Stave River Spawning Habitat Restoration


This year, 2014 with our partners, we will restore the Lower Stave tidal estuary, within the property owned by Ducks Unlimited Canada to support overwintering salmon. Works will involve the use of heavy machinery, and will take place starting mid-September 2014. In the fall we will have volunteer opportunities to help us plant this habitat. In the Media Spotlight.


This project is funded by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program on behalf of its program partners BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and the public, who work together to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by the construction of BC Hydro dams.



The Lower Stave River is regarded as one of the most productive Chum salmon habitats in the province. The area between the Ruskin Power Station and the Fraser River is highly braided with numerous gravel bars and side channels. This section of river supports the second largest chum salmon population in the Fraser River watershed (after the Harrison River). Over 500,000 chum salmon and thousands of Coho and Chinook salmon have been recorded spawning within these gravelled channels. The presence of the Ruskin dam restricts the range of habitat that the salmon can use; consequently, only the lower 3 km section of the Stave River provide habitat for spawning salmon. To ensure the Lower Stave remains a highly productive system, monitoring and periodic restoration of in-stream and off-channel habitat quality and quantity is necessary.

Since 1990, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and BC Hydro have been completing major habitat restoration projects in this area. In partnership with these organizations, and with the support from Kwantlen First Nation, Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition continued efforts to enhance the salmon and wildlife habitat within the Lower Stave River have been completed.


Project Photos 2012/2013 Restoration 

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Thank you to our 2013 Funders and Partners

Recreational Fisheries Compensation Partnership Program
BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Vancouver Foundation
Kwantlen First Nation
DFO Salmon Enhancement Program
Fraser Valley Regional District
Ministry of Transporation and Infastructure