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Stand up for Burnaby Mountain's Stoney Creek

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

Children releasing salmon fry into Stoney Creek
Children releasing salmon fry into Stoney Creek

Stoney Creek is a salmon-bearing stream that flows from UniverCity and Burquitlam down through the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, and along the borders of Coquitlam and Burnaby into the Brunette River just east of Burnaby Lake.

This creek is a spawning ground for coho and chum salmon and has been a success story for volunteer-led creek restoration. Each year children from University Highlands Elementary School join in releasing baby salmon into Stoney Creek to help enhance the number of salmon in the creek.

Unfortunately, Stoney Creek has suffered from a number of recent pollution spills, including sewage spewing from storm drains and poor practices by land developers in Coquitlam causing the creek to turn grey with contamination. A recent contaminant spill, thought to be concrete, resulted in hundreds of dead fish washing up along the creek. Yet another spill was observed yesterday at the Coquitlam culvert. (You can read more about the recent history of Stoney Creek pollution and efforts to keep it healthy in this Burnaby Beacon article).

Code Blue and the Stoney Creek Environment Committee are encouraging citizens to reach out to government and ask for better protections against pollution for our local salmon stream. Visit their website to find out how you can lend your support:

Dead fish in Stoney Creek following a pollutant spill, July 30, 2022 (Alan James)
Dead fish in Stoney Creek following a pollutant spill, 2021 (Lindsay Carson)

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