Seymour River Estuary RestorationSeymour River Estuary Restoration<div class="ExternalClass0C27417238614993A89AACFD6550FA64"> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Seymour River Estuary Enhancement Project</a> was identified in Metro Vancouver’s Ecological Health Action Plan as one of four projects in the ‘Support Salmon in the Cities’ initiative. Our partners in this vital project include the District of North Vancouver, the Squamish First Nation, the Seymour Salmonid Society, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the provincial Environment Ministry, and BCIT’s Living Rivers Institute. </p> <p>The Seymour River estuary is located between the Second Narrows Bridge and the Allied Ship Yard in North Vancouver, and is a partly enclosed body of freshwater connected to Burrard Inlet. </p> <p>Healthy estuaries are critical for the survival of salmon smolts as they head to the open ocean. Once the estuary restoration project is complete, juvenile salmon will acclimatize to the salt water before entering Burrard Inlet and returning adults will have cover and refuge from predators.</p> <p>To date, $455,000 has been secured for the restoration project. Metro Vancouver has committed $110,000 and $40,000 of in-kind services including labour and equipment for habitat enhancement projects.</p> <p>The project demonstrates Metro Vancouver’s efforts to restore degraded ecosystems, and a commitment to fisheries management, which is one component of the Joint Water Use Plan for the Capilano and Seymour watersheds.</p> <p>Once the project is complete, a 30-minute documentary will be produced by BCIT to showcase this successful collaboration, and an information kiosk will be placed at the entrance to the estuary.</p></div>|#e8164e0a-1e1f-4710-9084-7e828c0b1066;L0|#0e8164e0a-1e1f-4710-9084-7e828c0b1066|Issue 2;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassC315FE7DF93640159267F1BDCD3D74A6"> <p>With inflows of both sea and fresh water, the Seymour River estuary should work as a productive natural habitat. Over the years, however, the estuary has been degraded by heavy industry and other development causing altered water flows, losses of gravel and woody debris, and the growth of invasive plant species.</p> <p>Metro Vancouver and a number of partners are undertaking an ecological restoration project to improve the health of the estuary’s ecosystem and increase fish survival. </p></div>