Katzie Slough waterway tour and restoration event returns to Pitt Meadows Saturday

The third annual Katzie Slough clean-up tales place this Saturday. - TIMES files
The third annual Katzie Slough clean-up tales place this Saturday.
— image credit: TIMES files

Take a tour down an ancient slough with Watershed Watch and the Katzie Slough Restoration Project in Pitt Meadows, this Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society’s Connected Waters campaign is partnering with local organizations to help restore waterways that are disconnected from the main rivers by flood-boxes and gates. This ageing infrastructure prevents access to important salmon habitat. Unfortunately, many of these sites have become dead-zones that cannot support a healthy, diverse ecosystem.

The Katzie Slough, named after the Katzie Nation in whose territory it is situated, was once an important waterway connecting the summer and winter villages. It was also salmon habitat, part of a network of waterways providing important nursery habitat for migrating salmon in the lower Fraser. Watershed restoration is an integral part of bringing back British Columbia’s wild salmon.

Participants will travel a portion of the Slough, cleaning it up as they paddle. We will have dip nets and fish traps so canoeists can see what lies beneath the surface. Also scheduled later this year are further cleanups, storm-drain marking activities, as well as invasive plant pulls and native plantings to improve fish habitat.

Event Details:

·        Saturday April 30, 2016,  10am – 1pm

·        Location:

~13074 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows

Meet where Harris Road crosses the Katzie Slough

·        Cost: $20/person (canoe provided) or free with own canoe/kayak

·        Weather: this event happens rain or shine. Bring water & dress for the weather

·        RSVP REQUIRED as canoe availability is limited

o   RSVP: or 604-537-2341

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