Letters: DFO and the dam

Decommissioning of DeMamiel Creek dam will sacrifice salmon

Good advice from Mr. Varney. Here’s my letter to the Regional Water Manager.

Regional Water Manager,

I live on DeMamiel Creek, on the upper end.  It runs through a pristine riparian zone through my backyard. There are coho carcasses and fry down in the creek. Well, I imagine the black bear sow and her twin cubs have finished them (carcasses, that is) off by now, if the resident eagles haven’t.

My point is, why decommission one of the few success stories in regards to DFO PR?  Is the department actively trying to wipe out wild stocks of salmon to facilitate more commercially lucrative contracts with the corporate lobby? Because that is how things are looking on the ground right now.  If that creek dries up and becomes seasonal, the DFO has willfully endangered that which they are charged to protect. The bears will become aggressive as they starve and will be forced towards more available garbage supplies, up Sooke.  The soil will lack ready nutrients in the riparian zone that so carefully protects the valued creek along its length. Eventually the trees will become more susceptible to disease and drought. The red cedar is especially vulnerable to drought.

What about the residential water license holders? They rely on the flow in that creek to provide their needs. Have they been consulted?  The stakeholders are the residents of local communities and First Nations, all of the volunteers from those communities. They are the stakeholders.

If the DFO thinks it can arbitrarily wipe out all that history, all the manhours and money already invested in this run to meet its requirement to slash the overall budget for the Minister of Fisheries, you had better come up with a new plan. To sacrifice any salmon run at this point in history is the very height of irresponsibility, to the point of Criminal Breach of Trust.

Please reconsider.

Kim Poirier

Sooke

Rather than sending it in the mail, letters addressed to the Regional Water Manager may be e-mailed to  John.Baldwin@gov.bc.ca. They should be cc’d to Richard Powley (dfo)  Richard.Powley@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Just Posted

‘More animals could have a chance:’ Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of a home

Animal rescue currently has 163 animals in foster and volunteer homes

Free-B Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Head to Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to see some family favourites on the big screen

Central Saanich accused of not following Climate Emergency declaration with urgent action

Motion to research climate response options and costs rejected then rescheduled in tense meeting

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Light up August with a lantern building workshop in Sidney

ArtSea workshops in preparation for Aug. 24 Salish Sea Lantern Festival

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read