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Salmon habitat to recover from Trans Mountain pipeline work within 2 years: DFO

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 2 weeks ago by Keith Worrall  35

Modified Mar 10th, 2019 at 2:14 PM

Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a Chilliwack stream altered habitat for young salmon, but the creek is expected to return to normal in one to two years, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Two biologists with the department visited Stewart Creek on Jan. 30 after receiving a complaint from Mike Pearson, a biologist with 30 years of experience who raised concerns about the work done by Trans Mountain Corp.

Pearson said in January that the placement of 17 metres of articulated concrete mats at the bottom of the stream had reduced hiding places for coho and chum salmon and inhibited growth of the aquatic invertebrates they feed on.

The Fisheries Department said the habitat has been altered but the natural accumulation of sediment is expected to restore the salmon habitat.

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