LETTER: Enhance economy without destroying environment

Lifting barge moratorium opens the floodgates for massive industrial expansion

The Mission waterfront is known to be critical habitat for endangered white sturgeon, one of our community’s treasures.  Council’s recent decision to reverse Mission’s ban on barge loading on the Fraser river threatens sturgeon habitat, and completely disregards the environmental and social importance of a healthy river ecosystem to our community.

Lifting the moratorium opens the floodgates for massive industrial expansion by the Vancouver Port Authority and others, bringing increased noise (24/7), truck traffic through the downtown (to load the barges), and pollution of the river.

The floodplain of the Fraser also creates prime agricultural soils, necessary for our community’s food security. These soils will be damaged by contamination and compaction due to the influx of trucks and heavy equipment destined for the barges.

Proponents of industrialization of our riverfront claim it will create jobs, but appear to disregard the economic value of the worlds “No. 1 Salmon River” which has been estimated to bring $6 million each year to the local economy from the lucrative sports fishing industry, not to mention the importance of the salmon to area wildlife and eagles.

Surely there must be a way to enhance Mission’s economy without destroying our environmental heritage!

Tracy Lyster

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Solidarity demonstration planned for Abbotsford on Friday

People gathering to protest police brutality and systemic racism in downtown Abbotsford

Fraser River freshet peak is coming soon

Predictions for 2020 by River Forecast Centre has the freshet peak at the Mission gauge for June 4-5

PHOTOS: Harrison Hot Springs Resort reopens

Reopening both celebrated and sombre as Harrison opens up again

Chilliwack youth planning solidarity march against racism

Organizer hoping to ‘create a type of a energy in the city that we will not be silent about racism’

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bandits super fan celebrates 100th birthday

Abbotsford resident Gladys Sautter surprised by Bandits representatives on big day

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The importance of accurate, ethical reporting is critical – perhaps as never before

About 30% of B.C. students return to schools as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

RCMP, coroner investigate ‘unexpected deaths’ on Salt Spring Island

Two dead, police say there is no risk to the public

Trudeau avoids questions about anti-racism protesters dispersed for Trump photo-op

Prime minister says racism is an issue Canadians must tackle at home, too

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

B.C. NDP says Andrew Wilkinson is wrong about federal link

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

Most Read