Securing B.C.’s fresh water sources. Forever.
In 2020, we helped launch CodeBlue BC, a plan to secure B.C.’s fresh water sources forever. The CodeBlue BC plan has three parts:
1. Get tough on water wasters and polluters.
2. Make big industrial users pay the true cost of using B.C.’s water.
3. Give local people control over local water sources.
Find out more about the CodeBlue BC plan and how to add your voice.
About CodeBlue BC
Watersheds are the source of B.C.’s most precious resource – fresh water. Clean, plentiful fresh water is vital for wild salmon, our health and our local economies.
Climate change and decades of poor industrial practices in B.C.’s watersheds have degraded them over time. This puts community drinking water at risk, stresses wild salmon populations, and makes us more vulnerable to forest fires and floods.
We launched CodeBlue BC in 2020, in partnership with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, to improve watershed security in the province. CodeBlue BC has spurred thousands of British Columbians to take action for their watersheds.
THE HEART OF THE FRASER IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO PROTECTION!
With your support this precious stretch of the river between Mission and Hope, less than two hours drive from Vancouver, has narrowly avoided the threat of development. We have been successful in ensuring the permits for bridges to Herrling and Carey Islands have been denied. This region provides prime spawning habitat for salmon and white sturgeon and serves as a nursery for millions of baby salmon every year. Herrling and Carey Islands not only provide a large amount of vital fish habitat but are an important area for fishing and outdoor recreation.
Developers cleared massive amounts of forest on both islands and applied to build bridges to these islands which, if approved, would have led to the destruction of critical fish habitat for agriculture. As of June 2019, the bridge permit for Herrling Island has been denied and the owners of Carey Island have withdrawn their application.
There is now a major effort by BC’s conservation community to secure, protect and restore these islands. Three actions are needed:
- Acquire key private properties with sensitive habitats
- Push DFO to consider these islands for protection as Canada’s first Ecologically Sensitive Area
- Work with the Province to create a comprehensive process of collaboration
The future of the Fraser as one of the world’s great salmon rivers depends on its success.