Letters: Dam important

Writer questions the DFO's decision to dismantle Bill James dam on Demamiel Creek

Dam important

Does DFO really stand for Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans? Or is DFO an acronym for some other group?

We have lived on De Mamiel Creek since 1976. My kitchen looks down on the stream and we have enjoyed for years and years the fall salmon runs. In the beginning we (if we chose) could have walked across the creek on the backs of those salmon. Their numbers were vast and literally uncountable. I do not know the type of salmon that were/are in the system, I just know there were so many.

Over the years those numbers have dwindled and we now take great comfort in the fact that the volunteers from the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society capture and take the eggs and sperm to the hatchery  ensuring future generations of fish.

As the numbers of fish dwindled the urgency to protect and ensure those future generations of fish was front and foremost in the DFO’s mandate. There were a few years where DFO actually cleared a rough path along side the creek and hand fed the fry that were locked in pools as the water levels dropped over the summer months. If it was that important then what is happening now?

How would this appear for a headline in a visit Sooke flyer – A beautiful oceanside town built on a history of fishing and logging – where the DFO disregards and endangers the salmon populations? (The logging part is another letter altogether.)

With the removal of the Bill James Dam, the stress on the creek could well be insurmountable.Our weather is changing —  summers and winters with little rain. How will the fry survive? This stress is compounded by the fact that CRD will not allow developers to bring city water into the Otter Point District due to existing growth strategy rules. By forbidding the water, developers are forced to dig wells, surface or deep, which only further compounds the stress on the creek.

These wells pull ground water from the water table stopping the surface waters from replenishing the creeks.

We are definitely concerned as there appears to be an obvious lack of that valuable ground water now  — as we are witnessing trucks hauling potable water  to homes in our district 12 months of the year.

My question to the DFO is, what are/were you thinking?

Lexa J. Gollmer

Sooke

 

 

Just Posted

Mudslide closes viewing area at Sooke Potholes

Safety concerns have led to the closure

Second co-housing community planned for Sooke

Community described as a ‘new way of living’

Gas pipeline protest planned for Sooke

Local activists join with other protests across Canada

Bike thief steals elderly man’s electric-assist bike

Bicycle is a black Raleigh Sprite IE Electric stolen from 600-block of Toronto Street

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read