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Citation Harper, D, Slaney, P, Wilson, G. 2007. Lower Cheakamus river habitat compensation: Pilot reach bank-secured large wood restoration. Prepared for Canadian National Railway.
Organization Canadian National Railway
URL http://www.certc.ca/_pdf/LWDDemoConsultationJune07.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords Historical riparian impacts and a major chemical spill in mid-summer 2005 at the
Cheakamus River have reduced critical wild salmonid habitats and stock productivity,
respectively. In consideration of the latter, habitat restoration measures are
recommended within the lower gradient reaches of the mainstem, involving an initial
“pilot demonstration phase” of 11 habitat structures in 2007. Rationale for the project is
that further large woody debris (LWD) restoration in the river is needed to ensure
improvements in salmonid egg-to-smolt survival as well as achieving some recovery of
historical losses in habitat capacity. Effectiveness monitoring will be conducted to
evaluate salmonid utilization of structure sites/sections compared to untreated controls.
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Howe Sound & Sunshine Coast
Sub-watershed if known Cheakamus River
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Project status complete
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