This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with a great bunch of folks. They are members of the BC Lake Stewardship Society, a volunteer-driven organization doing incredibly important work to protect and restore of lakes throughout BC. During the conference I learned a great deal about the very significant challenges confronting and confounding their efforts towards this goal. Not the least of which is the lack of commitment and diminishing capacity within the federal and provincial government agencies to support the necessary science.
Case in point, William Creek which flows into Lakelse about a half hour drive south of Terrace. Just up to last year, Department of Fisheries and Oceans personnel walked the creek annually and conducted gillnet casts to catch sockeye salmon. From the individuals caught in the sample, important data was gathered which enable scientists to assess the abundance and health of a stream’s population. This information is critical for sustainable fisheries management.
Because they deeply care about Lakelse, people within the community of Terrace, have banded together forming the Lakelse Watershed Society and have taken on such things as continuing to do stock assessments in Williams Lake and several other streams. It was great fun to tag along and watch these dedicated volunteers in action!