EJ4Climate Project

Increasing the flood resilience of lower Fraser First Nations communities, while rebuilding damaged salmon habitats

Organization: Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Our mission is to defend and rebuild B.C.’s wild salmon, along the water and in the community. Over vision is: Thriving wild salmon runs across B.C. forever.

Location: The cities of: Hope, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Delta, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam. Thirty-one Mainland Coast Salish (Indigenous) communities located in the Fraser River floodplain.
Country: Canada
Other Organizations Involved: Active project partners: First Nations Emergency Planning Secretariat, Resilient Waters (a project of MakeWay Canada); Other partners include: Farmland Advantage, Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (Indigenous organization) and Floodplains by Design (Washington State); Academic partner: University of British Columbia (Kees Lockman, Chair, School of Landscape Architecture)

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Background

Our proposed project will build on an existing major project, called “Resilient Waters” (see www.resilientwaters.ca), that is identifying key flood control sites where fish passage and fish habitat can be restored.

The desired result is to ensure that government flood management strategies, flood infrastructure upgrades and associated habitat restoration works find solutions that address the needs and priorities of First Nations alongside other community and sectoral values, while improving salmon habitat.

Goals

Main activities

Outcomes

Create new norms for flood and floodplain management. The positive impacts that are expected to carry on past the life of this grant cycle include: