2017 Peach Creek, Vedder River Salmon Habitat Restoration

2017 Peach Creek, Vedder River Salmon Habitat Restoration

Beginning August 8, 2017, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the City of Chilliwack, efforts to restore and extend salmon spawning habitat along Peach Creek between Webster Rd. and Peach Rd. within the Rotary Trail and the setback dyke trail will commence.

The purpose of this project is to improve and create additional off-channel salmon spawning habitat along the Vedder River to support resilient salmon populations.  Creating these off-channel habitats is particularly important in the Vedder River system as the main river can become quite turbulent (unclear and carrying sediment) and can be harmful to our salmon. Peach Creek is supported by groundwater and is an off-channel habitat. By extending and enhancing this creek, it will provide the much needed habitat for our salmon:  cool, clear groundwater that is protected by vegetation and large logs and offers ample food supply of invertebrates.

Much like the work completed at Browne Creek Wetlands, activities will include the use of heavy machinery and trucks, will incorporate replanting and bioengineering and will welcome the participation from volunteers.

This project has been funded by the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Royal Bank of Canada’s Community Action Grant.

Shown above is Peach Creek spawning grounds.

Shown above is the conceptual restoration image, actual design will be shown once complete.