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RESEARCH AND ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES

Resilient Waters is working to advance best practices at the intersection of flood infrastructure, fish passage, climate change, ecosystems, and land use. We are advancing this through collaborative research projects, webinars and workshops, and a collection of resources from others.

Fish and Water Quality Monitoring at Priority Sites

We've collected fish and water quality data from 2021-2023 at our 25 high priority sites. The work is led by Mike Pearson and Pearson Ecological, in partnership with Watershed Watch Salmon Society and First Nations. Click below to access the data.

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Evaluating Fish Passage through Flood Infrastructure

We are actively researching fish passage through three different types of floodgates on the Coquitlam River in ƛ̓éxətəm Regional Park (Colony Farm Regional Park). The study compares a rare automated floodgate with a typical top mounted floodgate and a side mounted gate using novel and innovative which lets us see each individual salmon's success in passing at the floodgates. The research is being done in a partnership with UBC Pacific Salmon Lab, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and Metro Vancouver Parks.

Helpful Resources on Flood Infrastructure and Salmon

A report from the two day workshop from June 2019 that summarizes the issue of flood infrastructure and fish passage from a cross-sector perspective within the Lower Fraser. The workshop was hosted by Watershed Watch Salmon Society

The ELC paper examines the legal requirements to manage fish and fish habitat and makes six recommendations to improve flood management infrastructure.

The problem and solutions to fish passage by flood and tide gates

The problem with and solutions to pumpstations and fish passage

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