach.
  • Rapid changes in water flow during project operations can damage fish and habitat by dewatering habitat and stranding fish.
  • The trapping of bed load behind the dam can prevent gravel from moving downstream and negatively impact fish rearing, spawning and incubation.
  • The intake weir will create an obstacle to migrating fish and the technology to mitigate this obstacle has not been proven on a river like the Kokish which has high flows and large volumes of debris.
  • Operational failure is a big concern at river diversion projects. When combined with reduced instream flows, delayed or blocked fish migration and reduced fish habitat the results can be significant.

Government’s sit up and take notice when people take the time to write a letter or phone about something they care about. Contact government officials NOW and encourage your friends and family to do so too. Together we can save the Kokish River!

You need to email your letter before March 10, 2012. In fact the sooner you write your letter the better, because the federal government is expected to come out with a decision any day.

Thanks for taking the time to stand up for the Kokish!

More information at the Save the Kokish website:

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