Local salmon project granted more than $120,000

Mission project one of among 31 taking place throughout the region

A project to increase habitat for chum, coho, sockeye and chinook salmon in the Stave River is being given more than $120,000 through the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP).

The project, undertaken by the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, takes place near Silvermere Island and south of the Lougheed Highway.

Funding for this project will start this spring and conclude by early 2015.

The $120,380 endeavour will increase the availability of off-channel rearing and overwintering habitat for salmon through the excavation and restoration of tidal floodplain channels, and deep refuge ponds and habitat complexing.

It is among 31 fish and wildlife projects approved for more than $1.7 million in funding this year in the FWCP’s Coastal Region, which includes the Lower Mainland. For more information visit fwcp.ca.