Coquitlam Watershed and Kwikwetlem Sockeye


The Coquitlam River Watershed is one of many watersheds found on the north shore of the Fraser River here in Metro Vancouver. This watershed was shaped by forces of glaciation approximately 10,000 to 14,000 years ago.

The Lower Coquitlam Watershed, below the Coquitlam Lake Dam, includes at least 30 watercourses. The two largest tributaries of the Coquitlam River are Or Creek with a catchment area of approximately 22 sq km and the Hoy/Scott/Pinnacle Creek catchment area of approximately 17.5 sq km. Many of us in the Tri-Cities live, work or attend school within the Coquitlam Watershed.

The Coquitlam River watershed is part of the traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation. Kwikwetlem means “Red Fish Up The River”. Archaeology confirms that the Kwikwetlem First Nation has continuously occupied their traditional territory for at least 9000 years, since the last ice age that formed the watershed. Today, they are working hard to restore their culture, traditions and livelihood, all of which depend on a healthy Coquitlam River.

Metro Vancouver, Kwikwetlem First Nation, BC Hydro and the Kwikwetlem Salmon Restoration Program (KSRP) are partnering to protect water quality and restore sockeye salmon in the Coquitlam Watershed. They would like to tell you more about what they’re doing, and hear your input. To that end, they are conducting an open house next week. Here are the details:

When
Wednesday, June 16
Open House 6-7 pm
Presentations 7-8 pm

Where
Poirier Community Centre [map]

More Info
Please RSVP by June 14 to CorporateRelations@metrovancouver.org or to Pilar at 604.436.6993. Refreshments will be available.

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